Even though we are 18 trillion in debt, the moment a politician mentions the idea of restricting food stamps, liberals go nuts. Food stamps were once a wonderful concept meant to help people who were briefly down on their luck. They were meant to be a crutch while the person finds another job. People used to be ashamed to have to use taxpayer money to take care of their families. Nowadays, they DEMAND it. They feel that it isn’t taxpayer money, it is THEIR money and they should be able to buy whatever they would like with it. A Missouri Republican, however, is trying to change that.
Rick Brattin has sponsored legislation ( House Bill Â 813) that would ban using taxpayer dollars to buy “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.” The current system allows the funds to spent on anything with a nutrition label.
The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original intent, which is nutrition assistance,” said Brattin
Brattin admits that the language mightÂ need some tweaking. “My intention wasn’t to get rid of canned tuna and fish sticks,” he said. But he alsoÂ insists that people are abusing the system by purchasing luxury foods, and believesÂ that that must be stopped, even if it ends up requiring the inclusion of other less luxurious items.
“I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs with their EBT cards,” he said. “When I can’t afford it on my pay, I don’t want people on the taxpayer’s dime to afford those kinds of foods either.”
Obesity and related ailments like diabetes are now most common in poor communities, and are among the most serious â€” and expensive to taxpayers â€” health challenges. That means taxpayers are paying once to buy soda for the poor, and paying again for the health problems that result.
There isn’t a person out there who hasn’t seen the customer in front of them at a grocery store pay for expensive items and junk food with their EBT card. Food assistance programs were never meant for this type of abuse.
Outraged liberals are already losing their minds over the legislation, claiming that the bill is pointless because food stamps recipients do not buy luxury items. Well, if that is true, I guess food stamp recipients have nothing to worry about then, right?. Everybody wins.