(People's World) -- Donald Trump, meet Ebenezer Scrooge—before Scrooge saw the light in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You’re him.
That’s because on Dec. 19, “at the direction of President Donald J. Trump”—and that’s a direct quote—Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proposed new and tougher work rules for the millions of people who must use the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, to feed themselves.
Supporters of aiding the poor were outraged. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a longtime champion of women and children and a top member of next year’s Democratic majority on the House Appropriations Committee—which actually helps dole out food stamp funds—called the Trump-Perdue food stamp plan “immoral at its core” and introduced legislation to overturn it.
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Perdue, reflecting both his GOP boss’s views and common prejudices about food stamp recipients, declared the rules would return food stamps to being “a second chance, not a way of life” for users. He and Trump are “applying them to able-bodied food stamp recipients aged 18-49, with no dependents.”