Government Money, Government Menu

Cross-posted from State House Call.

By John LaPlante

Parents routinely struggle to get their children to eat veggies. Now it looks like government is going on an “eat your veggies” mission as well.

The Arizona Republic reports that the WIC program (free food for women and children) will now make sure that some of the money its recipients spend on food can’t be spent on anything but fruits and vegetables. WIC is also going after whole milk.

Arizona’s chief of the Department of Health Services thinks that this is all too the good, and that it ought to be applied to the food stamp program, too: “We really have the opportunity to transform the way people eat.”

I would raise all sorts of civil liberties objections. Then again, if you’re eating from the government table, can you complain much about what is served?

Beware of “free” health care. The same logic applies.

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