The food stamp program is not just about feeding poor people. It has become an $80 billion-a-year cash cow for the food industry, which hires lobbyists to protect its interests when rules are made.
A spokesman for the American Beverage Association said obesity is a "complex health condition that affects Americans of all income levels," which is true.
But why feed the problem with food stamps?
Most Americans have waited in the checkout line while a customer at the front takes snacks and sodas out of the cart and then hands over the electronic SNAP benefit card.
Whatever happened to using food stamps to buy nutritional foods?
Food stamps may very well be contributing to the national epidemic of obesity. Why would the government continue to do that?
Congress should get real about this and limit what people may buy with the public's money. Cigarettes and beer already are banned.
Developing a list of banned items would not be all that difficult to compile. WIC already has one.
Its administrators should forward copies to the food stamp program.