Never EVER forget: The Cruelty IS the Point
3.6 million Americans will lose food stamps under a regulatory maneuver nobody in Congress likes. 1.9 million of them live in Trump country.
SEP 5, 2019, 8:00 AM
President Donald Trump’s latest attack on working families will hit especially hard in the states that voted for him: More than half of the people who are set to lose access to food stamps under regulations proposed this summer live in states that went for Trump in 2016.
One in every twelve people who receives food stamps nationwide will lose them under the policy — some 3.6 million people, according to new analysis by Mathematica, the private policy analysis firm the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has relied upon for the past 40 years.
“I was surprised by the extent of the impact in some of the southern states, such as Texas,” Mathematica senior research programmer Sarah Lauffer said. The impact was always going to be severe in states that apply the current rules in the most generous fashion, but southern states have generally not extended their eligibility lines quite as far. Despite that, Lauffer said, her team found “34% of elderly Texans receiving benefits will lose them through this rule.”
Almost 400,000 people in Texas currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits would lose them. Another 328,000 in Florida, 200,000 in New York, 97,000 in Georgia, and 176,000 in Washington state face cuts, to name just a few standouts.
The administration plans to slash benefits by ending a popular, bipartisan policy known as broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE). That policy protects low-wage workers from a quirk of poverty-assistance law known as the “benefits cliff,” whereby earning or saving slightly too much money can trigger a low-income family’s eviction from public assistance programs.
Ending the expanded eligibility system for SNAP will also boot roughly half a million kids out of free school meal programs nationwide. The administration has insisted those kids could all hop right back in by filling out application forms currently mooted by the BBCE system, but experts have warned it doesn’t necessarily work that way.
Many have pointed out that this cruelty is part of a con game. Once they kick all these people off SNAP, then they will turn around and declare that this Administration has lowered the poverty rate, because, look, there are fewer people who use SNAP.
Their cruelty aside, once again, they haven’t thought things through. Sure, they will hurt ‘ those people’, but, the bottom line is that SNAP is nothing but another FARMER WELFARE PROGRAM. …and a federal subsidy for WALMART. The farmers might not care, after all, he’s bankrupting them, and destroying their overseas markets, and they still support him. Let him destroy their domestic market too….but, he’ll be hurting ‘ the right people’, so they’re cool with it. But, WALMART…. The amount of funds they will lose if they lost the SNAP benefits. It is quite obvious that SNAP benefits are beneficial to the economy, because, this is money that is immediately spent and put back into our economy. We’ve already seen the signs of a slowing economy. Take away the buying power of 3.6 MILLION people….you don’t think that won’t have a negative ripple effect upon the economy?
But, as always….THE CRUELTY IS THE POINT.
PS-So sorry to see ThinkProgress fold…this story is part of the good, informative work that they did.