Kirsters Baish| During the Clinton administration there weren’t too many things that conservative Americans were happy with, however welfare reform was an exception. We really needed it, and Newt Gingrich did all he could do in order to make it happen. That’s a main reason as to why Republicans were basically in charge during Clinton’s administration until things veered offtrack in the late 1990s/ Americans wanted welfare reform to help mend our failing welfare system, and we got welfare reform.
Move on to this year, 2018, and it seems that the welfare system is out of control in a way that it has never been before. And as it seems, the Republicans are going to be the ones to fix it, yet again.
While the focus of our country is on former FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller and his “witch hunt.” President Trump just did something huge in the fight for welfare reform.
Cal Thomas from Fox News had the scoop on Trump’s executive order:
President Trump last week signed an executive order, the purpose of which is, according to a White House press release, to reduce poverty in America “by promoting opportunity and economic mobility.”
Some of that is already happening with unemployment numbers the lowest they’ve been in 17 years.
The press release says that in 2017, “the Federal Government spent more than $700 billion on low-income assistance.” It notes that since modern welfare began during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the system has become a large bureaucracy with little incentive for people to look for work.
He went on to explain that conservatives tend to measure success by how many people do NOT receive government assistance, not by how many do. He explained that helping people become independent from the government is the best thing that we can do as a country, and he is 100% correct. Wanting Americans to be able to fend for themselves shows TRUE compassion, because compassion isn’t handing out unlimited welfare checks and encouraging people to be lazy. True compassion is helping people when they need it most, and aiding those on welfare to create lives for themselves in which they do not have to depend on the government for assistance is the best help that Americans can get.
Clearly Trump isn’t going to get rid of welfare, because our country needs a safety net, but making sure that those utilizing the system actually need the help isn’t a bad idea.
Food stamp participation has begun to fall rapidly since Trump took office, and this is great news.
From The Daily Caller:
The number of food stamp dependent Americans hit a six-year low in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, reflecting an improving economy and falling unemployment, according to a U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) report.
An average of 42.2 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program in 2017, which is an 11 percent decrease from 2013, when a record number of people used food stamps, according to USDA.
“Federal spending for SNAP totaled $68.0 billion or 4 percent less than in the previous fiscal year,” USDA reported. “This was also 15 percent less than the historical high of $79.9 billion set in FY 2013.”
This makes year four that SNAP participation has dropped. Before these four years, the amount of people in our country on food stamps had risen for 12 years. Roughly 13 percent of Americans used the SNAP program in 2017, which is much higher than pre-recession numbers.
Things are changing now that Trump is in office, and this is great news.