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  • Reply to: Wisconsin Bill Would Treat Organic Milk, Sharp Cheddar, Brown Eggs as "Junk Food"   3 years 1 week ago
    So you couldn't really afford to go to law school (with a growing family, no less), but instead of working and saving your money and then going or getting loans which you'd pay back on your own, you let all of us help fund your education so we'd have another lawyer in the world? I think I need to throw up.
  • Reply to: Wisconsin's "Shameful" Gerrymander of 2012   3 years 2 weeks ago
    Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura noted the role of the Demopublican two-sides-of-the-same-corporatist American one-party system: 'I believe the system is so corrupt, the two parties have corrupted it so bad, . . . there can’t be any change. . . I don’t distinguish between the two because it’s very much like pro [theatrical] wrestling. You (give) interviews on TV like you hate each other, to draw crowds and attention and make money. But behind closed doors, you’ll go out to dinner with each other. Well, the Democrats and Republicans are the same way. They’re not adversaries; they just make believe they are to the American public.' (quoted in Edwards & Brynaert 2010).
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Bill Would Treat Organic Milk, Sharp Cheddar, Brown Eggs as "Junk Food"   3 years 2 weeks ago
    If your circumstances changed and you were forced to utilize food assistance, you would not be able to purchase items like flour, sugar, seasonings, some oils. Cooking from scratch would likely become challenging or impossible if this bill passes. Ironically, if you were physically, mentally, or cognitively challenged and/or you did not have access to true cooking facilities beyond a microwave or hot plate, most prepared foods, healthy or less so, will not be allowed either. These meals may have less nutritional value than fresh food, but can certainly help Foodshare and other dollars stretch. It is far better to incentivize fresh fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lower fat, healthier cuts of meat and meat substitutes, and whole grains, etc., and to educate people on how and why to make different choices, rather than be arbitrary, punitive, and corporate-minded as AB110 and its supporters. Perhaps they could get 25% more value in these purchases (as long as AB110 seems to complicate grocers tracking already). I believe other state/s have succeeded with implementing incentivizing measures for truly healthy purchases-which may not be able to work out to every dietary need, but at least wouldn't penalize.
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Bill Would Treat Organic Milk, Sharp Cheddar, Brown Eggs as "Junk Food"   3 years 2 weeks ago
    I am on food stamps. I have 5 children. I work 40 hrs a week. My children have food sensitivities that, since modifying their diet to dairy free, non-GMO, organic foods, we have only made 3-4 dr visits TOTAL in the 3 years since then. This is astonishing considering 4 of them HAD asthma that caused us to be at the dr at least every two weeks in the flu season. If legislators want to make sure people on food stamps are eating healthy, they should write the bill to say that 70% of food bought with food stamps must be fresh fruits or veggies, organic, and meat. It will minimize the amount of dr visits (Badgercare) expenses exponentially. This bill is ridiculous and the objective is beyond me. It makes zero sense
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Bill Would Treat Organic Milk, Sharp Cheddar, Brown Eggs as "Junk Food"   3 years 2 weeks ago
    I cook from scratch, primarily because I do not wish to consume copious quantities of salt, sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, artificial colors, etc. I do not, and never have received, or applied for, food stamps although my income qualifies. My monthly food budget (for two cats and myself) is $150. I eat well and am in excellent health at 71.

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