Indeed, GOP lawmakers have long intoned against “waste, fraud, and abuse,” claiming the corruption, bloat, and thoughtlessness of big government represents a gross injustice to U.S. taxpayers. Are they ready to drain the swamp and be responsible stewards of public money and trust?
As but one example: This week, party leaders decided to sidestep any attempt at farm bill subsidy reform — efforts that would have limited the amount of taxpayer dollars that go to the nation’s wealthiest farmers — so that they could instead focus on putting additional work requirements on the bill’s food stamp beneficiaries. Those requirements could reduce benefits by $9.2 billion between 2018 and 2028, and cause as many as 2 million food stamp recipients to see their benefits reduced or eliminated.
Let’s be clear about what this means: Our government is literally taking food out of the mouths of America’s poorest citizens to lavish excessive taxpayer money on the rich.