Geez. No wonder Wisconsin's dairy cows want to come to California!!
This makes no sense economically to the state or nutritionally to food stamp recipients (especially young kids).
What are they thinking?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/0 … ood-Stamps
...sooooo.....what are 'authorities' thinking....poor folk shouldn't buy cheese....wtf......it's better if some folks buy Kraft processed cheese slices i guess..........................................so ridiculous!
The update allows 1/3 of the food stamp balance to be spent on junk food. It's not just cheese(which, to be fair, is a very expensive food item), it's junk food.
Personally, I think all SNAP programs should be revamped to disallow the purchase of junk food. You can buy chips, candy bars, soda, TV dinners, and other food full of preservatives and chemicals... and it shouldn't be that way.
Daily Kos is, quite possible, the biggest joke in 'news'.
"hatred of poor people and stupidity... they just hate poor people..." etc...
Sorry, if people are going to take money from other taxpayers to buy food, they shouldn't be able to buy crap with it. We already have something like 40% of kids being obese, maybe if they don't stuff their faces with junk food and fast food we can change that. I see no problem with this.
But according to that (sooo unbiased) article it is the "Dairy state". And it will hurt the dairy farmers! And they wear plastic cheese wedges on their heads!
All excellent reasons that the change was stupid.
Although I tend to agree the bill is a rather stupid one, I like to think that I could come up with better reasons than that were I to write in opposition. And when I did, I wouldn't include such nonsense in anything I wrote. It does, after all, make the author look like a total idiot and rather ruins any point he might be trying to make.
Do you really think that poor people should be able to buy Doritos, Coca Cola, and Oreos with money that is taken from other taxpayers? Not only are those foods *not* nutritional, they contribute to our obesity and diabetes problem, which yet again tax payers end up picking up the tab for treating.
Forcing some citizens to pay for the food of others is legalized theft. Forcing those citizens to pay for the medical bills incurred from the junk food those poor people buy and eat is just ludicrous.
No, people should not be buying junk food on the public dollar. But cheese is not junk food and that's where the bill becomes stupid.
The article, on the other hand, somehow ties in Wisconsin being a dairy state to the bill being stupid - the actual reasons and arguments for the bill are set aside in favor of state pride and business profits. Those become the reason it's a bad bill, and that concept makes the author even more stupid than the bill is.
Also, just because the representative only mentioned a couple cheeses doesn't mean that Velveeta will be allowed. The bill calls for the Department of Heath Services to create a list of unhealthy foods, and they won't be allowed.
Has anyone, here or at Daily Kos, criticizing this bill, looked at what is actually being limited? I didn't think so.
If you're going to the Dailykos for news you probably are not really interested in news but rather interested in hysterics. That being said I do not think we need to legislate what people eat, if they want chips and cheese they should be allowed to have it.
A few years back my husband's work had to do a bunch of cutbacks, as a result, he lost his well-paying job. Luckily, I had just gotten a job, but it was low-paying. (I made a little more than I did here on HPs. )
Anyway, he made it his full time job to get a new job. It only took two weeks, but the job made a third of what he had made. We still had 3 kids living at home, food to buy, bills to pay and a mortgage. We would have been happy to sell the house, but it was impossible. It was more likely that we would have to lose it.
So we went thru the steps... what should we do to keep our kids alive... to keep our family afloat. We applied for the food stamps and were awarded them. We were on them for 10 mos. and are off now. We had paid our taxes and happily given to those in need for over 20 years. We had never expected to need assistance ourselves. Never. But we thank God for His provision and for a country where we do all care for friends, family, neighbor and countryman. It's the kind of a country the rest of the world wishes it could be a part of.
I work at a grocery store and deal with food stamps and the ppl who need them on a daily basis. I see that ppl buy junk food and that is not the best choice, obviously. I used to hear a few kids (and even a few immature adults) I worked with, make negative comments about some of these situations. I wasn't ashamed though, I was grateful and I would tell them I was on them at the time. They would change their tune when they heard that b/c they had always had a healthy amount of respect for me.
The thing is, none of us knows what our future holds, nor do we know another person's story. Being judgmental for any reason, is usually the wrong choice. When it comes down to it, I will pay my taxes and help my neighbor whether they buy soda or water. I will do my best not to judge them for what goes across the conveyer belt. As long as their family is in a warm home and their children are fed, that's all that really matters in the long run, and if I did anything to help make that happen, *I'm better off for it.
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