Zero-Sum Game: Food

September 24, 2010 at 9:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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All told, we are in a pretty strange situation. Across the country, it seems, people in financial trouble are preparing to elect candidates who want to cut government budgets, thus moving those same supporters into even worse financial situations. Consider, for example, what would have happened if Republicans had succeeded, back in the Dub-ya years, of privatizing Social Security, thus subjecting it to the recent economic downturn. Lots of us would have had to move in with our kids. Well, Republican and Tea-Party candidates are proposing it again.

And now we have food. There’s a bill moving through Congress to increase nutrition for children. Supported by Michele Obama, the bill will make a historic investment in school meal programs,” according to yesterday’s New York Times, by authorizing the Secretary of Agriculture to “establish nutrition standards for foods sold in schools during the school day, including vending machine items. And it would require schools to serve more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.”  A no-brainer, right?

Problem is, the bill pays for part of the program by cutting future food stamp benefits. And, as the Times reports, “currently 41 million people receive food stamps, nearly half of them children. The number of recipients has increased 51 percent since the recession began in December 2007.”

And the average daily benefit is $4.41. Try eating on that for a day or two. Or just call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and tell your Representative to take the money out of the war budget.

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