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Tuesday, December 21 2010

I have been giving some more thought to the First Lady's nutritional crusade to decrease diabetes and obesity. I think that conservatives should inundate the White House with letters of support and recommendations to further extend her crusade.


You read that right. We should get behind her on this one. I know of no better way to diminish public support for these outrageous attempts to run our lives than for it to have a direct impact on those receiving the benefits.


Here is what I mean: No longer do American citizens sign up for and receive "Food Stamps." Instead, they are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). They receive a card that is loaded with the cash amount of their benefits. Now they look like anyone else using a credit or debit card to pay for their purchases. Less stigma and all that.


The key word in the acronym is "Nutrition." Indeed, the USDA website declares:

We help put healthy food on the table for over 40 million people each month.

However, my observation of purchases at a local convenience store made by customers using SNAP cards leaves me wondering about the "nutrition" part of it. The card is used to pay for a lot of packs of soft drinks and packaged snack foods. I can't help but think what a disappointment this must be for our First Lady.


It should therefore be our duty to make sure that she is completely aware of this sad state of affairs. Then, we should recommend that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program actually be used to provide the "healthy food" touted by the USDA. I suggest that the card be used to purchase only fruits and vegetables. No more soft drinks, prepared packaged foods, snacks, and other such junk food. This is, after all, a war to end the childhood and adult obesity and diabetes epidemic.


What will my suggestion accomplish? One of two results: (1) If the First Lady and her government refuse to address this issue, then they are exposed as frauds; or, (2) If the First Lady and her government do respond and propose to limit the use of SNAP to only nutritional foods, then those receiving this taxpayer largesse will begin to personally experience the price tag that their dependency on government carries. Either way, more light is shined onto this government's assaults on the liberties of American citizens.

Posted by: TheOldSalt AT 05:35 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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