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  •  SNAP + Farm subsidies = Bipartisan support (0+ / 0-)

    At least that's how it was up until last year. Combining food stamps with farm subsidies was a way to ensure that representatives from both urban and rural areas would be motivated to pass a bill.

    As for buying Ding Dongs with SNAP funds, that is a very complex issue. Ding Dongs and other junk foods might be void of nutrition, but they are extremely cheap sources of calories. If you're going to restrict SNAP, you have to address the price discrepancy between a bag of chips and a bag of apples.

    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      Cheap source of calories, but as you said, void of nutrition. I bare no malice toward those on SNAP, but I think the long term effects of children who've gorged junk food all their lives speak for themselves. Child obesity, diabetes, etc.. If we can't rely on parents to purchase healthy food, I think we need to restrict what they can buy, in my opinion.

      •  For a SNAP recipient, cost trumps health (1+ / 0-)
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        You're right that eating all that junk is unhealthy and leads to long-term problems. You'll get no argument from me there. You won't find any cheap junk food in my house. Then again, I can afford to buy the good stuff. However, if you're living in poverty and relying on limited SNAP benefits to feed your family, then you're going to pick the 25 cent bottle of flavored corn syrup over the $2 bottle of real orange juice. If the government is going to force you to buy the healthier, more expensive product, then they should increase the benefits to make up for it.

        And we haven't even gotten into the question of how the government is going to define what's on the list of approved foods. Or how to deal with SNAP recipients who have limited access to quality supermarkets and have to buy inferior products from local convenience stores.

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