On Friday, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush unveiled his plan to end food stamp program for welfare recipients and redirect the money to states to help them set in place their own programs.
He said that the move is part of a larger plan to fix failing programs part of the U.S. welfare system. Bush made the announcement before attending a meeting designed to discuss poverty-related topics in South Carolina on Jan. 9.
The GOP candidate noted that for decades the American welfare system has failed to provide relief to millions of residents struggling ijn poverty. He said that so far trillions of dollars were allocated to welfare programs, but over 46 million people still do not have a decent wage to live.
Bush announced other controversial steps he would take to overhaul the system. After declaring war on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program which provides Americans living under the poverty line with food stamps, he said he was also poised to end other programs such as housing assistance measures and welfare money programs for households in need.
He thinks that the best action against poverty would be to allow each state decide which program is best for its residents. He also believes that it is best to encourage ‘able-bodied adults’ to get a job by imposing time limits than encouraging them to stay at home on welfare.
Bush will provide more details on his plans on Saturday.
In the meantime, as New Hampshire’s GOP primary approaches, the reserved presidential candidate took a different approach. On Tuesday, Bush opened up before an audience of 300 activists involved in the fight against drug addiction that he has felt the pain of addicts’ families first-hand.
He recalled about his teenage daughter’s struggle with heroin that forced the entire family to experience hell. He said that he understands the pain of people who have a loved one caught in the web of addiction.
His back-then teenage daughter Noelle had drug problems and was taken into custody in 2002 because of a fake Xanax prescription. The incident took a toll on Bush’s public image as he was serving as Florida governor at the time and had plans to be reelected.
Earlier last year, Bush unveiled another personal struggle about having a person affected by dementia in the family.
Nevertheless, before discussing her daughter’s past he asked for her permission. He added that her addiction going public inspired him to enact better drug treatment policies as governor, and also got him in touch with other suffering families.
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