Saturday June 10, 2017
I'd like to elaborate on "Take 2 of Trump budget won't pass, may breed balance" (Reading Eagle, May 31), in which the president is taken to task for his Dickensian budget proposal. Let's focus on the proposed cuts to the food stamp program, also known as SNAP. In 2015, 16.6 percent of families with children were food insecure. The Trump Agriculture Department's goal is for no more than 181/2 percent of families with children to be food insecure in 2018. These figures represent hungry children. Why has reducing child hunger become a neglectable issue for our government? When did America become a "can't-do" nation?
SNAP is a targeted, effective program. It expands when services are needed more and contracts in better times. Before Trump's budget came out, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated the following about the program: "As far as I'm concerned, we have no proposed changes. You don't try to fix things that aren't broken." Let's remember that when Congress begins deliberations on the budget.
Food stamp program doesn't need fixing