“Just one more bite.”
“But I don’t waaaanna!”
“One more bite and you can have dessert.”
Most kids hate eating vegetables. Parents will do anything they can to entice their children to eat healthy. They know it is in the best interest for their child to eat it, but ultimately it is up to the child to choose (despite the consequence…). So they offer an incentive then reward the child for swallowing the broccoli. The parent is in control and the child has no choice but to make the ‘best’ decision if they want their reward.
This is the tactic Michelle Obama is trying to use on American citizens. Michelle has been lobbying Congress to impose drastic changes in our grocery shopping experience, some with huge costs to business owners. Her goal is to manipulate shoppers into buying healthier food, while thinking it was their own decision. But children don’t buy groceries. Grown, tax-paying adults buy groceries, and this feels pretty demeaning.
Read www.TeaParty.Org‘s rundown on what she plans to impose:
“The federal busybodies want to provide food-stamp shoppers with ‘incentives’ for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.”
Talking shopping carts?
“The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also ‘have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy “threshold” it would congratulate the customer,’ FreeBeacon.com reports.”
Reminds me of those brightly colored toys with the different shaped holes, circle goes here, government milk here…But mine didn’t even congratulate me, thanks Obama! And $30,000 per store would hurt a lot of independent business owners.
“In case that’s not creepy enough, the feds want grocery store employees to serve as government ‘ambassadors’ who can ‘redirect’ food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.”
So, government busybodies in our face at the grocery store? Putting us on a list for buying the wrong peanut butter?
“Michelle Obama and her minions also envision turning the grocery store into a ‘classroom’ where shoppers can receive cooking tips and advice from dieticians – presumably ones employed by the federal government.”
Hey, all those czars the President appointed have nephews who need jobs…
“The feds also want stores to use better signage, lighting and product placement so customers can easily find the food their government thinks they should be eating. They also want stores to set aside more shelf space for the government-preferred products.”
This does not sound like America.
So these changes are supposedly implied for the 47 million people currently on food stamps or as it is now called, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). But I’m pretty sure everyone would be affected by a talking shopping cart shaming someone in the next aisle.
That’s a lot to take in. While we’re wondering just how so many politicians seem to live in some alternate reality, let’s balance ourselves with a little common sense. If their aim was truly just to influence the way food stamps were being used, why not just remove all the unhealthy and unnecessary items the program pays for? Did you know they pay for Red Bull? I couldn’t believe it when I found out. I mean, I completely understand the need for a caffeine boost in the morning, but not on the taxpayer’s dime for something that is not that good for you. How about making healthy food more affordable? This seems like a thinly veiled attempt at yet another grab of our liberties. They are grasping for control over the very food we eat, outrageous.
Back to those shopping carts for a minute, color coded and divided. As in you can only buy certain, approved items. If it can track what you’re putting in it, just what else can it track? Smaller carts, ok, maybe. But divided carts that know what you are putting in them is just going too far. And, are only those paying with SNAP benefits required to use them? Of this is the case, will they be singled out at the store for public shaming? Can we make sure they are buying the appropriate items? Or how long before we are all supposed to use the special carts that tell us what to buy and let’s us know we’ve been a proper little shopper when we buy all the “government approved items”?
Also, if Michelle Obama and those sharing her opinion want us to eat healthier, why not target the nation’s food providers? Lower the cost of healthy food and impose benefits for companies providing healthier alternatives.
I find it very disrespectful that the path to a healthier American involves the government feeling the need to step into our grocery stores and smack our hands like our mom used to when we put something we weren’t allowed to have in the grocery cart. What do they think of us when this is the approach they have no problem lobbying for?
Article written by Rae Coder
Posted July 23, 2014