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    security network sytem in Germany aside from the first years in WWII and after, as far as I know or remember. The difference is that people were allowed certain amounts of certain kind of food item, like rice, butter, oil, bread, coffee etc., they were not entitled to an amount of cash money free to spend on any food items they could choose.

    The US food stamp program would avoid all the trouble of people getting way too little money to buy way too few food items that are nourishing.

    If a family would not get money (or at least only a small part of it would be in cash) but certain food they can't choose themselves, there wouldn't be the issue of unhealthy processed food items.

    I imagine that most women, who are underemployed and underpaid, work so much that nobody would even have time to cook something from scratch. If these families had to live on oatmeal, rice, potatoes, oil, peanutbutter, tomato puree, butter, bread, beans. milk and sugar etc. all items one would have to cook and prepare into a meal from scratch, obesity wouldn't be a problem and most probably kids would be less hungry.

    The problem is too that unprocessed basic food items are too expensive. Potatoes, rice and bread and milk are not cheap anymore.

    And then families barely can pay their electricity bills either. There are "foodbanks" that have a lottery system in which a lucky winner gets help for paying his utility bills, so that they can cook something and not getting cut off.

    German TV made a story about those lotteries and it caused a strong response among the viewers in
    Germany offering to help pay people pay their electricity bills in the US. How disturbing is that?  

    It's a darn shame.

    "What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so." --Mark Twain

    by mimi on Thu May 06, 2010 at 07:01:17 PM PDT

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