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NY Wants To Ban Food Stamps For Sodas

From the nannies at the New York Times:

New York Asks to Bar Use of Food Stamps to Buy Sodas

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS [sic]
October 6, 2010

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought federal permission on Wednesday to bar New York City’s 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks

Think of this as just a preview of what life will be like once we have full bore Obama-care.

The mayor requested a ban for two years to study whether it would have a positive impact on health and whether a permanent ban would be merited.

“In spite of the great gains we’ve made over the past eight years in making our communities healthier, there are still two areas where we’re losing ground — obesity and diabetes,” the mayor said in a statement. “This initiative will give New York families more money to spend on foods and drinks that provide real nourishment.”

And more money for trips to Hawaii and Vegas.

New York State, which administers food stamps locally, signed on to the request, which was received by the Agriculture Department on Wednesday evening.

“We appreciate the state’s interest,” a spokesman, Justin DeJong, said. “We will review and carefully consider the state’s proposal.”

In 2004, the Agriculture Department denied a request by Minnesota to prevent food-stamp recipients from buying junk food. The department said that the plan, which focused on candy and soda, among other foods, was based on questionable merits and would “perpetuate the myth” that food-stamp users made poor shopping decisions

So it would seem to us that the Agriculture Department would call Mr. Bloomberg and New York state ‘racists’ as well.

City statistics released last month showed that nearly 40 percent of public-school children in kindergarten through eighth grade were overweight or obese, and that obesity rates were substantially higher in poor neighborhoods. City studies show that consumption of sugared beverages is consistently higher in those neighborhoods

In other words, ‘poor people’ are fatter than everyone else. So we need to blame sugar.

The ban would affect beverages with more than 10 calories per 8 ounces, and would exclude fruit juices without added sugar, milk products and milk substitutes

You see, "sugar" from fruit juice is good. But from anything else is bad.

A 12-ounce soda has 150 calories and the equivalent of 10 packets of sugar, according to the health department. City health officials say that drinking 12 ounces of soda a day can make a person gain 15 pounds a year

Does anyone believe either of these claims? And yet these same health department officials are setting public policy. They will soon be telling everyone what we can and cannot eat.

Told of Mr. Bloomberg’s request on Wednesday, one food-stamp user, Marangeley Reyes, 24, of Harlem, said the mayor should not dictate what foods she bought. Ms. Reyes had just emerged from a Shop Fair supermarket on Lenox Avenue with a 20-ounce bottle of Orange Crush — she drinks at least one a day. But after giving it some more thought, she said, “I probably shouldn’t be drinking so much soda.”

Another life saved by the New York Times.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “NY Wants To Ban Food Stamps For Sodas”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    I’m fine with this. And since carbon is also bad, we should ban food stamp purchases of any organic, carbon based item as well as anything that contains sugar at all.

  2. Melly says:

    Obama/Bloomberg 2012????????

    Guess the two bonded during that golf outing.

  3. oldpuppydixie says:

    Prepare to be blood/urine tested for excessive sugar intake, nicotine and other evil substances soon to be positively VERBOTEN in Hussein’s new world. Smoke and medical care will be denied you!

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    These are also the same people who made physical ed or “gym class” as I used to call it, non-mandatory in schools. So little Johnny can eat all the crap he wants from the school vending machines and then sit on his arse and let it give him 15 extra pounds. Perish the thought that he might be embarrassed looking like a fat, useless rube in gym class, thus permanently damaging his self-esteem. It’s better he be fat and feel good about himself.

    Laws of unintended consequences….just add government.

  5. Curmudgeon says:

    I’m fine with food stamps only covering basic foodstuffs. Soda, candy, cigarettes, gambling, and trips are not staples and should not be paid for by public monies.
    A soda was a big treat when I was a kid, as was candy and gum, and I’m not looking back with nostalgia to the 50’s like my Dad does. I grew up the same way.

  6. Mae says:

    Since I don’t believe food stamps should be used for anything except basics, this isn’t a problem except we know Bloomberg, the mayor-for-life of Noo Yawk, wishes only to control people from eating or drinking sugar products. The Big Apple deserves this jerk.

  7. CIV says:

    You see, “sugar” from fruit juice is good. But from anything else is bad.

    Hold on there, I thought that FRUTCOSE was bad for you. You know, they’re banning High Frutcose Corn Sugar even though it has fruit (sugar from fruit!) and vegetable (corn!) right in the name.

    Geez, it must be hard to decide what to eat if you want to be a good liberal.

  8. The local paper just hammered me with a trumped up article on this subject.

    I am running for a local seat. The paper wanted something that showed my “extremism” I guess.

    They called me asking about “bridge cards,” Michigan’s food stamp tool. At first I didn’t even know what they were talking about. (off my radar)

    Then I realized what they were talking about, answered that I would prefer people were working and that a healthy economy would reduce the need for them. I also mentioned that I would prefer soda not be bought with them because it is unnecessary for survival to drink pop.

    The article written was made to appear that I am on a crusade against food stamps.. I was unaware that it was even published until a call from a “supporter” agreeing about the soda, as he had seen people dump cans in parking lots to get deposits for the cash.

    Then yesterday the “how dare you” letters started ..

    Yeesh.. you can’t win.. lol

    oh yeah.. the article here:
    http://record-eagle.com/local/x74675761/Bridge-Card-has-critics-defenders

  9. canary says:

    Soda is taxed in the states that want to make marijuana legal. Amazing the Obamas want to enforce America on a diet, when they will be suffering at the very least marijuana munchies. I can’t believe they allowed buying junk food on food stamps in the first place.
    It’s 2010. If Target can program their stores to separate grocery items from non-grocery items, Walmarts can do a special un tax school clothes only, or states like Texas that don’t tax food, how did this happen. People can even sell their food stamps they are so lax.

  10. Mithrandir says:

    The hammer of the fascist police-state falls heaviest on welfare recipients, and those incarcerated.

    Eventually, there will be a debit card, and items not approved will not be purchased with such a card. Some day, welfare recips., social security payments, child support money, or any other gov’t money will be monitored with such a card. The eye of BIG BROTHER, (or is it Sauron?) is focusing more and more on our lives.


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