While the real economy seems to be doing great during Donald Trump’s tenure, despite the catastrophic predictions of the corporate-left-wing-fake-news mainstream-media, we just got word about another story which basically confirms the data from the aforementioned article: the participation in the food-stamps/SNAP program took a nose-dive, as it stands currently at its lowest level in 7 years. The data was presented on Friday by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s official statistics on the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participation, the number of Americans that took part in the respective program during the current fiscal year (2017 that is) stands at 42,609,852. This is a big number by any metrics. However, it’s the lowest since 2010, when 40,302,000 Americans were enrolled in the food-stamps program. And I can bet the US population grew quite a bit in the last 7 years.
The highest number of people enrolled in the SNAP program was reached in 2013, which marked a peak in welfare since the food-stamp program’s inception, when the figure was 47,6 million. Since 2013, SNAP usage has been declining steadily. The huge increase in the number of Americans benefiting from welfare (like SNAP) is due to Obama’s administration efforts to allow higher-income “folks” to receive state welfare. Basically, since former president Obama took office in 2008, enrollment in SNAP benefits grew by 70% by 2013.
In 2014, Obama’s administration begun a slight cut to the SNAP program ($8.7 billion reduction) and in the same year, a number of states made significant efforts to curb welfare (food-stamps) dependency. For example, Maine led the way as it implemented work requirements for able bodied adults who wished to receive SNAP benefits. Other states like Alabama and Georgia followed and after implementing work requirements, the number of people dropping from the SNAP rolls decreased sharply. Currently, lawmakers are working on federal legislation aimed at taking SNAP work requirements nationwide together with reinstating time limits with regard to how long food stamp recipients can receive the respective benefits.
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