Picking fruit for a tour around the world

04/06/2012 08:40:00 AM
Tom Karst

At age 10, Bob is still eligible for nine. At 35 years old, Bob is eligible for seven federal feeding programs. And at 65, Kingston says Bob can potentially take part in six federal feeding programs. 

There are unnecessary duplications in federal feeding programs that Democrats and Republicans alike should agree to eliminate, Kingston said. 

Yes, Rep. Kingston, you can eliminate the low fruit, providing pruning doesn’t touch the fresh fruit and vegetable program, the school lunch program, the WIC program, etc. 

Of course it is simplistic to say that federal programs are duplicative without pointing out how they are so.

Nutrition advocates and industry leaders can defend any one of these federal feeding programs — and particularly the fresh fruit and vegetable program, if you will — as a key part of the safety net and sound nutrition policy. 

But there is a growing sense among mechanics and moms that America’s ability to inject cash into food stamp debit cards for more than 46 million Americans (up 15% from last year) and to fund other federal feeding programs besides is not sustainable.

Not when we are on the road to Greece. 

When Americans go to the ATM and there is nothing left to withdraw, what happens then? 

As a people, we need to respect the fact that folks like Kingston are asking “What about Bob?”

It is a question my mechanic would answer emphatically.

tkarst@thepacker.com

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