by Frank Holmes, reporter
Donald Trump has unveiled a bold plan to take millions of able-bodied Americans off welfare — and as always, the Democrats are fighting him every step of the way.
Trump’s proposed 2020 budget would strengthen requirements that anyone who is able to work must either get a job or lose his government benefits, and the liberals are having a meltdown.
The law already lets the government require anyone receiving food stamps to work 80 hours a month, if the worker is physically healthy and has no dependents he has to care for at home.
But states have the right to grant waivers so they can give handouts to able-bodied people who refuse to go to work. Trump says that’s got to end.
The Obama administration started waving work requirements, because the economy was so bad in those years — and the welfare rolls swelled.
But the Trump economy is roaring, with bosses unable to find enough people to hire for all the job openings. Employers have 5.7 million empty positions they can’t fill.
So, the president put working for a living at the center of his new proposed budget.
Trump would require anyone on Medicaid to work at least 20 hours a week at a job, get job training, or go to school. A similar program moved 18,000 people off Medicaid in about six months – in Arkansas alone.
Nationally, those reforms would save U.S. taxpayers a minimum of $130 billion over 10 years, the Trump administration says.
But the president’s 2020 budget goes way further, making the same requirement of people getting free housing from HUD, and demanding that 30% of all funds for Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) — the government’s cash welfare program — be used for job training.
This is a huge break from the welfare state dependency of the Obama years and visions of socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Her Green New Deal promises “economic security” to anyone “unable or unwilling to work.”
Trump’s spokesmen say the liberals’ welfare mentality hurts every single American.
Most of all, the White House says it’s unfair to the middle class to be squeezed so that welfare cases can cash checks for doing nothing.
Americans know it’s wrong when they see someone who “has no intention of working at all” who “is making more money and doing better than the person that’s working his or her a** off,” Trump said.
The president always wants to seal the border to stop new immigrants from signing up for generous government handouts paid for by U.S. taxpayers.
“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump said in an interview from the Oval Office.
“They have bad intentions, or they want to get votes, because they think if they come in they’re going to vote Democrat,” the president told Breitbart News.
But big government schemes also hurt families stuck in the welfare system.
“There’s a dignity to work,” said Trump’s budget director, and America needs them to work to “help the country succeed.”
Trump has said he wants to move at least six million people from welfare to work, and it’s paying off, big time.
Already, the number of Americans on food stamps—which hit a historic high under Barack Obama—has fallen by at least 3.6 million under Trump.
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“President Trump endorses reforms that ensure those in need receive assistance while eliminating the economic stagnation that has resulted from long-term government dependence,” one of his domestic advisors told the media.
But Democrats don’t agree—and even the most moderate promise to go to the mat in order to stop Donald Trump from forcing welfare cases to work.
“I’ll guarantee you it’s not going to happen,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat.
Peterson is one of the most conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives.
The Democrats “will certainly fight” the president every step of the way, said Rep. John Yarmouth of Kentucky.
Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce committee say Trump’s proposals aren’t fair, because they “are designed to purge people from the rolls” of state welfare agencies.
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Trump says that’s exactly the point: To lighten the burden on the hardworking American middle class and not import millions of welfare recipients from Mexico and Central America.
The Democrats see those people as their voter base, so they’ve called the president’s budget—and especially its welfare policies—“D.O.A.”
The war is on!
— Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”