After eight years with Obama in the White House, ready and willing to give out handouts to those who don’t contribute to society, it is refreshing to finally have a law and order president like President Donald Trump.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to scale back the nearly 43 million Americans on SNAP—expected to cost taxpayers $45 billion this coming fiscal year alone. This week, the Department of Agriculture announced a change in the way that food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) will be issued.
The Department now intends to be stricter about who is eligible for the program. The guidelines were updated three years ago, but have not been implemented yet. Section 4008 of the 2014 Farm Bill denied benefits to two main groups: those “convicted of federal aggravated sexual abuse, murder, sexual exploitation and abuse of children, sexual assault, or similar offenses under state laws; and those who are not in compliance with the terms of their sentence or parole or are fleeing felons.”
Remarkably, these common-sense rules have not been enforced since 2014.