We’ve gotten to the point where Leftists are literally condemning Trump for deciding to give food to poor people.
President Trump, in his budget proposal this past week, came up with a neat little idea: let’s give people food instead of food stamps. The reason for this is that the food stamp system is often times abused (there have been reports of scams and fraud) and people will usually use it to buy junk food instead of healthy food.
And since this is a plan proposed by Trump, the Left decides it’s a terrible idea and it shouldn’t be implemented.
According to the Daily Wire, the Huffington Post viewed the idea this way: “Facing a trillion-dollar deficit because of his just-passed tax cuts, President Donald Trump has an idea for how to get some of that money back: making poor people eat beans and rice.”
You gotta love the way these lunatics phrase things. First of all, the deficit isn’t due to the tax cuts. According to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Monthly Treasury Statement, the federal government made more in taxes in the first four months of the fiscal year than any other year, it broke the January record for tax collection and is at a $49 billion surplus, having collected $361 billion and spending approximately $312 billion.
So the tax cuts are helping the government MAKE MORE MONEY! Of course, that’s a concept that no liberal understands, so I can excuse this HuffPost writer’s ignorance.
But the financial aspects of this proposal are not the only thing I want to focus on. The HuffPost writer also made it seem that the government is trying to be greedy and is literally forcing poor people to eat beans and rice.
When I first read that, the image I received was that of a typical greedy fat-cat force-feeding beans and rice to a poor person. I can only imagine that’s the exact picture other people had in their minds. But, as usual, reality is far different from what the Left makes it seem.
Second, it’s not just “beans and rice”. The USDA would have a package that contains “shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruits and vegetables,” according to the budget deal.
This writer makes it seem as though Trump is this close to literally feeding dirt and mud to poor people.
But that’s not the most ridiculous statement coming from the Left on this issue, if you can believe it.
NPR also talked about it and here’s that they said: “The USDA believes that state governments will be able to deliver this food at much less cost than SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) 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. 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.”
Wait, here comes the funny part: “Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a hunger advocacy group that also helps clients access food-assistance services, said the administration’s plan left him baffled. ‘They have managed to propose nearly the impossible, taking over $200 billion worth of food from low-income Americans while increasing bureaucracy and reducing choices,’ Berg says. He says SNAP is efficient because it is a ‘free market model’ that lets recipients shop at stores for their benefits. The Trump administration’s proposal, he said, ‘is a far more intrusive, Big Government answer. They think a bureaucrat in D.C. is better at picking out what your family needs than you are?’”
SO NOW THEY’RE CLAIMING IT INCREASES THE SIZE OF THE GOVERNMENT?! The Trump Derangement Syndrome might be under full effect for these people. Since when does the Left care at all about a free market system? THEY HATE FREE MARKETS! They are the ones constantly increasing the size of the government!
In 2009, when Obama took office, there were 33.5 million people on food stamps. In October of 2016, that number reached 44.2 million – a 10.7 million people increase. The cost of the programs to taxpayers increased from $50.3 billion to $66.6 billion. Obama did what Leftists tend to do: make people poor and dependent on the government.
To put more people on food stamps would be to increase the government. To give people under that program actually healthy food is not. And considering this plan would CUT funding for the program, it’s actually DECREASING the size of the government.
And since Trump took office, nearly 1.5 million people have gotten off of food stamps, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A 3.5% drop.
And it’s not just the actual program that you have to consider when discussing this plan. Unemployment rates are also something to consider. If more people are working, less people will require government assistance. Part of the reason for the aforementioned number is that the unemployment rate has truly been dropping (unlike during Obama’s tenure when it only dropped because more people stopped looking for jobs, even though they should still have counted as unemployed).
When the economy is truly booming, people tend to notice. And when the economy is truly booming, less people feel the need to request help from the government. Which is precisely why Democrats LOATHE a truly booming economy.
Democrats need a consistently poor base. Since their previous American base is now doing better thanks to Trump’s booming economy, they are now largely seeking to import a base.
They need people to be poor for them to be successful. And that’s not happening in Trump’s economy. Heck, if approval numbers are anything to go by (which they usually aren’t, but it’s important to make note of this), then more and more people are approving of Trump’s job than they did before. According to a Politico poll, 47% of voters approve of his job performance, while 47% disapprove.
That’s a number no one in the media expected to see and a number no one in the media wants to see/report. I don’t tend to give too much credibility to polls in general, but it’s noteworthy to see polls that show these kinds of numbers. Since the Left lives and dies by the polls, these numbers can only infuriate them.
More and more people are beginning to approve of Trump’s performance as POTUS, so Democrats have to go with people that think the same things they do. People who hate Trump and hate America and believe they’re entitled to abuse our economic system.
But returning to the proposition by Trump, I’m honestly very bemused that the Left is opposed to this and even more bemused with their arguments against it.
You know what a good free market system would be for these poor people? Getting a job, which, in Trump’s economy, it’s becoming easier to do.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
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