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Commentary: Thanks to Trump, Seven Million Americans Have Quit Food Stamps

Exactly 36,029,506 Americans (18,230,968 households) were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps, as of June 2019, according to the latest available government data. Although it may seem as though a rather large number of Americans receive government subsidies for their groceries, the current SNAP figure should be celebrated.

Why? Because in 2016, the last year of the Obama administration, 42,972,692 Americans (21,232,456 households) received SNAP. That’s a drop of roughly seven million people and four million households.

Although there are many reasons for the major drop in enrollment, one cannot dispute that the booming economy is the primary driver of the dramatic decrease. In less than three years, the Trump administration’s free-market policies have helped almost seven million Americans become self-reliant when it comes to paying for their groceries.

How could this be? Well, it does not take an economic genius to understand that lower taxes and fewer regulations result in more jobs in the economy. Employed people can afford their own groceries, and there is now more money in people’s pockets to buy them.

Lower Taxes, Less Regulation

Despite the Left and fake news media constantly decrying the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a “tax cut for the rich,” the truth is that low- and middle-income Americans benefited big time from the Trump administration’s tax cut.

Even The New York Times, notably not a fan of President Trump, had to admit in an article this April, “If you’re an American taxpayer, you probably got a tax cut last year,” and blamed perceptions to the contrary on “a sustained—and misleading—effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.”

Wow, did someone inject truth serum into the water supply at the New York Times offices?

Though it is still too early for us to know the long-term impact of the tax cut on gross domestic product, the Tax Foundation “estimates that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will increase long-run GDP by 1.7 percent, create 339,000 jobs, and raise wages by 1.5%.”

In short, the tax bill reduced the need to redistribute taxes via SNAP because more Americans now keep more of their money in the first place.

No wonder the Left opposes tax cuts. Tax cuts negate the need for their redistributionist policies, a keystone of their misguided agenda of promoting government dependency.

Jobs Renaissance

As the tax cuts produced larger paychecks—hence more discretionary income for individual Americans—the Trump administration’s war against pointless regulations was bettering the economic situation for all Americans. According to President Donald Trump’s director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, “Deregulation started everywhere across the board … and I think that started this push and started the small business push and the blue collar hiring. … Then comes the tax rate reduction, which adds to it on the incentive front, so they’re working very much together.”

The combination of tax cuts and regulatory rollback has produced a much-needed American job renaissance. According to the August and September employment snapshots from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In August, the unemployment rate was 3.7% for the third month in a row.” This is excellent. Improving further, the unemployment rate declined to 3.5 percent in September. “The last time the rate was this low was in December 1969, when it also was 3.5 percent.” The unemployment rates for women (3.2 percent), blacks (5.5 percent), Hispanics (3.9 percent), and Asians (2.5 percent) are near or at record lows.

Even better, “The labor force participation rate edged up to 63.2% in August. … The employment-population ratio, at 60.9%, also edged up over the month and is up by 0.6 percentage point over the year.” The labor force participation rate remained at 63.2 percent in September.

No wonder wages—especially for those at the bottom rung of the economic ladder—are finally increasing after years of stagnation.

Big Change

The current economic narrative is quite easy to grasp. President Barack Obama’s administration raised taxes and increased regulations for eight years, stifling business investment, expansion, and hiring. People had less income, and there were fewer good-paying jobs. No wonder millions of Americans relied on the government for help in buying their groceries.

Under Trump, the exact opposite has happened. In three short years, the Trump administration has cut taxes and regulations. As a result, people have more money to spend, and businesses finally have incentives to create lots of good-paying jobs.

It should come as no surprise that seven million fewer Americans are counting on Uncle Sam to help foot their grocery bills.

From The Heartland Institute – By Chris Talgo | An earlier version of this article appeared in the Washington ExaminerReprinted and adapted with permission.

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Paul DAscenz
1 year ago

That’s awesome! President Trump has done more to help America than any President since 1984. The Stupid, Democrats don’t want to admit it!

Roy Law
1 year ago

President Trump is the best President in my memo ry, and I am 72 years old. He has brought our economy back without ANY help from Congress. He is the only President in my memory who has worked at trying to fulfill his campaign promises despite all the resistance from the socialist and communistic demoRats. I am amazed at President Trump’s accomplishments in the face of all the negative the left throws at him. We need 4 more years of President Donald J. Trump to make this country great and strong again. We do not need the wild programs the socialist Democratic party is coming up with! They would ruin the United States as we k know it now. I am a PROUD SUPPORTER OOF THIS PRESIDENT. TRUMP IN 2020!

Irv C
1 year ago

Yet the DemoncRATS push for impeachment. They are truly traitors to America. How they still exist is baffling. Trump 2020,2024

Morbious
1 year ago

As to the nyt printing occasional truth: propaganda is more effective if it mixes truth in with lies. Even the volkischer beobachter and pravda printed occasional truth. Credulous fence sitters are readily confounded by this tactic.

Lloyd 1954
1 year ago

Who are the 36.8% that are not in the workforce and why aren’t they?

Morbious
1 year ago
Reply to  Lloyd 1954

Many are the permanent underclass, some of whom have grandparents whove never worked, thanks to lbj and the dems. This underclass will likely never work. People can be ruined pretty quickly. The dems know and seek this. The closer they can get to the citizenry being like pets who must be taken care of, the better. Only from that mindset can increasing the roster of people who cant even feed themselves be counted a success.

Dee
1 year ago

Anyone in the NE really got screwed with the tax law. Seniors did NOT see a penny more. If you saved all your life and invested, you got the royal screw. The original law was written because they KNEW we paid more to DC and NJ (from the Governmental budget office themselves) got the least back. They admitted it. Many who do work; got screwed because their companies took the wrong amounts out too little. SNAP even for the working folks can mean the difference between buying meds and paying med bills and eating. More and more seniors end up at the Food banks now. Maybe you all should go over there and volunteer to help. What food items did you take to them this year? If every American who can brought something to their food bank; they’d be able to feed a huge population. Too many say someone else will do it. I don’t know one human in NJ that got more in the income tax this year unless it was those who don’t file at all. And in the 1970’s the south sent their welfare clients with one way tickets to the north.
they lowered their rolls but increased ours. Discrimination. I met one car load of them coming up from Florida. Able bodied men and women asking for the unemployment office. We directed them to an employment office and boy did they tell us off. It was in the papers at the time the south did this. So all these low populated states LIVE OFF our populated states. I think that all has to be redone and given out equally as to the population of each state. NJ is more densely populated than the entire country of India. Our population has aged besides. People don’t want to leave their friends and relatives for a new state far away.

Doug G.
1 year ago
Reply to  Dee

I’m one that got hit in MA with higher taxes (because of the loss of our personal exemptions), BUT I still support President Trump 100%. The COUNTRY is so much better off, compared to the dismal B. Hussein O. years! Since Washington is a cesspool of CORRUPTION, here’s a novel idea to consider: why not send (much) LESS to Washington, take LESS from Washington, and then, take care of ourselves and our neighbors in our own states and communities? The closer to home our taxes are spent, the easier it is to see where they are going.

Sandra Haddock
1 year ago
Reply to  Dee

I moved to Florida from MN where my SSI would be taxed. I already paid a tax on my earnings! There are many alternatives to SNAP. Here we offer people to spend community hours to earn points or dollars toward their bills. Some people just can’t handle money and this system seems to work for most of them because the city agency manages them – without charge – homeowners are paying for their service and many, like myself, are volunteers. The biggest joy I’ve ever seen is on the face of a mother with 5 kids who worked community hours (school crossing guard, bus monitor, park cleaning, whatever) to find herself living without assistance, being a good example for her children, and feeling worthy because of being helpful to her community. BTW, she is off drugs now and a great spokesperson for drug rehab and economical independence, as well as going to school for her education to be a rehab counselor. I retired after 38 years of nursing, my SSI is under $1600/month, but I’m own my home and I am debt-free. I would want no less for anyone else – in fact, I would encourage them to plan better for their own retirement.

Denise
1 year ago

Awesome!

