Fat Kids, Food Stamps And Michelle — The lame-stream propagandists who prefer writing press releases of fluff to pressing for release of facts were effusive in their praise yesterday of Michelle Obama for twisting the arm of Wal*Mart and forcing it to make “healthy food” more available and less expensive.
Basically the corporation agreed to reduce sodium and sugar in some foods, cut prices on produce and make a logo so customers can more identify healthful items.
What a spunky dynamo our First Lady is!!!
So will Michelle make the next logical step and begin demanding that the food products that one can buy via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program i.e. SNAP i.e.Food Stamps be restricted?
Actually, if one’s true motive was concern for the diet of the needy, one would think that would be the first logical step, but never mind.
Right now with Food Stamps bags of M&Ms, boxes of Captain Crunch, cartons of TastyKakes and bottles of Mountain Dew are all just fine and dandy to snap up at the Aldi market.
So Michelle, how about we launch a crusade to limit what you can buy with SNAP to bulk grains, cooking oils, fruit and veggies (fresh, canned or frozen), milk, eggs, butter and domestic cheese? Note that we are leaving sugar off the list. That would certainly give Mr. Obesity the what-for!
Of course you do realize that if such a proposal was made the first ones to send out their Ninja lobbyists to slit its throat would be Wal*Mart, and PepsiCo and Nabisco and every other soulless corporate producer or distributor of SNAP subsidized junk food.
It doesn’t matter though cause you are not going to do it. Style trumps substance every time in your crowd.
Fat Kids, Food Stamps And Michelle
Non-Diet Soda Pop From Food Stamps — Congressman Collin Peterson, a moderate Democrat who represents the 7th District of Minnesota, wants to prohibit the 39 million monthly users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)– which the federal Food Stamp Program has been called since Oct. 1, 2008 — from using their electronic benefits transfer card from buying soft drinks with sugar .
The average American who reads that will say “Food Stamp recipients can buy Pepsi with my money?”
And the answer is of course, you silly person. Not only Pepsi and Coke and Gatorade but cocktail mixes, artificial sweetener, warm bread from the bakery, hoagies from the deli and stuffed olives from the salad bar.
Peterson suggestion is motivated more by concern about America’s poor being too fat — what a country as Yakov Smirnoff might say — than a desire to encourage them to find jobs, but I’ll walk this path with him.
And if he really wants to help the poor stay healthy I’ll prod him to quicken his pace. How about we restrict purchases via SNAP to milk, butter, eggs, cooking oils, fresh fruit and veggies, bulk grains and beans, and locally produced honey. Note, I’m saying fresh fruit and veggies not canned or frozen. This will help keep them from getting into a rut.
I’m including honey because deep down inside I’m a bit of a bleeding heart and I feel that this will give the SNAP participants a chance to play-pretend they are on the Food Network’s Chopped show.
And why do I have this strange feeling that most SNAP participants have access to cable television?
I’m leaving off meat because I’m hoping to get PETA to sign on.
SNAP cost taxpayers about $58 billion per year.