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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wisconsin to require food stamps be used on real food

The most obese group in America are  the people on food stamps. Despite its official name as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an overwhelming number of recipients use the money to buy expensive junk food. Wisconsin just passed legislation to require food stamp recipients two use at least two-thirds of this welfare handout on buying real food -- not potato chips and the like.

“A lot of people, an awful lot of people who are on FoodShare [food stamps] are also on BadgerCare [Medicare], so there is a direct financial benefit not just to the individual, which of course is obvious to have better health, but also to state taxpayers and society as a whole,” Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) told the Associated Press.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel went bonkers in "reporting" this story.
From the newspaper:
 A GOP plan to limit how food stamps can be used to encourage people to eat more healthy options would cost millions of dollars — a hit to taxpayers that will make it tougher to pass the measure.
Details on the cost of the proposal were released Wednesday, the same day lawmakers learned they would not draw any more money over the next two years than earlier projections had shown. Republicans who control the Legislature were hoping for additional money to flow into the state so they could bring down cuts GOP Gov. Scott Walker has proposed for public schools and the University of Wisconsin System.
With no new money available, Republicans would have to eventually cut other programs or raise taxes to pay for their bill.
The bill would bar people from buying crab, lobster or other shellfish using food stamps and would require that two-thirds of their food stamp allocation go toward beef, pork, poultry, produce, potatoes, dairy products or food available under the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.
No attribution.


This is advocacy journalism.



  1. Big Ag and the supermarkets are really behind the opposition to this.

    1. Great name. I'm a big fan of the general.

  2. T says:

    So let's see if w understand this:

    Michelle Obama demands that govt money for school lunches only provide nutritious junk-food-free lunches -- that's great! Republicans demand that govt food stamp money be junk-food-free and only be used for nutritious food -- how dare they!

    As Don notes: Advocacy Journalism (actually just advocacy, not journalism at all).

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  4. I believe that BadgerCare is mediCAID, not medicare.

  5. Forget school lunches. The Slavers tell ME what I can eat. I work, I earn, I pay, they act like they own me. (They think they do. It's an old tradition among Democrats. I've got news for them)

    They steal my money, give it to their client n'erdowells and all of the sudden, it's their client n'erdowells' inalienable RIGHT to blow it on blow. Why? Because when their client n'erdowells run out of money, they think it justifies them stealing even more.