Ed J
1 year ago

The Dems categorically REFUSE to accept any evidence, fact, truth, etc., that does not fit into their dystopian ideology or which is incompatible with any part of their numerous misguided agendas or which simply threatens their lust for power. It’s almost like a mirror image out of George Orwell’s book “1984.” Trump has done more to set this country right and restore some semblance of what our Founding Fathers intended our nation to be. True dignity for a person exists when that person has gainful employment and can support his/her family. That paycheck opens up a whole set of opportunities for the individual to achieve a better standard of living, a richer life, and greater happiness (just to name a few). Hope Trump gets 4 more years to finish the job.

John Karkalis
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed J

Yes Ed J., I am the benighted one who owned up to voting for Hillary in 2016. You forgave my sin, as a compassionate Conservative would.
Your point that gainful employment
Is a marker for self esteem is important. The converse, that dependency crushes one’s sense of self worth follows logically from this.
I have to believe a person no longer dependent on food stamps walks with a brisk pace, head held high.
If a former Hillary voter can be so bold as to give advice to supporters of our president (he is my president, too) I would say shout the good news far and wide until November 2020: a booming economy, millions no longer dependent on food stamps, the take down of one of the world’s worst terrorists, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
With this last feat Mr Trump served notice, “Don’t mess with us. We have a long reach.
I missed your earlier post of 11/11
I would like to comment later about your eloquent tribute to those who served. I passed it on to friends.
John K.

carol
1 year ago

We need this trend to keep going! The left is addicted to power and therefore will always campaign for bigger government and more dependency for the people! I remember when Obama and Hillary made “fending for yourself” a sarcastic and ugly term when that’s what freedom is all about! The more self-reliant you are the more free you are and the left hates that because it’s hard to control a free, educated and prosperous people! I’ll be happy when the debt is lower, the participation rate is closer to 80% and the only folks who need government help are those who truly cannot work! I’m all for a safety net but not a safety hammock!

Lou
1 year ago
Reply to  carol

Absolutely right!

Andrea
1 year ago

President Trump deserves s great deal of appreciation!

Burton Paully
1 year ago

What really puzzles me is why so many US citizens believe the nation is on the wrong route to greatness. I pray that they awaken prior to the general election in 2020.

Doug G.
1 year ago
Reply to  Burton Paully

The CORRUPT MEDIA fuels their ignorance of basic economics, history, and human nature.
TRUMP 2020!!!!!!!

Frank S.
1 year ago

I clearly remember years ago members of the Obama administration bragging about the numbers of individuals they had receiving food stamps. Trump’s administration rightfully brags about the reduction of people on food stamps. I think the pretty much says it all.

Paul W
1 year ago

Just another reasons the left hates DJT’s guts. They need people ON food stamps. They need big government dependency as well as a sinking economy. With absolutely no constructive platform, it’s all they have.

VikkiC
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul W

Yep, there’s more than one form of slavery, and dependency on the government is one of them!!

Paul W
1 year ago
Reply to  VikkiC

Absolutely. There’s the type that makes you work, but doesn’t pay you. There’s also the type that pays you a pittance not to work. They are indeed both forms of slavery. Leftist nanny state governments are also a drug. They get people hooked and thus become dependent.

Ethel Boyd
1 year ago

Great job!

Bruce
1 year ago

“A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats” is a great saying that JFK borrowed from the Boston Chamber of Commerce. He used it often when talking about the economy, still holds true, not sure why anyone would not understand this but they are out there.

Glenn Lego
1 year ago

No worries. When the Democrats take over the government, all that prosperity will be a thing of the past.

J. FARLEY
1 year ago
Reply to  Glenn Lego

THAT’S MY FEAR, O’BUMMER AND QUID PRO QUE JOE COST ME ENOUGH !!!!!!

Bob
1 year ago

President Trump has done more good accidentally than Democrats have done on purpose. He can’t fix everything in 3 short years, although he has fixed a lot! Democrats have continually raised taxes and increased spending while blowing smoke up our ass and telling us it’s sunshine. Look at the good results of President Trumps’ actions and don’t believe all the lies the Democrats, RINOs, and others constantly tell us. I can’t believe how stupid some people are to believe everything a Democrat, RINOs and others tell them.

