Just when you thought the process for getting food stamps couldn’t get much easier, it just might.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into phone interviews for those wishing to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps.
The USDA, which generally requires face-to-face interviews for those seeking benefits, is considering phone interviews for those claiming “hardships.”
A report issued by the USDA said, “Regulations require that states conduct face-to-face interviews, unless the state determines that a telephone interview is acceptable due to a hardship on the client.”
The report also stated that during the last decade, “most states applied for and received waivers that allow for telephone interviews in all cases, without the need to document a hardship.”
Proponents arguing for the measure claimed face-to-face interviews “add too much extra administrative cost,” noting food stamp recipients have increased from 17 million in 2000 to nearly 47 million in 2014.
Arguments against the measure assert the number of recipients jumped because entry requirements into the program were too relaxed.
The Cato Institute issued a report supporting this argument, claiming much of the increase in the number of food stamp recipients was due to “deliberate policy choices by both federal and state governments, which loosened eligibility standards and actively sought new participants,” according to The Daily Caller.
“At the same time, evidence that the expansion of SNAP has significantly reduced hunger or improved nutrition among low-income Americans is scant at best,” the report said.
This is good new for all the welfare leeches that enjoy living off of everyone else’s hard work. This is bad news for hard-working Americans who do not want or need more of their tax dollars wasted on bloated programs that do not work.
We’ve come to expect this kind of thing from liberals who want to keep as many people living off the government for as long as possible.
However, every right-thinking American knows how detrimental to society these kinds of programs are — and they should not be allowed to continue.