Despite his zeal for strength, President Trump’s proposed budget cries one thing: weakness.
In suggesting that we cut $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), the president is literally swatting food away from children before it can even reach their mouths, depriving them of key nutrients, and stunting their ability to grow and succeed.
...I heard from a woman who used the supplements to buy the protein she needed to keep ailments like osteoporosis and diabetes from getting worse. I heard from working mothers who do not make enough money to feed their children and need SNAP to survive. I saw in every corner of our country how effective SNAP is as a work support and how much families rely upon it to make ends meet.
SNAP isn’t just a sieve, either. It’s also one of our country’s most efficient programs. It’s something that can grow as needed — and shrinks back down when not. Our current secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, called it “a very important, effective program.”
“You don’t try to fix things that aren’t broken,” said Perdue. But the White House is ignoring this basic wisdom.