Again, it's the freeness, not the food. If all had to earn their grocery money, obesity would be nearly non-existent. The left keeps increasing the food rations without controlling either the amount or quality. What, other than obesity, can they possibly expect?
iddee, you've mentioned this a couple of times and I (and probably many others) are in complete agreement...you're square on track. Way back when, folks didn't get "stamps", or as the norm is now...a "card" to go "buy" groceries with. They lined up, yes, they had to actually *wait their turn* to get rations of food in brown paper bags and shiny metal cans with ink-stamped descriptions of what was inside the containers. They got what was deemed a month supply for *their size family's needs*. Sometimes they had "extras" of stuff...maybe you'd get an extra can of peanut butter (and that was some mighty good peanut butter!!!), extra cheese, or maybe an extra box of butter....man, talk about that syrup and butter over some cathead biscuits!!!! Good things came out of those brown cardboard boxes that were brought home. X:X
If a family wanted more than what they carried home in the cardboard boxes then they could do one of two things (or both)....either work and purchase the extra items from the grocery store or grow it themselves. Many families lived on these staples and were healthy and not fat. The commodity program even helped <shudder> support the American farmers. Nowadays, people simply pull up to the checkout at the grocery store with their cart straining under the weight of supporting the rib-eyes, pork loins, ice-cream, twinkies, sugar cereal, cola drinks, etc., that they've got piled up high (and I mean high!). Me, I'm standing behind them counting my money (the green, folding kind) up for the gallon of milk, loaf of bread, and bannanas....all the time knowing that the money coming out of the card the person in front of me is swiping is paid for by the sweat of my brow. :-x No, I don't like it, not a bit....and I'll use that 95% figure that iddee threw out earlier...watch those people swiping the magic card...I would wager that 95% of them are overweight and most to the point of obesity...and don't forget to look at the kids who are following their fat, health care demanding lead. The kids are being taught that this is the right thing to do...they know no better and the deadly, irresponsible cycle continues.
Government intervention? Sure, let'em intervene and allow only ground beef and whole chickens to be put on those government cards, generic brands only, have a set calorie allowance per person per day on that card...when they buy their food make them responsible for stretching *our* dollars.
I'm all for helping folks who are down and out...I'm not for adopting and supporting them their entire life. If suddenly they start getting a bit cramped in their lifestyle they might decide they *could* flip some burgers at McDonalds or could man the checkout at the local 7-11 store. In our small business, over the last five years we've probably had only a half dozen folks come in looking for work. As long as the government furnishes them more than *the basics* most of these folks are content to let the government be their sugar daddy.
Seems this strays off from the subject title, but remember...the children are watching. My father's business sat across the street from our county DHR office for probably 30 years. I grew up watching families go in to "qualify" and "re-qualify" for DHR's services....I've seen as many as 5-generations get out of one car and go inside the DHR office. We have a segment of society who have learned, been trained, brainwashed, gum-dipped, whatever, into clinging on to their government programs and debit cards and resisting true freedom from dependency. There is a minority of folks benefiting from government programs who deserve the help, appreciate the help, and would love to go to work and cut the tie to the government...but these are a very small minority...thankfully, the children are watching those, too.