My latest column is up at AND Magazine!
Here is an excerpt:
The federal budget always seems to be a hot topic, whether over some mid-year appropriations bill or another massive Omnibus foisted upon us by Congress with one of their manufactured end-of-December deadlines. Today is no different, as the recent debate over proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also know as “food stamps”, proved.
The change to SNAP would enhance work requirements, effectively moving people off of the welfare program and into the job market. Since temporary relief for those in need has been the stated goal of welfare programs since their inception, it’s tough to see how that would be a bad thing.
The biggest problem with the modern welfare state is that it measures its own success by how many people are receiving aid. This gives bureaucrats and politicians an incentive to both keep poor people on welfare and to add more people to the rolls. This turns welfare into a trap – a self-perpetuating cycle of politicians keeping their constituents dependent on the government and bribing them with continued handouts.