One thing Donald Trump’s critics – and even some of his supporters – wondered during the campaign was how, exactly, we would know when America was…made great again? What were the metrics? What accomplishments would we have to see before we declared Greatness Restored?
It’s a bit of a silly thought experiment, but maybe it’s one worth considering. After all, many of his once-biggest supporters are turning on him in the wake of his DACA waffling and his uncomfortably-close relationship with the Democrat Party leadership. Maybe we should start thinking about the parameters of a successful Trump presidency. In doing so, of course, we should take stock of some of the smaller wins we’re getting along the way.
In that spirit, we turn to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to their statistics, the Trump economy is quickly eradicating the Food Stamp Nation we were becoming under President Obama. The report shows that for every month President Trump has been in office, food stamp usage across the country has declined. That’s “winning” no matter how you define it!
Participation in the SNAP program dropped from 42,691,363 in January, when Trump took office, to 41,310,785 in June, which is the latest available data from the USDA. Moreover, the statistics show that there have been month-over-month decreases in the participation rate since Trump was inaugurated. While much of the decline can be attributed to individual states re-implementing work requirements, the role of the Trump administration cannot be overlooked.
For one thing, the crackdown on illegal immigration has made a big difference. Illegal immigrants are not, themselves, (supposed to be) eligible for SNAP benefits, but many of them belong to families that are. Fearful that their participation in the program might attract undue attention, some of them are apparently forgoing benefits to stay under the radar. Furthermore, mouths deported are mouths that don’t need to be fed through the federal safety net. Sound harsh? Maybe. But the facts are the facts.
The truth is that the biggest assist simply comes from the booming economy. Business big and small still has tremendous confidence in the Trump agenda, and that is reflected on Wall Street, in real estate, and across the retail sectors. Consumer confidence is high, unemployment is swiftly vanishing, and America is running along like the well-oiled capitalism machine that it was before a certain Barack Obama came to Washington. If the GOP ever gets its collective head out of its collective butt and repeals Obamacare, we’ll really see the economy take off.
Food stamp participation rates aren’t the end-all, be-all measure of an administration, of course, but this is a very positive sign for the country.