Most conservatives will agree that government handouts are a mistake.
While on paper they sound good: programs that provide money or food for the less fortunate, so that they can support themselves while looking for work. Unfortunately, it doesn’t turn out that way.
Programs like Welfare and food stamps become a road block for people seeking independence. It infantilizes large portions of our citizens, making them dependent on the government, instead of creating opportunities for work and inspiring Americans to succeed.
Not to mention creating a huge tax burden on working Americans.
Now we are learning that not only does the food stamp program hurt our citizens economically, it’s hurting them physically.
From NY Times:
The United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps.
The findings show that the No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks, which accounted for 5 percent of the dollars they spent on food. The category of ‘sweetened beverages,’ which includes fruit juices, energy drinks and sweetened teas, accounted for almost 10 percent of the dollars they spent on food. “In this sense, SNAP is a multi-billion-dollar taxpayer subsidy of the soda industry,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “It’s pretty shocking.”
That’s right, your tax dollars are going to help Americans buy the worst foods available. It’s helping them put on weight, get diabetes, and shorten their life expectancy. Not only that, it’s helping keep the soda industry alive and well.
You can debate whether using food stamps is directly related to buying what the study called “sweetened beverages, desserts, salty snacks, candy and sugar.” Aka: junk food. But people who use food stamps are more likely to waste this money on bad food, than people who had to work to put food on the table. If you knew every dollar you spent came from your own efforts, perhaps you’d make better choices.
But if the money was just handed to you… maybe you’d respect it and your body less.
Politicians and medical groups have tried to reform the food stamp program to prevent the purchase of junk food, but wouldn’t you know, lobbyists have fought against it. Once again special interests are leading the way to the destruction of American citizens.
This is just another example of how liberal programs only hurt Americans. President Trump needs to reform the food stamp program, encouraging people to make smarter food choices with government dollars. Otherwise SNAP will only continue to be abused and health care costs will skyrocket even more.