I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

When President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, unveiled the administration’s budget blueprint earlier this week, which calls for significant cuts
to food stamps, he noted that the aim of the budget was to get people working.

“If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go to work. If you’re on disability insurance and you’re not supposed to be — if you’re
not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work,” Mulvaney said Tuesday.

But the reality is, many people (44 percent) who rely on SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as food stamps is now known — have at least
one person in the family working, according to
the latest figures
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

And when it comes to families on SNAP with kids, a majority — 55 percent — are bringing home wages, according to USDA. The problem is, those wages aren’t
enough to actually live on. …

In fact, SNAP already requires able-bodied adults without children to find a job within three months and to work at least 20 hours a week within three
months or lose their benefits. All told, about 42 million people receive SNAP benefits.


Published by lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord Jesus...now, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

5 thoughts on “I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

  1. If what I’m hearing from some people who work with those in need is correct, its going to be cut from those who are here illegally or shown to be able bodied and not from those in actual need, as you describe. There is going to be a huge crackdown on fraud, like showing picture ID that matches your looks and establishments who accept them from people who cannot show ID or make trades that are not included in legal use of SNAP. There will be some who fall through the cracks, sadly, there always are…and I won’t minimize the problems, there.

    1. Thank you for commenting.
      One of the real dilemmas in providing services of any kind is, there will always be people who use the system. How to deal with them without hurting people who are there legitimately is a challenge. Defunding is not the answer; enforcing safeguards and regulations that are already in place will help.
      Speaking from a social work point of view, any time a program is criteria-based, these problems will arise. One real challenge we have is, it will take time and a very comprehensive approach to do things differently. From what I have read (I think I’m up to about seven or eight different sources now) people in need will be seriously impacted. Again, that comes with the broadbrush approach to social services. One of these days, I’ll write more details about my “dream solution.”

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