Trump Derangement Syndrome has become such a pervasive malady that it may be time to add it to the DSN (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). There is seemingly nothing that President Trump says or does that doesn’t send TDS sufferers into spasms of foul-mouthed fury, from cutting taxes to lowering unemployment to praising the troops. Latest case in point: what seems to be a fairly brilliant innovation for the food stamp program.
The White House just unveiled a proposal based on popular “cook-at-home” services such as Blue Apron. People on supplemental food aid could enroll in the program and instead of getting all their benefits in the form of a debit-like card that lets them buy food, they would receive regular shipments of food direct to their doors. The boxes would include staples such as pasta, juice, canned goods, cereal and peanut butter.
This innovation would eliminate a number of problems with the food stamp program. It would help cut fraud by people who use their EBT cards for things other than food. It would reduce costs both to consumers (the government could get the food wholesale rather than individuals having to buy it retail) and to taxpayers (it’s estimated that it would save $129 billion over a decade.) It would help create jobs for American farmers and food producers.
It would even solve problems liberals have long complained about, by helping eliminate “food deserts” (the alleged lack of stores selling healthy food in urban areas) and obesity among the poor (by sending healthy food direct to their homes instead of having them buy fattening processed foods (remember the whole Michelle Obama school lunch kerfuffle?) It would help working single parents by saving them shopping time. We know it could work because the government already directly provides food to students and seniors. And it wouldn’t eliminate choice, since part of the benefits would still come on an EBT card; it would just replace some of them with convenient deliveries of healthy staples.
This proposal is such a win-win-win-win, it’s hard to believe nobody’s suggested it before now. So what’s not to love? Only one thing: it was suggested by (cue the scary music) the Trump Administration!
The proposal was immediately attacked from the left as a “risky scheme” (trademark registered) that would “threaten families’ ability to put food on the table” (how, considering it would literally deliver food right to their front doors, which I have to assume are fairly close to their tables?) Like cutting our taxes, delivering healthy food directly to the poor is somehow going to make people DIE!!
As an experiment sometime to find out just how pernicious the effects of TDS are, the Trump White House should announce that it’s arranged for magical unicorns to fly over America, pooping out $20 bills, just to see how many liberals will run to the CNN cameras to declare that it’s a horrible thing that will kill us all.
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