A recent article from Minnesota Public Radio described the consequences of curtailing the policy option that allows states to lift or eliminate their asset tests for most SNAP applicants (also known as broad-based categorical eligibility). State administrators interviewed for the article pointed out that asset tests hurt families trying to move toward self-sufficiency, particularly when they impose limits on vehicle ownership. But one passage from the article, quoting the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector, expressed some other concerns:
"The current way the system works, you can have $100,000 sitting in the bank, and if you're unemployed, you can get food stamps. It's a total waste of money. It's like a bad joke.”
. . . [Rector] argues that food stamp applicants should have to take such a test, even if some people who need help are denied benefits."I'm sure you can find one or two, or a dozen, or a hundred very sympathetic cases like that," he said. "But you're also going to find tens of thousands of people that are now taking assistance under this program who don't really need this."
Below are just a few of the myriad reasons this is not, in fact, true: