There is a little-known provision in the budget Trump sent to Congress that will mark a huge change in how the Federal Government hands out welfare.
America is a generous country. We give massive foreign aid and we give massive welfare at home. When immigrants legally migrate here we make available a tremendous amount of welfare to help them transition to their new lives.
But as with any government program, welfare needs to be tweaked to adjust the times. If not, these bureaucracies become monstrosities. They become fiefdoms of fraud and abuse and if allowed, become so big as to have their own political gravity.
When they grow this big they pull in politicians to protect them and that is how the nanny state grows and spreads like a weed.
So, we must be vigilant and safeguard our bureaucracies from stagnation. They serve a purpose and that purpose can only be served when the operation is efficiently run.
As lifezette is reporting, Trump’s new budget will attempt the most ambitious overhaul of the welfare system since the 1960’s.
Trump is proposing a work requirement for welfare recipients. This will save a massive $190 billion over the next ten years, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
And it is a good idea morally to get people working as it gives them a sense of purpose and meaning without which people can quickly become despondent.
“We must reform our welfare system so that it does not discourage able-bodied adults from working, which takes away scarce resources from those in real need. Work must be the center of our social policy,” Trump wrote in a introductory letter to his budget.
Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney echoed his boss saying, “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, then we need you to go to work.”
It is good for the soul of the person on welfare, good for the pocketbook of the person on welfare, and good for the country – I guarantee you the democrats will oppose it.