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(WIBA 1310 Madison)   Wisconsin to force food stamps recipients to spend money on fruits and vegetables. And probably cheese since it's Wisconsin   ( wiba.com) divider line
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2013-05-01 12:26:47 AM  
2 votes:
Fresh fruit is expensive. It's not like it grows on trees you know.
2013-04-30 10:44:13 PM  
2 votes:

FlashHarry: hypocritical. nobody in wisconsin eats fruits and vegetables. i spent many a weekend at road america back in the 90s - 3-days, paddock pass - and the only things consumed were brats, cheese and beer.

Ahem, no fruit? Explain this!

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2013-04-30 10:38:31 PM  
2 votes:

Krumet: You take Caesar's coin, you play by Caesar's rules.


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2013-04-30 10:35:59 PM  
2 votes:
Food Stamps are for live lobster, everyone knows that.
2013-04-30 10:00:50 PM  
2 votes:
Can't we just farkin' feed people?

We send billions in rice and grain to other countries. Let's just give people some farkin' food. Stop paying farm subsidies for fallow fields and ask them to kick out a few billion bushels of bush beans and such. Every poor family gets X beans and rice per week and some flinstones chewable vitamins. Don't like it? Find a way to make money.
2013-04-30 09:15:23 PM  
2 votes:
This doesn't make sense. Forcing the masses to eat right will only make them healthier. And smarter.

Republicans don't like thinking people. Who are they going to fill the jails with?
2013-05-01 04:00:55 AM  
1 vote:

Bumblefark: And those who are literate in either history or biology hate this idea because you're a farking moron.

But, go on.

I'm sure your rapier wit is feared in debating societies all throughout the land.
2013-05-01 12:13:44 AM  
1 vote:

albatros183: I keep hearing about Wisconsin cheese but I've never seen it here is it only available in  Wisconsin  ?

Yes.  You can't have any.
2013-05-01 12:11:22 AM  
1 vote:

The All-Powerful Atheismo: onions are sometimes. Not all fruits and veggies are expensive.

Don't even farking call onions "vegetables." That's like calling persimmon a "fruit" and sassafras an "herbal tea." Technically correct in name only.
2013-04-30 11:57:09 PM  
1 vote:
Wisconsin will soon have the healthiest drug dealers in the nation.
2013-04-30 11:30:51 PM  
1 vote:

2013-04-30 11:23:41 PM  
1 vote:
Somebody has to buy that stuff.

The GOP is just pissed the isles are empty of Funyons all the time.
2013-04-30 11:16:19 PM  
1 vote:

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: We can all pretend like Republicans suddenly care about healthy eating.

Or, we can look at their responses any time Michelle Obama suggests kids should eat their vegetables, and recognize this for what it is: "lets stick it to those stupid poors!"

/This will create lawsuits under the 5th Amendment
//I suspect that's part of the WIGOP's plan

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Just care so darn much about healthy eating...

/assuming that's the fat bastard in question.
2013-04-30 11:16:16 PM  
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2013-04-30 11:12:09 PM  
1 vote:

Mija: Any Pie Left: Cheese and any dairy are good for people, you get calcium and vitamin D, at least. As a snack food, it could be better than say, candy and cookies.

Lactose intolerant people can't have dairy.

well I for one am tired of people demanding that I be tolerant of their intolerance.
2013-04-30 11:06:30 PM  
1 vote:
Wait, I thought the Glorious and Benevolent Scott Walker hath slain the Dastardly Unions and now Wisconsin has 150% employment and hosts the world headquarters of every member of the Fortune 1000?
2013-04-30 11:05:12 PM  
1 vote:

lawboy87: Some of you think that fresh fruit and veggies are expensive?  Compared to what?

I've seen the carts loaded up at the store (and I'm not trying to stereotype, but it's exactly the same as it was 35 years ago when I was sacking groceries and people had to use the old "script") now paid with the state debit card and it is almost always 90% pre-made/pre-cooked "convenience" foods.  Lots of soda, chips, pop tarts, pastries and the like, but almost never anything bearing a resemblance to something healthy.

Sorry, but paying $5.99 for an 24 oz serving of fried chicken (when a good 8 oz's of that is breading and oil) while fresh chicken is available at $.89/lb is not a good use of resources.  Buying a can of corn for $1, when you can buy 3-4 ears of fresh corn for $1 is also a waste.  There's lots of examples I could probably provide, compare the cost of the convenience and junk food product being currently purchased and it dwarfs what is being spent on actual nutritious and healthy foods.

I do the family's shopping and cooking, and I am going to seriously challenge anyone's assertion that fresh fruits and vegetables are "too expensive." Simply because they are often downright reasonable, compared to the cost of calorie-laden convenience and snack food items devoid of even the most basic nutritional value.  Factor in the cost to the state for treating obesity, childhood diabetes, etc. and I have no problem whatsoever with this mandate.

My only beef (Ha!) with your statement is the implicit costs of fresh stuff. Transportation (car, bus, walking, etc) is really limited for the poor at certain times. Storage is also a bit tougher since most people on assistance are families, and limited fridge space can mean less availability for storage, especially leftovers. And finally, time is an issue. If a parent comes home after a long and/or crappy shift, it IS easier to throw mac and cheese together than actually do the cooking for a more nutritious meal. Give the kid a PB&J sandwich + a pack of poptarts for lunch because it's fast and mornings can be a rush as it is.

Raising the minimum wage would help immensely.
2013-04-30 11:03:40 PM  
1 vote:

Dr. Goldshnoz: Oh that's farking smart. make people dependent on assistance pay out of pocket for the only real food in the grocery store. Yes meat is a real food, but given the price increases the last 10 years, outside of chicken, it's becoming more and more of a luxury item. Yes grains and breads are real foods, but if people are "living" on those, we get a nation of over-carbed fat asses. everything else in the grocery store is bullshiat. hamburger helper, oreos, doritos, frozen pizza, and fig newtens, canned and frozen foods are not what you should be encouraging people to live on on a daily basis.

2013-04-30 10:55:08 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, no.  How terrible!  I enjoy paying for people to eat shiat and get sick, and then pay for their healthcare, too!
2013-04-30 10:53:44 PM  
1 vote:

Any Pie Left: Cheese and any dairy are good for people, you get calcium and vitamin D, at least. As a snack food, it could be better than say, candy and cookies.

Dairy is not good for everyone. Most people who aren't white are lactose intolerant, although this can definitely apply to a lot of white folks as well.
2013-04-30 10:50:43 PM  
1 vote:

basemetal: Government cheese was good stuff, best grilled cheese ever.

The only problem was, it came in a 5 pound block, un sliced, so you either had to grate it, or, take your chances with a large knige, and enf up with a "wedge" slice of cheese, that started out thin, and ended up thick,

It actually was decent American cheese.
2013-04-30 10:26:42 PM  
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