As the president continues to “Make America Great Again,” he’s added another major feat to his long list of achievements.
More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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.
Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history.
Is anyone really surprised? When Donald Trump puts something on his agenda, that “something” gets done. In this case, the “something” was an executive order he put in last April to reduce poverty.
From One News Now:
The plummeting number of Americans dependent on food stamps has been on the Trump administration’s agenda for some time, as it has been carrying out its “Executive Order Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility,” which endeavors to get Americans back on their feet and in control of their own finances.
“Unfortunately, many of the programs designed to help families have instead delayed economic independence, perpetuated poverty and weakened family bonds,” the order reads, which is posted on WhiteHouse.gov. “While bipartisan welfare reform enacted in 1996 was a step toward eliminating the economic stagnation and social harm that can result from long-term Government dependence, the welfare system still traps many recipients – especially children – in poverty and is in need of further reform and modernization in order to increase self-sufficiency, well-being and economic mobility.”
Written and signed by Trump last April, the directive contends that more money funneling into the welfare system merely increases dependence on the government and takes away the motivation of Americans to search for work and achieve success without federal aid.
Now not all of the success goes to Trump, though, because there was someone else that was responsible.
Who is that, you may ask?
That would be Barack Obama, who was responsible for creating such a massive welfare dependency in the first place.
While Trump gets credit for fixing it, Obama gets the credit for breaking it, per the Daily Caller:
Under the Obama administration as part of a 2009 stimulus package, states were allowed to waive work requirements for food stamps and the number of childless adults on food stamps doubled.
The number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010 when Obama signed his stimulus bill and suspended a rule under the 1996 Welfare Reform Law that regulated how long able-bodied adults without dependents could collect food stamps.
“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a September 2012 statement.
And do you suppose it’s possible for Trump to reduce the number even further?
We already know that he’s planning to decrease the number of people that can immigrate to the United States if they are welfare recipients.
We also know from data collected from the Center for Immigration Studies that 63% of non-citizen households receive some form of welfare, and that half of those households are in the country illegally.
So perhaps as the illegal immigration crisis comes under control under the president’s watch, the number of welfare recipients will plummet even further.