‘Small-government’ conservative wants to dictate what cuts of meat poor people can eat

A New York Republican has declared herself the leading authority on what groceries food stamp recipients should buy.State Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-Oswegatchie) www.wkyc.com/news/nation-now/no-food-stamps-for-steak-or-lob Wednesday that would place additional restrictions on purchases made through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Ritchie, like the woman in a www.theonion.com/article/woman-a-leading-authority-on-what-s, doesn’t believe government benefits should be used on sugary snacks or certain costly items.

“At a time when our state and nation are struggling with an obesity epidemic, it is critically important that taxpayer-funded programs help low-income consumers make wise and healthy food choices,” Ritchie says in the bill memo.

She oswegocountytoday.com/ritchie-bill-would-bar-use-of-ebt-card — lobster, some cuts of steak, decorated cakes and energy drinks — that she believes are too decadent to be purchased with food stamps.

“Many of these items aren’t just unhealthy, they’re also expensive,” Ritchie said. “This legislation would not only help low-income families and individuals stretch their food budgets further and promote health and nutrition, it would also protect taxpayers from abuse of a program that’s intended to help those who have fallen on hard times.”

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