By changing a few rules governing the food stamp program, the cost could be cut considerably. I recommend:
Recipients could buy only fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products and bread. If the food is prepared in any way, it would not be eligible. If it is prepackaged in any way, recipients could not buy it. No chips, no soda, no sweets, no pizza, etc. Recipients could buy food only at a grocery store.
Those who don't go to work can, at least, cook their own free meals.
Recipients would not be allowed free cash from the EBT card for any reason, so no cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, drugs or Christmas presents. And no free cell phones.
Following my proposed rules would cut costs of the program significantly, as well as reduce medical costs associated with being obese and unhealthy.
I have to buy my own food. If the government gave me a food card that was used as I have described, I would jump in the air and clap my hands.
I bet those people who are getting today's free ride on the system won't like my suggestions because they think other people owe them something. Maybe they are used to eating lobster; they certainly don't eat like I do.
Warren Packard, Rumford