Michelle Obama’s solution would work — for food stamps, not school lunches

Please use this example every time the subject of food stamps or school lunches comes up.

Via Should Michelle’s Healthy School Food Standards Apply to Food Stamps?

These people think Michelle’s school lunch program is a great idea, until you apply the principles to food stamps.  But aside from the classic Leftist hypocrisy of forcing this poorly thought out solution on citizens other than themselves, it is actually a sound idea — directionally, at least — for food stamps.

The current situation under the Food Stamp President is a worst-case scenario: Tens of billions of dollars of fraud and thoroughly unhealthy food choices that cause medical problems.

The solution to the food stamp situation is simple: No more EBT cards that can be traded for cash (and then alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, Cheetos*, etc.).  Require that people come to a central area to pick up their food.  Ensure that the food is only food (duh, right?!) and relatively healthy food at that — fruits, vegetables, dairy, bread, oatmeal, pasta etc.  There would be a reasonable exception process for those who can’t get the food themselves.

99% of the rampant fraud would disappear overnight, paying for the increased cost of serving better food (e.g., fruits and vegetables) and having plenty of money left over.  Also, by making it more difficult to get the food — but not unreasonably so — you’d eliminate those who just take the EBT cards because it is so easy to do.

For the Leftist “Christians” who would scream bloody murder, remind them of what the Bible says:

Leviticus 19:10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

So for once I sort-of agree with Michelle Obama.  The twist is that I’m not forcing anyone to either eat this food or eat nothing else.  I’m simply saying that if you truly need food, we will provide it.  But it will be healthier food and the chances of fraud will be drastically reduced.

If you really love your neighbor, you will only help them when they — and their families — can’t help themselves.  You won’t indulge them with things that will harm them, and you won’t steal from your neighbors to redistribute to frauds just because it makes you feel “generous.”  It isn’t charity when you give out of your neighbor’s pocket, with Caesar as the middleman.

*I’m not hating on Cheetos.  They are actually my go-to bi-monthly indulgence.  Mmmmmm . . . Cheetos . . . My point is that there is no place in this universe where you are obligated to pay for your neighbor’s “food” that will make his fingers turn a glowing orange color.

2 thoughts on “Michelle Obama’s solution would work — for food stamps, not school lunches”

  1. People act like it would be more expensive to buy healthy food. If you’re talking about all organic, that’s true. But in general, normal healthy foods are cheaper than unhealthy, processed junk foods. It’s far cheaper to buy a month’s worth of chicken and rice and frozen vegetables and cheese and peanut butter and things like that that you can make real food dinners from than to buy a month’s worth of tv dinners, frozen pizzas, potato chips, and prepackaged snacks. People don’t need more money in order to buy healthy food. It would actually be cheaper to make food stamps only include real food, and not junk food.

    I worked as a grocery store cashier for a couple years and I could pick out the EBT users every time. Many of them had a cart full of tv dinners, chips, ice cream, crackers, and other items that required little or no cooking and had little or no nutrition. Very rarely did they buy raw meats, rice, beans, or fresh vegetables, even though they’re cheaper and healthier. Not only did they buy mostly unhealthy stuff, but they would pay for the food with EBT cards and then pull out a wad of cash to pay for their cigarettes and beer. That’s not even counting the rampant fraud and the way we pay women to have more babies out of wedlock by giving her more food stamps for every kid.


    1. That is so discouraging – but not surprising – to hear. And you are right – healthy foods can be cheaper. Oatmeal is just one example. Super cheap and very nutritious and filling.


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