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Nor a pre-made birthday cake, and quite possibly any baked goods except for Wonder bread.

Strange how on one hand the Rethugs say they are against big Government, but given half a chance to put thumbscrews on the poor and disadvantaged, well, Game On!

Check this out:

Legislation that would prevent people from using electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards or benefits from Florida’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for non-nutritional items such as candy, cakes or other foods with sugar or corn syrup passed through a House committee Monday

The bill ostensibly was to ban use of electronic food stamp and benefit cards from being used at casinos, internet cafes and stores with liquor licences but the leadership wanted to go a step further...

When some Republican members of the committee voiced objection, the leadership layed out its intention:

Plakon defended the proposal as a way to prevent waste and make sure taxpayer funds were being spent appropriately.

"These are taxpayer dollars," Plakon said. "It's already in the law that we put restrictions on the use of food stamps. We’re already infringing on their rights as you would put it . . . we’re just talking about how big that list is."

Democrats on the committee offered amendments that helped prove the ridiculousness of the effort by Plakon:

Rep. Mark Pafford (D West Palm Beach) tried to sweeten the bill with a “cupcake amendment” that would have allowed food stamp users to purchase cakes or cupcakes for birthdays.

“It’s just an exception for a child to celebrate a birthday by having a cake or a cupcake,” Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, explained.

But Plakon wouldn’t swallow.

After lively debate, the original measure passed the committee by an 8-6 vote, with the Republican members being satisfied that the offending parts of the bill would be revisited before a floor vote.  This entire episode illustrates the GOP circus that is in session right now, with super-majorities controlling both chambers.  

The good news is, the birthday boys and girls whose families are struggling will likely be able to get their cake......

Chances are it won’t matter whether the lawmakers approve the ban on junk food or not.

The feds would have to sign off on a waiver to impose the restrictions. Several states have applied for the waiver but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has denied them all.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain

    by route66 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 06:50:00 AM PST

  •  There's a joy in an occasional treat... (5+ / 0-)

    for a young child.

    Of course the Rethugs are all about hard work, misery and austerity... for the poor.

    Yes suh!  Serf's UP!


    One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass.

    by detroitmechworks on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 06:54:13 AM PST

  •  Thanks be to the Department of Agriculture. (4+ / 0-)
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    route66, Alexandra Lynch, Vetwife, Kiterea

    Glad they deny it all.

    I write the series Confessions of a Retail Worker here on DK. It documents my life in a non-unionized workplace.

    by Lightbulb on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 07:27:49 AM PST

  •  Please sir, can I have some more. (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Alexandra Lynch

    They didn't ban gruel, did they?

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 07:48:33 AM PST

  •  Bloomberg tried it. (0+ / 0-)
    •  it is more than that and I plan on attacking from (3+ / 0-)
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      here.  These idiots know ver y little about Juvenile Diabetes.  Hypoglycemia and low blood sugar is real.
      Icing is a quick fix especially when there is no quick shot to elevate the blood sugar.  Now....If they want to eliminate sweets they just put the juvenile diabetic in danger.  Carbs have to be balanced and if one eliminates suagr then you have to eliminate fruit. ( I am all for eliminating the fruit and nuts in the legislature of Florida.)  Foods break down to sugar.  This would eliminate so very much like sugar, cake mixes, and almost every processed food with sugar.  You cannot single out a cupcake or a sweet.  CEREAL is considered candy according to the facts from the Fda.
      Please post names and addys or send to my email...There is about to be a fight.  I am very familiar with Juvenile diabetes.  They do have a fight.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 08:35:29 AM PST

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      •  My letter to the nutcase..just sent (3+ / 0-)
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        Dear Republican Congressman Plakon,

