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Republicans Preview Their Plans for Food Stamps

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It remains to be seen what Republicans will do to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) while they control both chambers of Congress and the White House, but this might be an early indication.

House Republicans have released a review of the program that calls for telling people what to eat.

The GOP majority on the House Agriculture Committee released a two-year review of the program on Wednesday that stops short of making specific policy recommendations, but hints at areas where Republicans could focus: strengthening work requirements and perhaps issuing new ones, tightening some eligibility requirements or providing new incentives to encourage food stamp recipients to buy healthier foods.

"There's nothing off the table when it comes to looking at solutions around these areas where we think improvements need to be made," the committee chairman, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Plainly, "tightening eligibility requirements" means kicking people off the program or preventing them from ever enrolling in the first place.

In some states it's already nearly impossible to enroll in the program if you so much as own an old, used car, because even meager assets count against you. Republicans could theoretically make it even more difficult to enroll.

They won't eliminate the program entirely because, as much as they'd rather not admit it, the food stamp program is a massive subsidy for farmers and the greater agricultural industry. With that said, it is likely that they will take steps to project the idea that they're preventing those people from taking advantage of the program. You know, those lazy people in the inner cities.

Changes they make to the program will be racially motivated. It always has been.

If you consider that the Trump regime will be a kleptocracy, it's reasonable to assume the "incentives" that promote healthy eating will be directed to whoever lobbies for them.

  • Draxiar

    For a few years my parents were forced to use food stamps as a means for groceries. I won’t detail the reasons for it but suffice to say, it was absolutely necessary. These days were what I call “the soup years”. My Mom didn’t roast a chicken…she made chicken soup because it would last longer. She would buy a gallon of milk and splice it with powdered milk to make 2 gallons. Roast beef became beef stew. Things like that. These were lean years indeed and I’ll never forget them. There were other things my parents did to make their pennies stretch further. Were it not for food stamps I don’t know what we would have done. During this time my parents went back to school while working part time jobs. They carved out very nice careers for themselves and ended up traveling both the US and Europe.

    It angers me when people game the system and I believe that many more don’t game it than do. It’s worth what abuse there is of SNAP in order to help those that are trying to do the right thing. I also highly doubt that most SNAP recipients are out there buying lobster and filet mignon as is so commonly preached among those that likely never lived that sort of life. SNAP helps to promote the general welfare and protect some of the weakest among us.

  • fry1laurie

    The GOP plan: take your fingers, SNAP!, and it’s gone!

  • muselet

    I’ve run out of synonyms for “cruel” to describe the Rs’ plans to knuckle the poors.

    –alopecia

  • ninjaf

    When we were first starting out in the early 90s, we lived in southeast Michigan. I was a full time student and worked 3 jobs. Between me and my (not-yet) husband, we made around $10,000 a year (maybe a little less or a little more). After paying our bills (no car payments, just utilities and housing), we had enough money to budget barely $.50 a day for us to eat. To this day, I can’t stand the thought of a frozen pot pie (we subsisted on mac and cheese made with milk and no butter [fancy!], ramen, and pot pies). We still did not qualify for food stamps. I can only imagine the kind of poverty that must be required to qualify now. And they still want to cut it even deeper? Because if there’s one thing we need more of in this country it is starving children.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Boy do I have some unpopular opinions on this topic…

  • So Michelle Obama promoting a healthy diet is a socialist power-grab that must be opposed at all costs while forcing poor people to eat certain things because Republicans don’t want to pay for anything fancier than beans and rice is A-Okay!