President Donald Trump wants to drastically scale back food stamps and replace them with a “food box” delivery program — like Blue Apron.
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters on Monday about the plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to redesign the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) as “America’s Harvest Box.” Under the plan, more than 16 million households would have half of their benefits go toward the food box delivery program.
“What we do is propose that, for folks who are on food stamps — part, not all — part of their benefits come in the actual sort of — and I don’t want to steal somebody’s copyright — but a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash,” Mulvaney said.
There’s a fundamental disconnect between what poor people need and what rich people think that poor people need. There is a foolish misunderstanding that poor people who desperately need financial assistance are somehow all out to scam the government for those lucrative EBT checks so they can hit up the strip club and buy rims or whatever naive thoughts people have about the poor.
In the mind of these politicians, we must now give poor people pre-prepared meals because they are not to be trusted with food stamps. They might buy beer and potato chips with OUR money.
That’s like people who refuse to give the homeless cash because they’re afraid they’re going to spend the money on drugs so instead, they go inside of the 7-Eleven and buy the homeless person a blueberry muffin even though they hate blueberries but they’re homeless so they’re not allowed to have likes or dislikes anymore.
Poor people must be dumb, right? I mean, why else would they be poor if it weren’t for their lack of intelligence? We better take decisions out of their hands and just give them Blue Apron-style granola nonsense.
We tend to ignore the fact that the people who are using these government financial assistances are often the hardest working people with two jobs. Even with two jobs, they still cannot afford groceries for their family so they have to take on a third job where they are then penalized for making ‘too much money’ and the government will cut off their Food Stamps.
Perhaps the problem isn’t all of these poor people taking advantage of Food Stamps. Perhaps the problem is that McDonald’s has a dollar menu and the cheapest thing at Trader Joe’s is the parking outside.
Perhaps the problem isn’t all of these poor people taking advantage of Food Stamps. Perhaps the problem is that rich people are mad at the poor for cashing out their food stamps and spending it on dumb shit because these same rich people open up pawn shops and payday loan spots in these poorer neighborhoods thus incentivizing them to spend their food stamps on dumb shit.
That’s like in a Tom and Jerry cartoon when granny puts a freshly baked pie on the window sill to cool off and the smell lifts Tom off his feet and carries him to the pie but then granny gets mad at him for trying to eat it. Why the fuck did you bake the pie if no one can eat it and why are you cooling it off outside?
Also real quick, if you think that providing families with ‘meal kits’ will make them healthier and help combat obesity then you are as dumb as you believe that poor people are. The problem is healthy foods are too expensive and they are inaccessible to poorer communities. You know what causes obesity? Pre-packaged meals. They are way worse for your body than fresh produce.
Give people the agency to make their own decisions.