Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Let states run food stamps

Scott Walker, governor extraordinaire of Wisconsin, wants President Trump's permission to drug test food stamp recipients.

Why should a governor need the permission of the president to do that?

The federal government is a creation of the 50 states but somehow along the way, the tail began wagging the dog.

Indeed, President Obama would not allow states to ban potato chips and other junk food. So much for it being about food or nutrition.

The 50 states, territories and the capital administer the food stamp program.

It's time to let them run it.

From the Washington Examiner:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is asking President-elect Donald Trump to give his state the authority to drug test certain food stamp recipients.
Walker, a Republican who ran for president against Trump, made other requests to the president-elect, which would allow more state authority over federal policies.
"Too often, states have become mere administrative provinces of an all-powerful federal government in Washington," Walker said in a statement announcing his letter to Trump. "Now is the time to reverse that trend. These requests are the first of many my administration will make as Wisconsin leads the effort to restore balance between state and federal government."
Walker has long supported drug testing food stamp recipients, a policy he and Republican lawmakers approved in 2015 that has since been blocked by a federal court. Federal law does not allow states to impose drug tests on recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, better known as food stamps.
"We have been forced to delay our implementation and are optimistic your administration will give states like Wisconsin the flexibility to provide the accountability the taxpayers demand," Walker said in his letter.
Banning snack foods and deducting free school lunches and breakfasts from the monthly allotment would also reduce childhood obesity, which is worse among food stamp recipients than other income groups.

Walker was my first choice for president this time. Obviously, I was wrong. Hillary would have chewed him like a dog's chew toy. But he remains a very good governor. I trust he runs and defeats Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race in 2018. His lieutenant governor, though, may run.

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13 comments:

  1. "Scott Walker, governor extraordinaire of Wisconsin, wants President Trump's permission to drug (what got left off??)

    Why should a governor need the permission of the president to do that?"

    I was confused about this until I read further.
    I suspect that Mr. Trump will go for this. It seems reasonable to me, though Dems will hate, Hate, HATE, H8!!! it. (A better reason than being reasonable. OK, not better, but WAY more fun.)

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  2. Need to edit your lede, Big D!

    Otherwise, I am against this idea. Smells like more government. How's about we just require two valid forms of ID? Oh, so you're not an American citizen? Then GTFO.

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  3. Sure the libs will protest. They live to see us destroyed. Forcing hard working people to subsidize abhorrent destructive lifestyles and allow those who live them to outbreed us is all part of the goals of cultural Marxism. They have nothing against forcing a guy who drives a truck fourteen hours a day to subject to drug testing to maintain his CDL license, but have some baby daddy get tested? Think of the offense to his human dignity! Liberals just suck.

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  4. Food stamps was, like school lunches, another farm subsidy, but there's no reason why the states couldn't run it.

    "Walker was my first choice for president this time."

    Or Jindal. I thought a good governor was what was needed.

    I was also wrong.

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    1. I supported Walker too, then Jindal. Trump was my last choice, but unlike the Left, I support him now. I have sent many suggestions via www.greatagain.gov before it closed its suggestion topic last week.

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  5. How about a work requirement as well? It has thousands of years of precedent and moral authority behind it.

    "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat." - II Thessalonians 3:10

    It's long past time to weed out the freeloaders. - Elric

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    2. The governor should be appealing the court decision. If the courts have said that football players can be tested, why not those on unearned government support. With drug testing we could clean up the unearned or undeserving freeloaders on the rolls.

      My have things changed. When I was a kid and needed money for all my college expenses, I worked two full time jobs @ min wage and a weekend job, @ 75 cent an hour, each week for six months to make enough money for a January start of college; the money lasted until I dropped out of college after two years and joined the navy's nuclear power program, which set me up for life with an excellent skill set..

      Even when jobs are few that pay good salaries, one can do what needs to be done to earn money for college, to keep your home, as I did once, or to feed your family. I have been down but not out three times in my life and my work ethic has prevailed over adversity.

      I have traveled all over the world and the US is one of the few countries where one can truly rise to your greatest potential, if you are willing to work for it and "fight" that which tries to hold you back. I know that for a fact. But at 72, I sadly fear we are losing that culture.

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    3. The governor should be appealing the court decision. If the courts have said that football players can be tested, why not those on unearned government support. With drug testing we could clean up the unearned or undeserving freeloaders on the rolls.

      My have things changed. When I was a kid and needed money for all my college expenses, I worked two full time jobs @ min wage and a weekend job, @ 75 cent an hour, each week for six months to make enough money for a January start of college; the money lasted until I dropped out of college after two years and joined the navy's nuclear power program, which set me up for life with an excellent skill set..

      Even when jobs are few that pay good salaries, one can do what needs to be done to earn money for college, to keep your home, as I did once, or to feed your family. I have been down but not out three times in my life and my work ethic has prevailed over adversity.

      I have traveled all over the world and the US is one of the few countries where one can truly rise to your greatest potential, if you are willing to work for it and "fight" that which tries to hold you back. I know that for a fact. But at 72, I sadly fear we are losing that culture.

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  6. "Scott Walker, governor extraordinaire of Wisconsin, wants President Trump's permission to drug test food stamp recipients."

    A man who lived by a river with a spectacular view from the bank on his property kept having to rescue people who fell in and were drowning. Finally he said to himself "This is dumb. I need to put up a fence to stop people from falling in the river to begin with."

    Walker's proposal is like putting up that fence. You stop feeding people with drug problems there is a decent chance they will go to work. I know the CEO's of several local manufacturers who pay decent wages and benefits. Every one of them says their biggest problem is dependable labor that can pass a drug test.

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  7. "Walker was my first choice for president this time."

    "Or Jindal. I thought a good governor was what was needed."

    Lots of people got it wrong. The nevertrumpers like NRO and the "principled conservatives" never got it right.

    It's not enough to have good policies & principles. You don't get to put those into effect unless you WIN. And Walker, Cruz, etc. would have lost to Hillary.

    Those f'ing idiots and NT'ers would rather be right than successful. Their unreasoning hatred of Trump would just have given us Hillary and *none* of their Principled Conservative policies would have been implemented. But they's be "right", so they'd be happy.

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