The current population in the United States is 313.9 million people and 47million of those people receive food stamps. One in eight Americans receives SNAP which is the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program or better known as food stamps. I believe there needs to be a greater amount of restriction as to who can apply and receive government assistance on food. I understand everyone needs to eat in order to survive but I believe more and more people each year take advantage of being able to receive food stamps so they can have more money in their pockets. According to the USDA in 2010, one out of six families on SNAP were a non-working family or didn’t have and elderly disabled family member. Therefore 30% of SNAP household were working at the time while still receiving food stamps.
The government should not be go willing to help every American that claims they need government assistance. I understand life isn’t always easy but if you are not willing to work as hard as you can to try and make ends meet on your own you should not go crying to the government that you need assistance. If the government placed restrictions on illegal immigrants receiving food stamps to the extent where they are only given enough allowance for food for their child that is an American, it would save the government more money. “Critics argue that SNAP should be drastically reduced because it promotes dependency on the state. The fact that almost 45 million people received food stamps in 2011, they contend, proves that the program has become far too lenient in its eligibility criteria. The program ought to be focused on people in real need—not people who are taking no steps to find work," Ramesh Ponnuru, a columnist for Bloomberg News, wrote in 2012.
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