A republican state senator has decided to fight back against the state’s enormous number of welfare recipient leeches by introducing a bill that would ban them from using taxpayer money to buy themselves lobster, steak, and candy bars.
Republican Sen. Patty Ritchie is citing health reasons for producing this bill.
The bill’s memo reads: “At a time when our state and nation are struggling with an obesity epidemic, it is critically important that taxpayer-funded programs help low-income consumers make wise and healthy food choices.”
Of course, many hardworking Americans who don’t use food stamp benefits often cannot afford to buy themselves luxuries like steak and lobster. Yet, food stamp recipients are allowed to go to supermarkets and buy whatever brand name food they want.
One key problem in making sure the proposed legislation will have the intended effect is that across the United States, ‘junk food’ is typically more accessible — and often cheaper — than nutritious alternatives. But the federal government is starting to take a hard look at this phenomenon and is beginning to act on it.The Obama administration released an announcement during the week of Feb. 14 which will compel certain stores to carry healthier food options if they want to continue to be able to accept SNAP benefits, according to the Post. Convenience store owners have lobbied against the proposal and have argued that people with low incomes will suffer if stores are kicked off the SNAP program for failing to stock healthy food.
The SNAP program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which disputes convenience store owners’ complaints.
“If you’re receiving billions of dollars as an industry in taxpayer funds, it’s only just that there is an expectation that there is an adequate supply of a variety of foods, period,” said Kevin Concannon of the USDA during an interview with Politico.