To offset some of the initial costs of President Donald Trump’s plan to cut taxes for the American people, the Republican conservatives in Congress who make up the Freedom Caucus are seeking to reform the nation’s frequently abused welfare system.
As it stands, billions of dollars are wasted annually on able-bodied people who leech off of the system while making zero efforts to acquire work.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Freedom Caucus hopes to rectify this avoidable situation by adding work requirements and time limits to two of the nation’s most abused programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides cash assistance.
“It’s good policy to encourage work,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the Freedom Caucus, told The Daily Signal.
It’s a great policy, in fact, as well as one that’s desperately needed now more than ever. During former President Barack Obama’s term in office, welfare consumption skyrocketed, as did a number of taxes.
Mandating work requirements for welfare is also policy that works.
A recent report revealed that after 13 counties in the state of Alabama reinstated work requirements for food stamps, consumption plummeted by a staggering 85 percent:
13 Alabama counties saw 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements restarted https://t.co/j7v7UquE1o
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 6, 2017
Similar results have been observed in other states.
Speaking with The Daily Signal, Virginia Republican Rep. Dave Brat noted that the underlying goal is to ensure “every able-bodied person gets into the workforce,” while the secondary goal is to save an estimated $400 to $500 billion that could be used to lower taxes for those Americans who actually work.
“You are getting able-bodied people back in the workforce, along with tax cuts that are going to stimulate job production and the economy, so it’s a win-win and that’s the goal,” he said. “Our measure of success is how many people we get back in the workforce and off of federal programs.”
Of course, far-left radicals disagree. A leftist at the radical blog Daily Kos kvetched that the caucus “wants to cut food stamps to pay for corporate tax cuts.”
That’s a lie. The caucus wants to both reform welfare to incentivize people to return to the workforce and also provide much-needed tax savings to a middle class that has been devastated by eight years of socialist-lite redistribution schemes under former President Barack Obama.
And considering that it was the Republicans — not the Democrats — who won the White House, the House and the Senate in last year’s election, it’s arguable that this sort of reform is exactly what the American people want.
What do you think about the Freedom Caucus’s plan to combine tax cuts with welfare reform?