The fact that “Trump orders top-to-bottom review of welfare programs” is not necessarily a bad thing. If reviewed with the intent to make things better then I agree with the review. If the review is to help the poor, help move them from poverty to a better way of life then I agree with reviewing the programs. However, I am skeptical that that is the motivation.
Isaiah 58 NH has built its program on improved procedures and programs related to moving people from poverty to a better way of life. I support review with the intent to improve care for those in need but not just to reduce cost.
We at Isaiah have seen food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as a real life line for those in extreme poverty. They have been stepping stones for others to move from poverty to that of a productive member of a community.
A recent Politico article states that “The federal government spent more than $700 billion on welfare to low-income households in 2017. Food stamps, which are used by about 43 million Americans, and a cash benefit known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, which helps about 3.5 million people, are among the programs Trump wants to target.”
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I am concerned that this review is not for the benefit of delivering better services to the poor but delivering better tax refunds to the rich. This is not in line with anyone’s religious or ethical values, let alone the values that have make America the land of opportunity.
I welcome review to improve the lot of the poor but review to improve the lot of the rich at the expense of the poor goes against all in which I believe. Food stamps and TANF have help many move from poverty to a life of which they can be proud.