From 2009 to 2012 Democrats added over 15 million people onto food stamps. It didn’t end there. The Feds encouraged states to sign people up for SNAP, Free School Lunches, and Welfare. The Medicaid Expansion provision of ObamaCare existed to get people on that too.
The Left’s obsession with the Great Recession was not ending it, but using it to get people hooked into and dependent on government programs. To expand the dependent class. New Hampshire Republicans helped. Medicaid Expansion was never something we needed, but they pushed it along and refused to sunset it.
On the opposing end of that spectrum, we have Donald Trump. He wanted to shrink the dependent class. To do that he got Republicans to help him cut taxes and embarked on a path meant to create jobs and lift wages. He has done that.
Record low black and Hispanic unemployment. Record low youth unemployment. Wages are rising. Our economy is ticking along. And there are 6.2 million fewer people on Food stamps.
The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president.
It’s not all Trump. States began adding rules that required recipients to work or attend a school or enter into a job training program. A hand up, not a handout. Something to get you by while you get back on your feet like Medicaid work requirements. Able-bodied folks are asked to hold jobs then taxpayers will help with their medical needs until they can arrange something better.
Democrats oppose that. As a matter of policy, they support the opposite. And they are not shy about it.
Higher taxes, more regulation, more government dependents. State control of medical care, energy, education, what you believe, the right to defend yourself, even what you can say. It never ends.
Open borders, and policies that hitch illegals and criminal aliens to taxpayer-funded services. Trump is trying to stop that too.
The Trump administration is working to close loopholes and end double-dipping. All while building an economy that invites people to work for themselves instead of becoming vote slaves on subsistence government “payrolls.”
It’s working, but there is much left to be done. And the left doesn’t want anyone doing any of it.