Missouri (R) wants to ban Food Stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood
“This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing,” Jason Greenslate explained to Fox.
“It’s free food; it’s awesome.”
That story fit a longtime conservative suspicion that poor people use food stamps to purchase luxury items.
Now, a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri is pushing for legislation that would stop people like Greenslate and severely limit what food stamp recipients can buy.
The bill being proposed would ban the purchase with food stamps of “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.”
“It just seems really repressive,” said Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University and author of the book Living on the Edge:
The Realities of Welfare in America.
“I don’t see how it makes any sense to ban some of these foods. Fish is something that should really be in your diet. And steak, what does that mean in this context?”