OK, yeah, they don’t actually do “food stamps” as such, but debit cards. The government gives recipients money (essentially) that the recipients are supposed to spend on food. And of course, not only are there all kinds of inefficiencies in the system, there are all kinds of opportunities for fraud. So, gotta say this sounds promising:
In short: rather than giving people debit cards to procure food with, the plan is to just… give people food.
Those foods would include shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables, according to the USDA. The department estimates that it could supply these goods at about half the cost of retail, slashing the cost of SNAP while still feeding the hungry.
Since this is the sort of thing I have proposed here before, I gotta say this is a good idea. Make the staples free – free and nutritious and bland – and there will be little opportunity for a black market or fraud. Plus by going straight to making cheap food available directly, you can skip over whole reams of bureaucracy… and bureaucrats.
There are of course questions needing answering and problems needing resolving. Would food be delivered directly to recipients, or would they have to go pick them up? Would there be a single “box” of food for everyone from children to old folks? Would a box include food appropriate for a wide range of people leading to wastage, or different types?
Yes, yes, the ideologically pure libertarian/conservative standpoint would be to say that the only acceptable solution is to get rid of government food handouts entirely, since they are not constitutionally mandated. While that’s true, it’s not a pragmatic solution. Do that, and you will hand the proglodytes a permanent electoral majority.