The number of households receiving federal benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, is at its lowest level in nine years, according data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
When President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty in the 1960s, he pledged to eliminate poverty in America. More than five decades, several welfare programs, and $25 trillion later, the welfare system has utterly failed the poor.
Vermont’s one-year rise in unsheltered living is reason for concern. Apart from the difficulty posed to the inhabitants, a growth in temporary shelters burdens tax-payer funded social services.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule, published in the Federal Register Tuesday, would close food stamp eligibility loopholes and standardize broad-based eligibility guidelines. Closing up loopholes will save taxpayers $2.5 billion every year, the USDA says.
A record high 4.1 million able-bodied adults without dependents are enrolled in the federal food stamp program, more than half of whom receive benefits by states waiving the federal work requirement, according to new report by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).
The Trump administration has proposed changes to the public charge rule to end the decades-long practice of taxpayer money funding welfare for non-U.S. citizens.
Farm bills past have repeatedly disappointed those who believe in free markets, reduced dependency on government, and individual freedom. This latest farm bill, according to published reports, would be the worst in recent memory.
A Basic Income, or basic living stipend, is given to citizens as a regular cash payment using taxpayer money, BasicIncome.org explains. It is unconditional, has no means test, and can be implemented nationally, regionally or locally.
If something like this were implemented on a national scale, it would pull us far away from the culture of hard work and the self-made man that has defined the best in American civilization.
The civil liberties organization has threatened to sue Brattleboro and five other municipalities if their anti-panhandling ordinances are not repealed.
For conservatives to support any farm bill, Congress should adopt the House’s reforms to require more work-capable recipients of food stamps to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving benefits.