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Millions of Americans Get Off Food Stamps Thanks to President Trump

When Barack Obama was president, the number of Americans on food stamps increased drastically. Under President Donald Trump–not surprisingly–that number has significantly decreased.

When Obama entered office in 2009, about 33 million Americans were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “SNAP”, most commonly known as food stamps. By 2013, that number had shot up to 48 million

That’s a jump of more than 48 percent!

But President Trump has shifted those numbers in the opposite direction. According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), enrollment in the SNAP program has dropped by 3,899,257.

This means food stamp use is lower than it’s been in ten years!

This is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that this program costs $5 billion a month.

That’s $60 billion a year, all at taxpayers’ expense.

What Has Changed?

Many attribute this decrease to states passing new work or school requirements to receive public assistance.

But Trump has taken such reforms a step further: His administration has proposed making it harder for both legal immigrants and the children of illegal aliens to receive assistance.

“A central theme of the Trump administration has been to expand prosperity for all Americans, which includes helping people lift themselves out of pervasive poverty,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in November, when the Trump administration first floated these new rules. Perdue also said these proposals could restore “the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population, while it’s also respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program.”

“A recent study showed that food stamp usage among people who recently immigrated to the United States in the past five years has dropped by 10%, even though the rules have not yet been passed,” The Daily Signal reports. “A new survey from the nonpartisan policy group Children’s HealthWatch found that … SNAP enrollment among immigrant families in the U.S. less than five years is down about 10 percent,’ ABC News reported in November.”

The Signal also notes that about 9 million legal immigrants and “children born in the U.S. to people who entered illegally — are in the SNAP program.”

How About Instead of Stamps, Give People Actual Food?

The Daily Signal also reports about what might be the most promising aspect of Trump’s food stamp reform yet:

And in his 2018 proposed budget, Trump offered a novel idea: Instead of giving needy people stamps they can redeem for food, why not just give them actual food?

The program would be called “America’s Harvest Box.” Perdue called it “a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families — and all of it is home-grown by American farmers and producers.”

“The USDA believes that state governments will be able to deliver this food at much less cost than SNAP recipients currently pay for food at retail stores — thus reducing the overall cost of the SNAP program by $129 billion over the next 10 years,” NPR reported. “This and other changes in the SNAP program, according to the Trump administration, will reduce the SNAP budget by $213 billion over those years — cutting the program by almost 30 percent.”

How about that? Giving people actual food instead of stamps would still help some in need and save American taxpayers a boatload of money.

Just another way Donald Trump is doing everything he can to Make American Great Again.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • Back, in the day, I remember getting food. Loved the cheese. Too many people sell their stamps and many vendors profit from it.

  • Democrats have ben keeping people "down on the farm" for decades with handouts. Those hand outs are designed to keep you right where you are. Whatever the government can give you the government can take away. What have those handouts cost you? Generations of poverty and no hope. Things have gotten worse not better. Democrats are not even allowed the right to their own opinion - look how anyone who does not toe the party line is treated. How can anyone truly be free when they are not entitled to their own damned opinion?

  • Democrats have ben keeping people "down on the farm" for decades with handouts. Those hand outs are designed to keep you right where you are. Whatever the government can give you the government can take away. What have those handouts cost you? Generations of poverty and no hope. Things have gotten worse not better. Democrats are not even allowed the right to their own opinion - look how anyone who does not toe the party line is treated. How can anyone truly be free when they are not entitled to their own damned opinion?

  • Democrats have ben keeping people "down on the farm" for decades with handouts. Those hand outs are designed to keep you right where you are. Whatever the government can give you the government can take away. What have those handouts cost you? Generations of poverty and no hope. Things have gotten worse not better. Democrats are not even allowed the right to their own opinion - look how anyone who does not toe the party line is treated. How can anyone truly be free when they are not entitled to their own damned opinion?

  • Democrats have ben keeping people "down on the farm" for decades with handouts. Those hand outs are designed to keep you right where you are. Whatever the government can give you the government can take away. What have those handouts cost you? Generations of poverty and no hope. Things have gotten worse not better. Democrats are not even allowed the right to their own opinion - look how anyone who does not toe the party line is treated. How can anyone truly be free when they are not entitled to their own damned opinion?

  • LOL, I couldn't even read the article before I had to comment. You know we need to re-write the headline for CNN and BSNBC. "TRUMP KICKS MILLIONS OFF FOOD STAMPS SINCE TAKING OFFICE..3.3 million no longer able to receive aid.". Can't you see it now? Now I can go back and read.

  • LOL, I couldn't even read the article before I had to comment. You know we need to re-write the headline for CNN and BSNBC. "TRUMP KICKS MILLIONS OFF FOOD STAMPS SINCE TAKING OFFICE..3.3 million no longer able to receive aid.". Can't you see it now? Now I can go back and read.

  • Hard core socialists, like Bernie the Red, will say this is racist and a lie. President Trump is starving people by cutting food stamps. Kay has her finger on the pulse, creating jobs is bad because people lose access to government programs when they are gainfully employed and there are disgruntled workers eeking by on low salaries 40 hours a week that have problems paying their bills and staying above water on credit. But that is the problem that needs to be addressed not putting them back into dependency on the USG that is Bernie's solution to everything. And while I'm at it, how did Bernie the Red become an expert of race relations when he represents a state that is 95% white?.

  • LOL, I couldn't even read the article before I had to comment. You know we need to re-write the headline for CNN and BSNBC. "TRUMP KICKS MILLIONS OFF FOOD STAMPS SINCE TAKING OFFICE..3.3 million no longer able to receive aid.". Can't you see it now? Now I can go back and read.

  • Hard core socialists, like Bernie the Red, will say this is racist and a lie. President Trump is starving people by cutting food stamps. Kay has her finger on the pulse, creating jobs is bad because people lose access to government programs when they are gainfully employed and there are disgruntled workers eeking by on low salaries 40 hours a week that have problems paying their bills and staying above water on credit. But that is the problem that needs to be addressed not putting them back into dependency on the USG that is Bernie's solution to everything. And while I'm at it, how did Bernie the Red become an expert of race relations when he represents a state that is 95% white?.

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