Food stamps and sugary drinks

When I see this kind of story, I’m certain that somewhere, someone’s head is exploding with conflicting liberal  ideological principles:

NEW YORK (AP) – New Yorkers on food stamps would not be allowed to spend them on sugar-sweetened drinks under an obesity-fighting proposal being floated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson.

Bloomberg and Paterson planned to announce Thursday that they are seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the nation’s food stamp program, to add sugary drinks to the list of prohibited goods for city residents receiving assistance.

If approved, it would be the first time an item would be banned from the federal program based solely on nutritional value.

The idea has been suggested previously, including in 2008 in Maine, where it drew criticism from advocates for the poor who argued it unfairly singled out low-income people and risked scaring off potential needy recipients.

Scaring off potential recipients? “Oh, you mean this doesn’t cover sugary drinks? Then I’ll just starve.”

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