Bush made Food Stamp program wide open
(Note, Feb. 16: a reader points out that Bush vetoed the bill that contained the loosening of rules for Food Stamps, and I reply.)
Did you know that President Bush in 2008 changed the Food Stamp program so that recipients no longer have to provide any verification of their finances? So Clinton, the Democrat, signed welfare reform, making it harder to get welfare, and Bush, the “conservative Republican,” made a key part of welfare more open than ever. My only consolation is that I never voted for him.
Unless Republicans explicitly renounce Bush-style Big Government they will not be able to offer a genuine alternative to the Democrats. This is not to take away from the great thing the Republicans have done over the past year, forming a stone wall against Obamacare. They deserve applause for that, and must continue doing it. But at a certain point, they are going to be in a position to put forth their own proposals, and if they have not truly renounced Bush type Big Government, they are going to end up just as despised and hated as they were before they were saved by the Obamacrats’ extremism.
David B. writes:
Bush’s making the food stamp program wide open is indicative of something we see constantly. All Bush had to do to get conservative voters was to say that he was against abortion and after 9-11 would “fight the War on Terror.” After that, he spent most of his presidency moving left.Stephen T. writes:
It’s easy to figure. How many American working class citizens are unable to verify their income or lack of it? I’ve been broke before and, boy, could I ever prove it! I couldn’t hide it! Illegal aliens from Mexico, however, unlawfully employed in an all-cash underground economy, paying no taxes and sending most of their money to Mexico anyway, generally can’t prove their income. The Bush policy of opening up food stamps to those unable to prove income was solely and entirely an effort to make food stamps available to Mexican nationals in this country illegally. It had nothing to do with helping unemployed working Americans—whom they have complete contempt for, anyhow (Remember: Americans working at low-paying manual labor jobs are “losers” while Mexicans doing so are morally-superior saints.) Look at the timing of that decision: right in the middle of the time when the Kennedy/McCain amnesty bill was going down in flames. This was simply George Bush’s consolation prize to illegals—and a jab at Americans who opposed it.Rick U. writes:
If you just want to bash Bush, fine. But this post is just factually wrong. Bush vetoed the bill and the Congress overrode the veto.LA replies:
Of course I don’t want to “just bash Bush.”LA continues:
Based on this Reuter’s story, the veto of the Farm Bill in May 2008 was not directed at the expansion of Food Stamps, but at other aspects of the bill.Rick U. writes:
Fair enough. As I wrote earlier, I would prefer that conservatives focus more attention on Congress for these bills and the silly policies they include.
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