In a push to return to the good ol’ days of slavery, the Trump administration wants to cut funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps, and send recipients a box full of food that they didn’t ask for.
According to NPR, the push to return to the horse-and-buggy era is just one of the many head-scratching proposals in the Trump administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2019, which would require approval from Congress. The way it would work is that those on government assistance would receive less money on their EBT cards, and in return they’d be sent a box of items including “shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables.” The boxes would not include fresh fruits or vegetables.
Most important, recipients would receive canned meat. WTF is canned meat? I am afraid to Google canned meat because I’m on a work computer that I don’t use for porn. Let me know if any of you have the heart to Google canned meat at work and report back in the comments.
If the proposal is approved, the government would reportedly save $129 billion over the next 10 years because the U.S. Department of Agriculture knows that the state government can send scraps to SNAP participants at a much lesser cost than they’d pay for food at a retail store.
“Removing choice from SNAP flies in the face of encouraging personal responsibility,” Douglas Greenaway, president of the National WIC Association, told NPR. “The budget seems to assume that participating in SNAP is a character flaw.”
Of course poor people have a character flaw in the eyes of the Trump administration. Donald Trump hates the poor about as much as he hates women; black people; black women whose names don’t rhyme with Flomatrosa; black men who kneel; black men who stand; poor black men who bend over; black women, men and children who are unarmed; Latino citizens who look Latino; and seasoning. While he used the white poor’s racism to endear himself to them, he has discarded them faster than a Russian urine-stained bedsheet.
If this portion of Trump’s tax cut gets approved, which—who are we kidding—of course it will, then SNAP recipients will be forced to see their benefits cut in half for a box of nonperishable hurricane-safe items that they didn’t ask for or want.