If there was any doubt at all that President Donald Trump cares only about the wealthiest and most powerful Americans, a new report from the Wall Street Journal should remove any remaining questions as to where Trump’s priorities stand.
The House of Representatives recently passed a farm bill for Fiscal Year 2018, but Trump is now threatening to veto the legislation unless is includes strict work requirements for anyone who receives food assistance under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.
ThinkProgress notes that Trump’s veto threat is part of a larger agenda from Congressional Republicans:
“A draft of the House bill was crafted earlier in April behind closed doors and without buy-in from the House Agriculture Committee’s Democrats, a departure from the farm bill’s bipartisan history. As a result, Republicans were able to set in motion legislation that would reaffirm one of the GOP and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s longest held beliefs: that families and individuals who utilize SNAP and other government assistant programs are supposedly lazy and unemployed.”
Under the House farm bill:
- Adults between the ages of 18 and 59, without dependents, would be required to work at least 20 hours a week.
- Those who aren’t working would be required to take a minimum of 20 hours a week of new job-training classes.
- Anyone unable to find work would be subject to a “lockout” period that cuts off benefits for a full year. If they are unable to meet the requirements under the policy for a second time, they could face a lockout period of three years.
The problem with work requirements, it should be noted, is that they’ve been proven completely ineffective. As recently as 2016, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities conducted a comprehensive review of work requirements and found that such mandatory policies were ineffective in securing work for recipients. That same report, however, did have a finding that Trump and the GOP should consider:
“The review also found that voluntary employment programs were the best alternative to those work requirements, significantly boosting employment without ending basic assistance for individuals and families who are unable to meet the mandatory work requirements.”
During his campaign for the White House, Trump repeatedly tried to paint those who receive government assistance as freeloaders, commenting:
“The person who is not working at all and has no intention of working at all is making more money and doing better than the person that’s working his and her ass off.
“People are taking advantage of the system and other people aren’t receiving what they need to live.”
Coming from a man who has never worked a day in his life and had an inheritance of millions handed to him by his father, such remarks prove that Donald Trump doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself and his rich benefactors. Everyone else can, as Marie Antoinette allegedly said, “eat cake.”
Here’s more on the Trump plan to cut food stamps:
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