Put it on the EBT (clarification)

On my last post, I wrote about people using their EBT cards (food stamps) for all kinds of junk food, from cookies to sodas, in a single transaction.

I must clarify something. I meant to say that there should be some way of preventing people, particularly the obese and diabetic, from having an entire TRANSACTION of junk food bought with government assistance (i.e.: five sodas, three bags of potato chips, two bags of cookies, etc.). A comfort food here and there is not a problem, in my opinion. If you want to buy a large amount of junk in one transaction, you should use your own money.

I am aware that, like anything, this can be abused. People could simply make several small transactions of junk food instead of one large one.

I am aware that this has the potential to become something of a “government-approved quotas of unhealthy vs. healthy food” program.

I am simply making the point that it doesn’t make sense to allow the dependent diabetic or obese person to perpetuate their worsening condition to the point of more medical expenses billed to the government.

Here’s a good idea: If you are diabetic or obese, don’t buy foods that will kill you faster than your condition. Make the right choice and use the assistance to better your life to the point where you no longer need the assistance.

Society wants to make sure you are taken care of. However, we don’t want you to go in a downward spiral that will cost the government even more. See a dietitian, look online, see a doctor or just use common sense to improve yourself.

 

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