Jeb Bush Plans To Eliminate Food Stamps—Does He Want Us To Hate Him?

by
Kate Brown
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his new welfare plan on Friday that will, sadly, surprise only the most benign of us.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his new welfare plan on Friday that will, sadly, surprise only the most benign Americans. 

In his proposed plan, Bush would take steps to completely eliminate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAPS or formerly known as food stamps).

Not only that, Bush wants to take it a step further and take apart federal housing assistance programs as well as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a federal program that provides cash assistance to needy families.

The money would instead be used as grants for states to do with as they please. 

The idea, simply put, is that the states know how to better deal with their poor, and therefore it should be their problem. 

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In reality, this new plan would allow incredibly anti-welfare states to further dismantle any funds needy families may reply on to survive while the state funnels the money elsewhere. 

"We have spent trillions of dollars on the ‘war on poverty,’ but there are now still more than 46 million Americans living in poverty," he said in a statement laying out his plan.

Being the Christian man that he so often proclaims he is, taking away essential programs like food stamps and housing assistance certainly is a step to helping the less fortunate, don't you think?

Considering he is barely making the polls to maintain a seat at the GOP presidential debate on Thursday, it will be interesting to see how this proposed plan will affect his numbers.

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