When Gwyneth Paltrow tried to “eat healthy” on the whopping $29 a week a SNAP recipient gets, she lasted all of four days. The problem wasn’t that you can’t eat on $29 a week, it’s that you can’t eat real food.
Paltrow tried to get by on this:
When the only way to survive on that money is this:
Food stamp recipients are often reduced to pre-packaged Ramen noodles, mac and cheese and Beefaroni. Buying fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and healthy snacks is just not plausible.
In a growing national trend in compliance with the Republican war on the poor, Wisconsin is planning to join the growing number of states looking to regulate what food stamp recipients can and can’t purchase.
Being touted by GOP poor shamers as “the Junk Food Bill,” Wisconsin SNAP recipients would be required to spend at least 2/3rds of their allotment on fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and healthy snacks — all of the things you can’t possibly purchase with your food stamp allotment.
Adding insult to injury, the bill also prohibits the purchase of crab and lobster, because $12 per pound shellfish is obviously a staple of the eating habits of the poor.
There are some challenges ahead for the bill, though. The software to track purchases is ridiculously expensive, and a coalition of Wisconsin businesses says that it will negatively impact Wisconsin-based foods.
The real negative impact would be on the hungry people who haven’t yet recovered from almost a decade of failed GOP policies, a crashed economy and decimated housing market. As the economy slowly recovers, the issue of income inequality grows more and more pressing, and the working poor pay the price.
Hopefully the common sense fairy will drop by the Wisconsin legislature — where Speaker Robin Vos said, “with government assistance comes responsibility” — and show these numbskulls how compassion and human decency work.
Next they’ll move on to the “mandatory drug testing” fail.
Oh, wait, they already have.
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