As the Senate debates the farm and food bill, there is a rare window of opportunity for Mrs. Obama to turn her campaign’s comprehensive nutrition guidelines into a new standard for food stamp benefits. Of course, one look at Disney’s four-page nutrition guideline criteria demonstrates the unworkable nature of aligning the First Lady’s nutritional goals with a massive federal program.
Instead, I would suggest a more modest approach: rather than outline a complex food pyramid and restrict individual food items, the First Lady and lawmakers could simply target the most absurd food categories currently considered eligible.
Remember, cookies, cakes, pastries and salty food in school vending machines were an early target for the First Lady. She claimed, “There is no reason why we can't have water, healthy juice drinks in vending machines, granola bars, trail mix, whole-grain sandwiches.”
Earlier this year, the infamous Ezekiel Emanuel lauded the First Lady’s campaign, which “has already begun to change the way the food sector — producers, restaurants and grocery stores — approaches its youngest customers.” If you buy into Mrs. Obama’s logic that access to foods with “empty calories” like soda undermines the administration’s effort to “enhance the health of the school environment," there is “no reason” that such restrictions should not be placed on food stamp beneficiaries. It is time she – and her husband – paid similar attention to those purchasing food at the expense of their fellow citizens.
According to a Bush-era document, more than one-quarter of all benefits go toward food items not considered “basic.” If that ratio holds true today, taxpayers are spending more than $20 billion a year so food stamp recipients can buy non-basics like soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers and ice cream.
Like most federal programs, SNAP is in dire need of sweeping reforms; however, the types of reforms necessary are unlikely to survive Harry Reid’s Senate or President Obama’s veto pen. In the interim, though, Congress could cut the fat from SNAP. After all, the “physical and emotional health of an entire generation is at stake.”
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