For a very long time I have advocated limiting what Food Stamps can buy. Oops- it’s not “Food Stamps” anymore – it’s “SNAP”, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. NUTRITION! If I am going to be shelling out tax dollars to help people I will be damned if my tax dollars should be helping people buy junk with no nutritional value and oh by the way engorging the profits of companies like Coke, Pepsi and Frito-Lay.
New York Asks to Bar Use of Food Stamps to Buy Sodas
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought federal permission on Wednesday to bar New York City’s 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks.
Wait! What’s that noise?
The world would be better, I think, if people limited their purchases of sugared beverages,” Mr. Hacker said. “However, there are a great many ethical reasons to consider why one would not want to stigmatize people on food stamps.”
Oh I recognize it now. It’s the sound of the crybaby ACLU types screaming “DISCRIMINATION!” How dare we taxpayers want to limit the ability of the poor and needy to buy junk on our dimes? Boo Frickin Hoo asshole. Stigmatize. Hmph. Try being one of the working poor who does not qualify for any assistance and forgoes soda, candy, chips and the like. Try for just one minute you self-righteous idiot to imagine how it feels to be in line behind one of the recipients of our tax dollars who just happens to have a grocery cart full of soda, cookies, chips, and sugar laden cereal that many taxpayers can not afford. DING DING DING! A Winner!
Dr. Farley and the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Richard F. Daines, said in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times on Thursday that the ban would not reduce the ability of food-stamp recipients to feed their families. “They would still receive every penny of support they now get, meaning they would have as much, if not more, to spend on nutritious food,” Dr. Farley and Dr. Daines wrote. “And they could still purchase soda if they choose — just not with taxpayer dollars.”
As noted in the article, the SNAP program already prohibits certain items such as prepared foods and alcoholic beverages. I would add that the WIC program severely limits what items can be purchased. WIC can be used for milk, cheese, peanut butter, milk and non sugared cereals. Who cares who had the idea? Get it done!