Letters

Liberals fear losing control with new food stamp rules

Posted: Dec. 17, 2019 3:30 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

President Trump has issued new directives concerning SNAP (food stamp) eligibility. The new directives require some individuals to work in order to maintain eligibility. The liberals are highly upset. Let's look at what the new directives actually say.

The new requirements are that individuals who are under 50, childless and able-bodied must work at least 20 hours per week or be in training for employment to continue drawing the SNAP benefit. There are exceptions for people who live in an area where jobs are scarce. This requirement seems to make perfect sense to anyone but a liberal. Why should anyone capable of helping support themselves not be expected to do so?

There are an estimated 6 million to 7 million job openings in this country. The labor force participation rate indicates that 30% or more of the people who meet the criteria of under 50, adult, childless and able-bodied are neither working nor looking for work. The labor force participation rate counts people who are working or looking for work. This basically means that the 70% who are in the workforce support themselves and the 30% who are not working or looking for work.

It is reported that 36 million people draw SNAP benefits. The estimated number of people who will lose benefits under the new requirements is 700,000. Most of these can continue to be in the program by working 20 hours per week or entering a job training program. It's their choice.

I believe that the reason liberals fight these reforms so vigorously is because they are afraid of losing control. They are afraid that once people learn to help support themselves they will see how the welfare state has made them prisoners of the system. The liberals do not want people to know the dignity and respect earned from supporting themselves. They are afraid of losing the welfare vote.

Bill Marquart

Palmyra, Mo.