New York officials are trying to say that if one uses food stamps he/she shouldn't be able to buy sodas or sugary foods. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Statistics tell us that 41.8 people in this country are on food stamps. That's a lot of people. Is the government going to tell all of them, what they can or cannot eat?
1. Do most people really WANT to be on food stamps?
2. Probably not, for the most part.
3. There are those who are " takers" who don't really mind to sponge off others....but, I think most people would rather not be dependent on the government for hand outs.
4. On the one hand...if a person accepts food stamps, should they have to adhere to what the gov't tells them to eat or drink?
5. Or is that too controlling?
6. Who believes that the gov't should become the food police?
7. Today it is soda, next month might it be cookie mix? or anything that has food dye in it?
8. When does it stop?
9. Shouldn't people be able to make their own decisions?
10. Some people will make poor decisions and spend it on junk. They will have to live with the consequences.
11. Some people will choose wisely, and their health will benefit.
12. But the decision is theirs to make.
13. I mean don't we all have to make decisions that are best for us individually?
14. I'm going to be watching this story...
15. To see who wins this battle...personal freedom? or government control?
- Should Food Stamps Buy Soda? (uspoverty.change.org)
- Bloomberg: No Food Stamps for Sodas (theroot.com)
- Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson Ask USDA Stop Soda Purchases With Food Stamps (shoppingblog.com)
- Bloomberg Says Soda Shouldn't Be Purchased With Food Stamps (blogs.wsj.com)
- NY Seeks to Ban Sugary Drinks From Food Stamp Buys (abcnews.go.com)
- Food Stamps (socyberty.com)
- "NY to Ban Food Stamps Used on Sugary Drinks?" and related posts (liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Should food-stamp recipients be banned from buying soda? (seattlepi.com)
- NYT: Food stamps for soda? NYC seeks ban (msnbc.msn.com)