Why should a governor need the permission of the president to do that?
The federal government is a creation of the 50 states but somehow along the way, the tail began wagging the dog.
Indeed, President Obama would not allow states to ban potato chips and other junk food. So much for it being about food or nutrition.
The 50 states, territories and the capital administer the food stamp program.
It's time to let them run it.
From the Washington Examiner:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is asking President-elect Donald Trump to give his state the authority to drug test certain food stamp recipients.
Walker, a Republican who ran for president against Trump, made other requests to the president-elect, which would allow more state authority over federal policies.
"Too often, states have become mere administrative provinces of an all-powerful federal government in Washington," Walker said in a statement announcing his letter to Trump. "Now is the time to reverse that trend. These requests are the first of many my administration will make as Wisconsin leads the effort to restore balance between state and federal government."
Walker has long supported drug testing food stamp recipients, a policy he and Republican lawmakers approved in 2015 that has since been blocked by a federal court. Federal law does not allow states to impose drug tests on recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, better known as food stamps.
"We have been forced to delay our implementation and are optimistic your administration will give states like Wisconsin the flexibility to provide the accountability the taxpayers demand," Walker said in his letter.Banning snack foods and deducting free school lunches and breakfasts from the monthly allotment would also reduce childhood obesity, which is worse among food stamp recipients than other income groups.
Walker was my first choice for president this time. Obviously, I was wrong. Hillary would have chewed him like a dog's chew toy. But he remains a very good governor. I trust he runs and defeats Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race in 2018. His lieutenant governor, though, may run.
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