Cutting back funding for food stamps means that “somewhere in America today some poor soul is relying on dog food to take them through the month,” says Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. To discontinue continue access to such public assistant is “punitive and it’s cruel.”
The insinuation here is that without government handouts, human beings will suddenly forget how to provide for themselves. (For a group who believe so strongly in evolution, progressives sure don’t put much faith in the survival resiliency of human beings.)
The other problem with Rep. Wilson’s assumptions is that dog food is actually more expensive than people food. CNSNews.com checked it out:
Today, July 15, at a Bravo Supermarket in Miramar, Florida, for example, a can of Alpo Prime Cuts dog food is on sale for 89 cents. Conversely, Bravo Brand vegetables are on sale for 68 cents a can; 16 oz. packages of Goya pasta are 78 cents; and bananas are 33 cents a pound.
Looking at wholesale prices at a Sam’s Club in Miramar, Florida, a 24-pack of 13.2 oz. Alpo Prime Cuts dog food is $14.98 and Pedigree Choice Cuts dog food is $16.60. At the same Sam’s Club, an 8-pack of 15 oz. cans of peas and corn is $5.88.
Rep. Wilson has offices in both Pembroke Pines, FL and Miramar, FL.
Wilson’s rant on the House floor reminds us of an important lesson in the role of government: When you step into the voting booth, are you counting on the representative you pick to keep you off of a dog food diet? Is that really the job of the federal government?
In addition to her food stamp agenda, Wilson is also keeping busy in Congress these days drafting up legislation to offer federal “financial incentives” for states to repeal their Stand You Ground gun laws. In other words, the federal government wants to pay off states to restrict your Second Amendment rights in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. Nice, huh?
According to The Hill, Wilson is also working on “creating training programs for neighborhood watch volunteers” and establishing a “Federal Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys” designed to “increase graduation rates, improve student performance, and ultimately break the school-to-prison pipeline” that’s hurt the black community.