Zero-Sum Game: Food

September 24, 2010 at 9:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Tags: , , , , ,

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.


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. `-. I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives great information ;”`


  2. -:; that seems to be a great topic, i really love it ‘;.


  3. Hello! This is my first comment in this article thus i just wanted to present a simple shout out and tell you I actually love reading through your content. Can you recommend any other blogs


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: