01-15-2017, 08:07 AM
This always makes my blood boil when I see nothing but junk food in the cart of the person in front of me and they whip out their SNAP card to pay. And they're a land whale too. And they then run a second transaction for booze and tobacco and pay with cash or another card.
You can't turn off SNAP overnight; there would be riots and more innocents would be harmed. But we can use incrementalism to take this back the other way, down to zero. First, eliminate all liquids save for water and maybe milk. Then eliminate 'junk' foods, high sugar/salt, processed foods. Dial it back to fresh fruits and veggies, meat, maybe rice, pasta and canned goods. Eventually eliminate milk and meat. Never met a fat vegetarian. Then, pare back the actual cash amount. Final step is back to only getting a loaf of bread and a block of government cheese. Then, nothing.
Take maybe five years, trimming staff and duties along the way. Start of year 6, shut off the lights, lock the doors and be done with it.