by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in her normal screeching manner, just raised national hackles by saying people will starve — starve! — because the Agriculture Department, under President Donald Trump’s watch, is reeling in some of its Supplemental Nutrition Program, or food stamp, giveaways.
Stupid is as stupid does, as Forrest Gump’s mom might say. Does anybody actually starve in America? Starving’s a socialist-country thing.
“Famine is a disproportionately prevalent outcome of socialist systems,” as the American Enterprise Institute reported in a 2016 study.
Starving’s a despotic leader thing.
Starving connotes death.
Americans may go hungry now and then — particularly those to-be-pitied American children who’ve had the bad luck to be raised in homes representing the leftist dream. …
… The latest goings-on with America’s SNAP, or food stamp, program is that this administration reined in some of its more egregiously abused aspects by formalizing work requirements for adults, ages 18 to 49, who do not have minor-age dependents to feed. In other words: If you’re an adult, able to work, and absent any responsibility for children, then you have to work to eat.
The food-stamp gravy train is leaving the station.
Still, that new rule doesn’t apply to parents with minor-age children in their homes — something Ocasio-Cortez failed to mention. The new rule also carves out allowances for adults without children who work at least 20 hours a week to continue receiving food stamps under certain conditions.
All in all, America is a pretty generous nation.
Nobody starves in America. Not as the left would like believed.