Since President Trump took office in January 2017 there are 1.5 million fewer Americans on food Stamps. The latest USDA statistics on food stamp enrollment show that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation has dropped to 41,203,721 as of July 2017. When President Trump took office there were 42,691,363 recipients. When the new numbers come out, it should be even lower.
However, there are still thousands upon thousands of able-bodied adults taking advantage of the system. These adults take the taxpayers money for food while sitting around doing drugs and often have off-the-book incomes that are not reported. One such off-the-books occupation is that of drug dealing. It’s a vicious cycle that needs to be curtailed.
Should able-bodied adults with no children be required to be to take a drug test in order to receive food stamps?
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin believes thew answer is an emphatic “yes” and we agree. Gov. Walker is pushing for rules that would require individual to take a simple drug test when they apply for food stamps.
Of course it would not be fair to keep mothers with children from receiving the help they need to feed their kids, but for able bodied adults it would. Gov Walker believes individuals without kids who test positive for drugs can be pointed to a rehab program and, if they are unable to pay, the state can help in that process.
The Weekly Standard reports:
Walker’s proposal is indeed sensible, and not even hard-hearted: “This rule change means people battling substance use disorders will be able to get the help they need to get healthy, and get back into the workforce,” read a statement from the governor.
But as the Associated Press was eager to point out in its coverage, the effort faces legal headwinds. There are Obama-era federal regulations restricting any requirements for food stamps imposed by the states. A federal lawsuit filed by Walker in 2015 aimed at gaining approval for his rule got hung up in legal technicalities. Walker has asked the Trump administration to jettison the Obama administration’s ban on food-stamp restrictions, but at least for now Team Trump has more pressing things on its plate. It might pique its interest, however, if it takes note that other states would like to pass similar requirements. As the AP reports, 11 governors asked the federal government to approve similar measures in 2016.
Even if Walker’s drug-test plan gets a federal assist, count on plenty of litigation to block his effort. And even if the bureaucratic stars aligned and there was an immediate go-ahead, testing wouldn’t begin for a year. In the meantime that’s a whole lot of smack-consumption, much of it lethal. The Scrapbook hopes that one day we’ll feel morally squeamish enough about subsidizing heroin addiction to do something about it.
What’s insane is that many states already had these types of food stamp restrictions but the Obama administration passed laws to override them.
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