Ronald Reagan truly said it best.
“We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.”
Let’s do that, shall we?
According to this, food stamp enrollment is falling. For the first time in 8 years, the number of households on food stamps has dropped below 20 million.
The latest data from the USDA reveals that the number of households on food stamps in February 2018 dropped to 19,992,124—the first time it fell below 20 million since September 2010, when 19,979,385 households were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The USDA notes that not only is the number of households receiving food stamps at a record low level, but the number of people enrolled in food stamps has also gone down. From January to February of this year alone, overall food stamp enrollment dropped from 40,640,170 to 40,032,131.
The downward trend in enrollment has only continued over President Trump’s first year in office, keeping on pace with the stable decline in SNAP participation since 2013.
Despite popular belief, this is a GOOD thing. We don’t want MORE people signing up. We want them to be successful and capable on their own. Food stamps should be treated as a safety net– not a hammock.
Under Trump, 2.2 million fewer people have discontinued their participation in SNAP, mainly due to the Trump administration’s attempts to reform the food stamp program by keeping the program’s cost down at the state and federal levels.
As Breitbart noted last year:
From May to July alone, nearly 400,000 Americans got off of food stamps, and the trend shows that enrollment has been consistently falling every month of Trump’s presidency.
Just for some context, about 33,490,000 were receiving food stamps when Obama first took office (in 2009). In October 2016, the number sat at around 44,219,123. In other words, an additional 10 million hopped on the food stamp train during Obama’s two terms. However, average monthly benefits remained largely the same.
I’m SO GLAD to see that these numbers are going down.