Regime Wants Talking Shopping Carts to Tell Food Stamp Recipients What to Eat

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The government wants to establish talking shopping carts so that food stamp recipients will be directed to healthier foods in the grocery store. And if they end up buying the government-approved amount of healthy foods, they could win free movie tickets. I kid you not. They want to install talking shopping carts in grocery stores for food stamp users. (interruption) Well, Michelle’s voice would probably be a good idea. I don’t know whose voice, but it probably would be Moochelle’s voice.

In fact, it’s a USDA suggestion. “The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores.” I guess it would apply to the homeless, too. I mean, the homeless are using food stamps. It says here they want “to ‘nudge’ Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop. The agency commissioned an ‘expert panel’ to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.”

Now, of course incumbent here is the assumption that the government thinks you’re too stupid to buy what’s right for you. But not only that, they don’t think you ought to have the freedom to get what you want. They are going to try to coerce, i.e., nudge you into eating what they want you to eat. By the way, this push toward eating fruits, you could end up with type 2 diabetes if you’re not careful. Do you know how much sugar is in some fruit? “Oh, Rush, come on, it’s natural.” That doesn’t matter. It’s loaded.

Vegetables, you have to cook them. How many people are gonna go home and actually cook? It’s a losing battle. “The group released an 80-page report this month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.” In other words, the healthy items would be better lit, probably be brighter and a little bit more focused on them.



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