           You sir are about as educated on nutrition as a swamp rat in the bayou.  Sir, first of all allow me to say that I am not
        on food stamps.  I am however concerned with the health and well being of every man, woman and child suffering from juvenile
        diabetes or some other pancreatic disorder should your ridiculous bill pass.  Casinos are not food and food consists of many things, including
        a very important factor found in things like..ICING,  Icing is the number 1 use to elevate blood sugar levels until an ambulance arrives when blood sugars
        drop.  Counting carbohydrates alone does not maintain the balance of insulin that is not produced and artificially maintained with diet and
        NPH along with long term insulin therapy. including the insulin pump.  No matter how hard anyone tries to maintain a blood sugar level within normal
        range, it is not always a doable thing. Blood sugars do tend to drop after exercise or simply drop from anxiety.  Diabetic seizures normally follow if the
        blood sugar is not elevated quickly.  There are emergency shots but are used as a last resort.  Icing on the tongue and lips is a very quick way to
        elevate and pull the patient out of danger.  We have another issue that is not sensible in your bill.   Fruits, potatoes, and almost all processed foods
        break down to sugar.  Pure sugar which enters the body of the diabetic or person in the hypoglycemic state. If you were told sweets caused diabetes, you were indeed misinformed.   Orange juice also is not the fastest way to
        elevate blood sugar levels.   When people are first diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, the parents are already stressed and children tend to drop in levels
        calling upon emergency paramedics as many times as 3 times a year.  Sometimes more.  The insulin levels given in shot or pump form have to be adjusted
        almost daily.  The problem comes from a drop in blood sugar levels after the insulin shot is taken either before or after meals and sometimes 3 to 4 times a day.

        I want to ask you.  Do you people actually study cause and effect before you sling paper at the general public and play political games?  Are you aware that
        some cereals have so much sugar added that they are deemed by the FDA as candy?  Did you ever notice the little kid in the lunchroom with the chocolate
        milk or extra cookie on the plate?  In the 50's chocolate milk was unheard of but I remember a child who always had  the chocolate milk and it was an offset
        to her diet with extra sugar due to the insulin shot she had just taken.  I am sending this letter to as many newspapers that will carry it.  I also intend
        to make public during re election time of your careless proposals regarding Florida's children and others dependent on The Snap program who suffer from
        disabilities.  I would highly suggest that you take a course at Shards Hospital regarding this information as I know Eagleton's Children Hospital requires
        all parents and guardians of newly diagnosed diabetic children attend a week long seminar on sugar, blood sugar, and the balance of fruits, candies and
        other required nutrients which include a cupcake.  

        You would have to ban almost all food to work your bill which as I said in the beginning makes as much sense as a swamp rat planning nutrition in the bayou.
        Please sir, I am not even a nurse, just an informed parent of a diabetic child who is now grown , but educated through well known Endrocology Speciliasts.
        This bill looks foolish, feels mean spirited and is mere political posturing for a guaranteed embarrassment to the State of Florida.

        I am providing you with much needed information that as a legislator of such important legislation, you should already be up to speed on but I doubt that
        you consulted with any nutrient specialist regarding glucose and insulin reaction that every diabetic and their family is familiar with.

        If you read this you will find Icing is  recommended by the Dept of Health.

        (pic of cupcake) recommended by Diabetic Association..

        If the people of Florida have to educate you regarding the facts on nutrition and what is considered nutrients for special needs, why do we need people
        like you taking space in the Chamber of the State House?

        Amanda Kato
        Concerned parent and taxpayer
        State of Florida

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        by Vetwife on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 10:35:42 AM PST

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  •  Ban *anything* with sugar or corn syrup? (8+ / 0-)
    other foods with sugar or corn syrup
    Soup? Spaghetti sauce? The famous vegetable, ketchup? Bread? Applesauce?

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 09:12:51 AM PST

    •  Yeah, that's what I was thinking. (5+ / 0-)

      as someone with reactive hypoglycemia and a sensitivity to fructose, "all processed foods"?

      I cannot safely buy and eat any commercial desserts (unless made with "No sugar added"), spaghetti sauce, packaged dinners, most packaged commercial sauces like ketchup and barbecue sauce, most commercial marinades, and most premade breads. No wonder I personally dealt with it by learning to cook. Otherwise I get nauseous, flushed, and get a migraine and have negative personality changes.

      That said, I am on food stamps, and I usually pick my husband up a large package of inexpensive cookies. He has three or four as he chooses and it generally lasts out the month, and he feels less imprisoned by the strictness of the diet that living within the food stamps puts on us.

      When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

      by Alexandra Lynch on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 09:21:14 AM PST

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  •  I don't understand...where do they plan to get (3+ / 0-)
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    anything at a supermarket except

    other foods with sugar or corn syrup
    these days? Spaghetti sauce, ketchup, crackers, you name it, there's sweetener in almost everything but the produce and the meat.  Back when the WHO was trying to cut back on the daily recommended allotment of sugar, they were told by the Sugar Lobby, for the benefit of processed food producers, that Senators who voted to fund the WHO would be squeezed.

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