In the 80's this program was incredibly corrupt and prone to abuse. The government has done an outstanding job in cleaning up the program. Most people who are on SNAP really depend on these benefits just to survive. It often consists of about $300 a month. I spend that much at the supermarket in about 2 weeks. If they want to improve the efficiency they should subtract candy and soda from the program. They also need to stop subsidizing farms. This causes an increase in food prices which makes it harder on the needy to afford basic food. Also, stop the tax breaks including interest deductions on mortgages and apply taxes to houses of worship. This is very unpopular but it would be fair. Unfortunately, politicians will not do what is fair but what will get them re-elected.
Good or bad the GOP would gain more respect from voters if they would be as gung-ho about cutting the 90 billion we give in corporate welfare to Big Ag and energy producers each year. Otherwise they're just hypocrites.
No. Perhaps cutting the fraud out would work; it's estimated 2-4% of SNAP payments are due to fraud, which can go from inappropriately completing documents to selling accounts to stores. If you assume a 80-100 billion dollar program over 10 years, and you can reduce 4% fraud to 2%, that would be about 20 billion over 10 years. Earlier this year, Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, both Republicans, introduced legislation to save $30 billion over 10 years from SNAP, purportedly by "eliminating loopholes, waste, fraud, and abuse." Once you dig into their fact sheet, however, none of the savings actually come from fraud, but rather from cutting funding and tightening benefits. That's probably because fraud levels in SNAP appear to be as low as with the other "pure welfare" programs: "Payment error" rates -- money sent in incorrect amounts and/or to the wrong people -- have declined from near 10 percent a decade ago to 3 to 4 percent today, most of it due, again, to some form of government error, not active fraud. The majority of food-stamp fraud appears to be generated by supermarkets "trafficking" in the food stamps. Beneficiaries intentionally ripping off the taxpayers account for perhaps 1-2 percent of payments. It's there, but it is minimal.
They would save close to that if they made it mandatory to take a drug test before getting accepted to the program. Some states do but jeez in California alone half the damn people on it would fail :/ and yes I have received food stamps benefits at one time and no I was not and have never been in drugs of any kind
Not sure about the dollar math, $40 billion, but people truly in need of food aid should not be punished & turned away due to the behaviors of scam artists using the program for a free ride. Focus on eliminating the scammers, first, then focus on setting the program's spending budgets. (Washington tends to do things backwards & it's why knee-jerk actions like this sometimes occur.)