“Feeding trash cans is not what’s best for kids.” – Leah Schmidt, President, School Nutrition Association
“In response to the low calorie school lunch plan put in place by the First Lady, a video of children singing “We Are Hungry” has surfaced on YouTube.” – Medical News Today
The modern Democratic Party is a party of ideas — most of which have been recycled from places like Cuba or China or the old Soviet Union. A Democratic domestic policy always contains at least three components: a ban on what they don’t like (i.e. guns and tobacco), a subsidy for what they do (abortion), and a hefty new tax (Obamacare) that forces the rest of us to pay for it all.
Mrs. Barack Obama, whose contribution to her husband’s destructive March To The C consists of fighting everyone’s fat but her own, has thus far focused on America’s defenseless school children in her campaign against triglycerides and teenage cellulite. That may be about to change. With her totalitarian school lunch program under fire from both what the Mooch infers is a monied permutation of Hillary Clinton’s “vast right-wing conspiracy” and the hapless kiddies being force-fed arugula and bean sprouts (not to exceed 850 calories per diem), Mrs. Big Red One is turning her sights on another captive dependency: welfare recipients. As the PJ Tatler explains:
You’ve got to be kidding me. FLOTUS wants to turn grocery stores into little food police states.
While the feds’ plan deals mostly with the 47 million Americans who participate in the government’s food stamp program, it would indirectly affect all consumers. According to FreeBeacon.com, the federal busybodies want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.
The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer” … In case that’s not creepy enough, the feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.
Those of us who have experienced check-out lines crowded with porcine citizens whose shopping carts brim with angus beef and potato chips, whose fists are filled with enough food stamps to pay for an entire cow, those of us who have experienced such an ungodly sight might relish, if you’ll pardon the expression, a government intervention, but talking gurneys are not quite what we had in mind.
While the feds could easily ensure healthier purchases for food stamp participants by clamping down on which products are available to them, the government busybodies want consumers to think they’re making these choices all by themselves. They’re not going to do that. That would be racist or something.
Since the feds have thus far done nothing to prevent welfare recipients from using their EBT cards in “casinos, strip clubs, liquor stores, massage parlors, medical marijuana dispensaries, bars and even cruise ships” (See Free ObamaDollars: The EBT Card for Cigarettes and Alcohol), usages the prohibition of which liberals consider “discriminatory,” it’s doubtful that a wheeled supermarket harpie dispensing health tips at $30 grand a pop is going to find much success.