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Trump’s Latest Attack On The Poor? A Fee For Grocers Who Accept Food Stamps

In Trump’s latest attack on the poor people of America, CNBC is reporting that the Trump regime would like to start charging grocery stores a fee for accepting food stamps as a form of payment for food—you know, that stuff that keeps us all alive and well. This fee would be in addition to the $191 billion in proposed cuts to the food stamps program over the next decade.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, which is currently led by Trump supporter and ill-fitting-suit-wearer Mick Mulvaney, the new fee will be assessed to grocery providers when they apply or re-apply to start accepting food stamps. The fee is expected to generate $2.4 billion in revenue over the next ten years.

“Although a small number of stores may choose to leave the program rather than pay the fee, we do not expect that this will affect access to authorized stores,” an OMB official told CNBC.  Critics counter that many stores in poorer communities will simply stop accepting food stamps—only further expanding the crisis of food deserts.

Leslie G. Sarasin, president of the Food Marketing Institute, which represents the grocery industry, told CNBC that the fee is a “flawed policy of imposing fees on food retailers in order to reduce the cost of the federal government’s nutrition assistance benefits to the most needy in our society.”

Let’s also not forget the other part of the Trump budget that would potentially leave one million people suffering from AIDS dead in Africa or the fact that under the proposed Obamacare repeal, 23 million Americans will lose healthcare coverage.

At what point will these poor Trump voters, many of whom might benefit from food stamps, start waking up and realizing they are the ones getting trumped?

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