El Ey
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

And don’t forget the Main Stream Media who are spewing lies and hatred to President Trump 24/7, 365. It’s really hard for me to imagine anybody is so full of hatred that they can just lie and fabricate false news and stories non-stop.
May God have mercy on us all.

Sandra Haddock
1 year ago
Reply to  El Ey

I pray for Trump every day. It must be so very hard to get up every day and face attacks and assaults on his decisions from the msm as well as the dems/libs. It would drain me and frustrate me to no end, but he keeps on – FOR the U.S.A., our Homeland which I believe he loves. God’s hand be upon him and fill him with everything he needs to fulfill God’s Will and to serve the American people. I wish more Republican politicians would speak out in his support, but I’ll share that feeling in the voting booth….I don’t like rinos.

carol
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

I too can’t believe the gullibility of so many to believe the lies of the left but seeing young people indoctrinated in our public education system from K thru college – the number of useful idiots doesn’t surprise me. It just makes me sad! Try to talk to any of them (and I have), they don’t believe facts cuz truth is relative today! Sad!

Karen Scheer
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Why do you say “accidentally”?

Ed J
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Sports have their Halls of Fame. Maybe we could set up a Hall of Shame and induct all the stupid people you mention into it. Of course, the Dems, RINOs and other select self-anointed ones could be given places of prominence, such as, pinning their pictures on dart boards to give visitors something meaningful to do while visiting.

Robert Hellam
1 year ago

We paid more in taxes for 2018 than for 2017, even though our income did not increase. It was obviously not a cut for everyone.

Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Hellam

Please explain.

Robert Hellam
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

There’s nothing to explain. Income stayed about the same, and taxes went up. It was not an across-the-board cut. I’m not complaining, just stating a fact about our own case. I am a conservative Republican, but I’m not going to pretend things are true that are not true. Perhaps 99% of Americans got a tax cut; I don’t know. But we didn’t.

Stella
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Hellam

Have your CPA recheck your tax return. IRS sent me a refund, because IRS made errors on tax return

Betty
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Hellam

Was there a change in deductions?

Robert Hellam
1 year ago
Reply to  Betty

No. But as I said, I’m not complaining, just reporting. It wasn’t even a terribly large increase, but my point is that it was not a decrease for us. Little legislative tweaks don’t do the job for everyone.

Doug G.
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Hellam

Me too, same retirement income, $2000 more in taxes. Itemizing was a wash, it was the loss of the personal exemption; 25% of $8000 . Two of my children made out huge, the third has a small business and got clobbered, as usual. The tax laws are hostile to small businesses in my opinion.
But still, with the growth of the stock market, I’m thousands ahead of the Obama years! And support Trump 100%

Ed J
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Hellam

Robert is correct. I experienced the same thing. The personal exemption on the 1040 was eliminated, while the standard deduction was increased. I itemize my deductions, so the standard deduction is of no benefit to me. However, the elimination of the personal exemption meant I had over $8,000 more taxable income for 2018 than in 2017 with effectively the same overall income. There were also other changes in the tax law that would adversely affect certain taxpayers, depending upon their particular circumstances.

Rick
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Hellam

About the only ones I can think of who lost are those who can’t itemize anymore due to SALT. Those in high tax states that pay so much in state and local taxes. I appreciate it that you still support Trump, but in all honesty, those in high tax states have essentially been freeloading off the rest of us because your state gov’t has taken so much in the past that’s been deductible on your federal taxes. The rest of us have been subsidizing high tax states’ out of control spending. Hopefully, you and others in your state will not blame Trump, but blame your own irresponsible politicians for their spending, and make changes in your state politicians. And please don’t think I’m attacking you and calling you a freeloader personally, but your state collectively.

R shoemaker
1 year ago

Those who were hit by the 2008 Great Recession are now off of food stamps but there is a hard core group who have that as part of their way of life – forever. Thus, it is hard to know just what that statistic means.

MariaRose
1 year ago
Reply to  R shoemaker

The only ones complaining about the “loss” of food stamps/SNAP are those who already had enough in assets but had not been vetted in their annual review which doesn’t occur mainly because of lack of verification of their income via IRS guidelines because they earn income off the books. I am not saying that a minimum wage job is a sufficient income but there’s enough work (jobs) available to earn a fair wage, without benefits.

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