Are all Americans entitled to eat? That’s the inane question a leftist media outlet asked Republican Congressman Adrian Smith.
Journalism truly is dead. Rather than report news, mainstream media now actively shape it to push a desired narrative. Just ask Congressman Smith, whose benign interview about President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget turned into an entrap-and-smear semantic game to portray him as callous and uncaring.
During an NPR segment on farm subsidies, nutrition, and food stamps, Smith was asked about Trump’s proposed cuts to the food-stamp program SNAP (which would be made gradually over 10 years).
NPR’s Scott Simon then staged this absurd exchange, where he tried to corner Congressman Smith by parsing his words:
NPR: Well, let me ask you this bluntly: Is every American entitled to eat?
Smith: Well, nutrition, obviously, we know is very important.
NPR: So is every American entitled to eat, and is food stamps something that ought to be that ultimate guarantor?
Smith: Given the necessity of nutrition, there could be a number of ways that we could address that.
NPR: So you would vote for a budget that cuts food stamps?
Smith: I want to look at an entire budget, look at all of the details. I’m still sifting through the details of the newly released budget. But we know that Congress ultimately has the say. I look for there to be a lot of changes made in the House and the Senate to the president’s budget.
The Huffington Post later summarized the interview with the misleading soundbite headline: “GOP congressman declines to say whether every American is entitled to eat.”
What Congressman Adrian Smith actually said was that Trump’s proposed budget was a blueprint that will be modified once the Senate reviews it.
Basically, Democrats are furious that Trump’s budget calls for cuts to entitlement programs ($192 billion from food stamps and $272 billion from other welfare programs). It also eliminates tax credits for illegal immigrants but leaves Social Security and Medicare untouched.
Because the United States is facing a $20 trillion national debt, some entitlement programs have to be modified. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the working American is the engine fueling the federal budget.
Mulvaney underscored that truly needy people, such as the elderly and disabled, will not be denied government assistance, but the welfare gravy train will end for able-bodied people who are able to work but refuse to.
While Democrats viewed the proposed welfare cuts solely through the eyes of the beneficiaries, Mulvaney said President Trump is viewing the federal budget through the eyes of the people who work every day to provide the benefits for those that don’t work.
“You have to have compassion for people who are receiving federal funds, but you also have to have compassion for the people who are paying it,” Mulvaney said.
In order for the federal budget to work, Mulvaney said welfare and food-stamp recipients need to get jobs if they are able to work. “We need folks to work,” he said. “If you’re on food stamps, and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go to work.”
Mulvaney said the success of any welfare program should be measured by how many people are able to wean themselves off it once they get a job and can support themselves.
“We are no longer going to measure compassion by number of programs or number of people on those programs,” he said. “We will measure compassion and success by the number of people we get off those programs and get back in charge of their own lives.”
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