From some young guy named Max Ehrenfreund at WaPo:
Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t last long on food stamps. The actress announced last week she would attempt to feed herself for a week on just $29, a little less than the typical person in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has to spend on food. Paltrow gave up after just four days.
People on food stamps can’t give in, of course. Any extra money that they spend on food is money they’re not spending on something else, whether that’s an old bill or a bus fare. From the beginning, Paltrow had the freedom to go back to the grocery store.
Yet the real reason that Paltrow’s experiment felt unrealistic and even a little bit insulting was that in coming up with a shopping list, she revealed just how out of touch she is with life in poverty.
This dude has already gone astray and he doesn’t even know it. He’s right about Paltrow being ignorant and out of touch with life in poverty, but he’s in the same boat. Being poor sucks for most people, but some people don’t seem to mind it. Or at least they prefer being poor to doing the things it takes to stop being poor.
Additionally, the first word in SNAP is “Supplemental”. The $29 is not supposed to be your entire food budget for the week.
But wait! There’s more!
For all of these reasons, trying to improve the diets of poor American families by giving them easier access to produce might prove difficult. More generous public benefits or work that pays better with more reliable hours would likely allow the poor to make somewhat healthier decisions. They might not eat more fresh produce, but they might buy leaner cuts of meat or healthier brands of prepared food.
For kids, another approach is ask school cafeteria chefs to come up with healthier recipes. That’s been the effect of First Lady’s Michelle Obama’s initiative to improve nutrition in schools. It’s been a success by some measures, even though kids complain about it, as Wonkblog has previously reported.
In Liberaland, the solution to every problem is “more government.”
Challenge: Show me one place in this country where the Blue Model of government has been successful in reducing/eliminating poverty, illiteracy, drug use and/or welfare dependency.
Detroit looks like a war zone. Chicago is a war zone. Some places have gentrified and pushed their poor people out to surrounding areas, but liberals hate gentrifcation. Actually, liberals hate just about everything that has ever been successful at moving people from poverty to prosperity.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein