We all know someone that relies on assistance, or we do. That is the side effect of half this country living on less than $29 thousand a year: even if you work full time, ends can’t possibly meet. Donald Trump has decided that “welfare reform,” is the next thing he is going to be adding to his already overflowing to-do list.
During a cabinet meeting, Trump said:
“Some people are really taking advantage of our system. And we are going to be looking very, very strongly therefore at welfare reform. People are taking advantage of the system and then other people aren’t receiving what they really need to live and we think it’s very unfair to them.”
Details about how he will do this, or when it will happen are vague, as are most of Trump’s grand designs: “very shortly,” (something like “two-weeks?”) and zero blueprints. Gee, no plan, and nothing but spitting out the buzzwords that his base wolfs down like potato chips – sounds typically Trumpian.
The problem with welfare fraud is evident. People are gaming the system, but no more so than any other program. What most Rabid Republicans aren’t aware of is that most welfare fraudsters are middle-class white people who administer or serve those who get benefits. In fact, most people who get food stamps are white, and the bulk of federal assistance dollars go to Trump supporting states.
According to Variety:
Entitlement programs, from food stamps to Medicare, don’t see unusually high cheating rates — and the culprits are usually managers and executives, not “welfare queens.”
In other words, most fraud is committed by “white and blue collar” criminals. (Remember, it’s only with guns that we make no laws because criminals don’t follow them…)
According to the Hill, “The White House wants lawmakers to send tax-reform legislation to Trump’s desk by the end of the year” and has also asked them to save the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that he killed. Not to mention that “Congress also must pass a budget and a government spending bill by December,” and there is still that little matter of “raising the nation’s borrowing limit.”
Realistically, however, based on Trump’s current batting average, this promise is yet another nothingburger. But, if he does ever get this off the ground, the states most likely to see “welfare reform” would be those that get the most federal dollars. In short, most of those states voted for Trump.
These are the states that are the most dependent on federal assistance dollars:
Oh, and just to be clear, welfare reform will not negatively affect illegals draining the system. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and most other public benefits. Most of these programs require proof of legal immigration status, and under the 1996 welfare law, even legal immigrants cannot receive these benefits until they have been in the United States for more than five years. Sorry, Trumpsters.