Anyone could get welfare back in the day on Obama’s watch. You could commit terrible crimes, get out of prison, and not ever work a day in your life thanks to getting free welfare benefits and screwing over taxpayers.
Those days are coming to an end. Changes to the welfare system, under President Trump, are finally going to limit who can receive benefits in hopes to weed out those who don’t deserve the assistance.
The Department of Agriculture will change who the food stamps, aka Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP), are provided to. Back in 2014, there was a bill that stated two particular groups of convicted criminals would be ineligible for benefits. It hasn’t been followed. The Department of Agriculture is about to kick that into full gear! President Trump has put some orders into action and the taxpayers will be relieved of paying for the benefits of two specific groups. Of course, this should’ve happened in 2014 under Obama’s reign, but I guess he forgot to put it into action while he was golfing.
The Department will now start being stricter about who is eligible for the program. The eligibility guidelines were updated three years ago, but have not been implemented up to date.
Section 4008 of the 2014 Farm Bill denied benefits to two groups: Those “convicted of federal aggravated sexual abuse, murder, sexual exploitation and abuse of children, sexual assault, or similar offenses under state laws, as well as those who are not in compliance with the terms of their sentence or parole or are fleeing felons, from receiving food stamps.”
The move is the fulfillment of Trump’s promise to scale back the nearly 43 million Americans on SNAP, which is expected to cost taxpayers $45 billion this coming fiscal year.
When someone commits a terrible crime that involves sexual abuse or harming children, then why should they receive any assistance when they’re released from prison? They’ve lost that right to government benefits.
Some might argue that if we don’t help people out of prison, then they commit more crime and return to prison, essentially costing the taxpayers money anyway. That’s a prison reform issue, not a “give criminals money for free” problem. Prisons need to be reformed so they teach prisoners skills that can get them a job. Prisons should rehabilitate people and turn them into contributing citizens, not release them in worse condition.
But again – that’s a prison reform issue. Prisoners convicted of terrible crimes should not be eligible for any free assistance from the government on the behalf of taxpayers. We pay our own way, so why can’t they?
If you don’t want to be in that situation, then don’t break the law. People who chose a life of crime make that decision on their own. They can be something better but they chose not to. Why should everyone else pay for their mistakes?