Trump's Socialized Food Stamp Box Is Coming to a Home Near You
Socialized Food Boxes for Recipients of EBT. What Are They?
President Donald J. Trump announced that he and his cabinet believe that SNAP/EBT should be replaced with a "Blue Apron"-esque system. This means that SNAP recipients that receive over $90.00 each month will no longer have the ability to choose what foods go on their dinner table. Nevermind the fact that some have food restrictions, children are often particular regarding the foods that they eat, and we allegedly live in the "land of the free."
With these food boxes, families would receive food that the government deems suitable for human consumption: i.e. powdered milk, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meat, and other boxed and/or canned foods. Apparently those living in poverty do not matter, at least not to the point where they can choose what food items they consume.
Who will Trump's Food Replacement Plan Harm?
According to Newsweek, as of July 7, 2017, "42.6 million Americans were receiving SNAP benefits during the current fiscal year, down from 44.2 million in 2016. The 2017 figure is the lowest since 2010, when 40.3 million people were on food stamps. The number peaked in 2013, at 47.6 million (Djansezian. K. 2017)."
As you can see, the number of individuals receiving food stamp assistance has significantly lowered in the past few years. So why is it so important that Trump suddenly cut food stamps? The Trump Administration claims that, this "plan" would save billions. However, he has no problem spending as much money as possible for a wall and defense. This Administration is ready to take rights away from millions of low income families, by choosing their food. Does this ring any bells? History? Anyone?
If this plan passes, not only with low income families suffer; corporations will as well. For instance, Wal-mart, Kroger, Sam's, CostCo, etc. any store that accepts food stamps will lose a large portion of their profits. We will see a major monetary struggle in the United States if this were to happen. Well that's the opinion of this writer.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
It is apparent that Donald J. Trump does not care about the poor, and he has no idea what it is like to live in poverty. Even if his plan does not pass, it is now evident that he does not have any plans to help those in need. This "president' is out to help himself, whatever is good for Trump is good for America, right? Isn't that how it usually goes?
So what could go wrong if this plan is passed (besides the obvious answers)? We've seen what happens when America steps up and acts as if they know how to govern the world. War. Outrage. Riots. Hate. The United States likes to think that they have the answer for everything, but when they meddle; it only gets worse. Perhaps the first few months those receiving the "Harvest Box" will receive their portions of government consumables, perhaps the food will even be edible. What happens with the government conveniently "forgets" that food needs to go? Millions will starve. Now this is only a "what if", but it's a "what if" that needs to be addressed. We all know that America has a hard time keeping its word. If Trump is okay with keeping brown people out of the country, I think he's okay with letting the scourge of the earth (poverty) go away; in whatever means necessary. Yes, that is a big jump; but that's why this is an opinion piece.
Looking at it from a business standpoint, it's possible that the "mom and pop" shops that accept EBT, stores that accept meat purchases for those on EBT, farmers markets that accept EBT, and even large corporations like Wal-mart will take a massive hit. Some stores could close, while others struggle. This plan is bad just waiting to happen! It could damage the already wounded American market.
Food for thought...how would you react if it was you and your family that could no longer choose what foods you eat. How would you react to the shaming that will occur when these boxes are delivered to your home? I thought so.
How Do You View This Plan?
Let's Break it Down
- This plan would NOT safe money. When you factor in the food itself, paying people to box the food, delivering the food, upkeep on the vehicles, paying people to drive the vehicles...there are no savings here. Believe it or not, most people receiving food benefits only receive enough to stay alive. Not matter what stories you've heard, they are only trying to eat...just like you.
- If you've ever had to shop for food with an EBT card, you know it's very embarrassing. The majority of individuals receiving food stamps are not proud, they are not "riding the system", and they are not abusing these benefits.
- Is public shaming ever the answer? Having someone deliver your free food let's those around you know that you are receiving welfare, this is embarrassing and you should not be shamed because you are poor.
- Businesses will suffer due to a lack of food stamp money coming is as revenue.
- Some small businesses could shut down.
Now let me ask you are question. Do you think it's right to push the poor down when they are already down? Why not reach down and help them up, love your fellow man.
I'll Leave You With This
Do you believe in God, in good, in empathy, in sympathy, being kind, loving one another, any of these things? If so, don't you think those living in poverty deserve a little happiness? Even if that happiness is having the ability in choosing what they eat on a daily basis. Spread love, not hate. Build bridges, not walls.
© 2018 Michelle Battle