When President Trump took office, the number of Americans on food stamps exceeded the total population of Canada.
During the previous eight years, the Obama administration had implemented a steady stream of policies that promoted dependency, discouraged work, and made it easier for fraudsters to scam resources away from the truly needy. By 2016, more than one in six American households were receiving food stamps, whether they needed them or not.
The situation was a mess, and it had all developed under the watch of Tom Vilsack, longtime agriculture secretary under the Obama administration.
Four years later, here we go again.