People who are currently surviving on entitlement programs, such as SNAP (food stamps), CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and SSDI (Disability Insurance) will notice an “income” drop when President Trump’s proposed budget — which includes a $1.7 trillion cut to those programs — goes into effect.
The “America First” budget is designed to balance over the next ten years by cutting mandatory and discretionary funding for the EPA, State Department and other agencies. Expecting that the economy will grow at a faster rate than it did in 2016, the budget also allows for a boost in defense spending and does include $1.5 billion in 2017 and $2.6 billion in 2018 for Trump’s border wall.
Calling it a “post-policy” budget, White House staffers explained that “the budget assumes that Trump signed the health care overhaul known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and tax reform into law.”
In addition to $1.7 trillion in cuts to welfare programs, states will also have the flexibility to impose work requirements for able-bodied people who are enrolled in aid programs for the poor.
According to Josh Archambault, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability, it’s a good idea to give states this ability, because it should lead to meaningful changes in welfare programs. “One of the encouraging things about putting this in the budget is that states will see if it works,” he said. “States will try it.”
American taxpayers pay approximately $700 billion each year on entitlement payouts, according to welfare expert Michael Tanner from the Cato Institute, who had to admit that throwing so much money into welfare programs has not done a thing to eliminate poverty. “We’re not seeing the type of gains we should be seeing for all that spending,” said Tanner, “and that would suggest it’s time to reform the system.”
Those on food stamps and those who are receiving disability insurance will definitely be affected, but President Donald Trump told his budget director Mick Mulvaney not to touch Medicare or Social Security budgets.
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