Cutting food stamps would be detrimental to American society, causing human and financial setbacks, writes Robin Lloyd of Undark. At the moment, food stamps help feed 41 million poor Americans, three quarters of which are children, senior citizens or disabled. Republicans want to cut funding by 25%, which could do untold damage to millions of lives. Food insecurity has been linked to more hospital visits, low blood sugar and even weaker test scores in school. USDA data indicates that every dollar spent on food stamps generates around 1.8 dollars for the economy. Cutting this essential program would hurt America.
The current welfare system is ineffective, wasteful and in strong need of reform, claims Robert Rector of The Daily Signal. The present model essentially encourages individuals to stay where they are, as they get everything they need automatically. President Trump’s suggestions for reform would reduce costs and encourage poor Americans to find jobs and lift themselves up. Validating their dependence on the state is good for neither. Giving them help with job training and searching for employment would make the poor more independent. The U.S. is wasting huge potential talent by considering welfare a permanent solution.