While the Trumpistas are presently plowing a multibillion-dollar subsidy into big grain farms – they’re using a tangle of federal red tape in a mingy effort to deny a meager level of food assistance to millions of poor families.
To qualify for food aid, federal rules say that a family of three should have an income under $27,000 a year. But with rents, utilities, health care, and even food prices constantly rising, millions of Americans can’t make ends meet on such a low income. Thus, 40 states have stepped in to loosen that restriction so families at least get the basic nutrition they need. Trump’s minions demean these people as welfare moochers, but overwhelmingly they’re working families, children, the elderly, and Americans with disabilities. And the benefit is hardly lavish, averaging only $127 a month – but even this modest outlay has proven enormously successful in mitigating poverty.