Good Morning! I hope you made a healthy breakfast choice this morning. So does Republican Rep. Phil Roe, who has introduced a bill to promote healthy eating by restricting junk food purchases using food stamps:
Under Roe’s bill, food purchased under SNAP would have to meet the same guidelines that food purchased under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program already have to meet. The WIC guidelines are strict, and are made up of several different standards for products like breakfast cereal, milk, vegetables, peanut butter and other foods.
SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps.
My first reaction is that this is good news and sound policy – and I can’t believe I just wrote that about a GOP-authored bill that will impact a program for the poor. The case for real food vs. edible food like substances is a strong one. Food is not only critical to our physical well-being, but also to our psychological welfare – including the ability to make good decisions.
My second reaction is that junk food is popular because it is cheap and easy, not because anyone believes it to be healthy. And this turns out to be a real problem. Simply restricting purchasing choices to healthier, more expensive foods could result in folks not being able to buy enough food.
So here is an idea: somebody put a dollar figure on how much Medicare and Medicaid money would be saved every year if folks in those programs were eating real food and not junk food, then increase SNAP funding by that amount to help cover the price gap between Cheetos and apples. Perhaps the First Lady and Let’s Move could get behind this.
Clean air, like real food, is a good thing. The Obama Administration is about to unveil new EPA rules targeting coal power, which will effectively end construction of coal power plants:
An analysis submitted to the White House by the Clean Air Task Force, which supports the EPA plan, said that the cost of building a new coal plant with carbon capture is 24 percent more than that of a traditional coal plant, and more than double that of a natural gas plant.
The article mentions the impact of coal plants on global warming, which is important. Even more important is pointing out to people that we will all live longer, healthier and lose less money being sick as a result of not living near coal plants. Less coal is good news.
Are you a man with testicles? Do you want to have kids? Have you ever watched a porno and thought “geez my balls are kinda small compared to these guys?” Well, good news! It turns out testicle size is correlated, inversely, to good fathering. [wow dude, way to give folks topic-change-whiplash]
Last but, well, yeah last and least. The Saul Goodman character from Breaking Bad will get a spinoff show. That link is to a story on The Atlantic Wire with the details. The Wire also has a helpful piece about successful spinoffs to calm those who worry the spin off may be something terrible. Bob Odenkirk can do no comedic wrong, so I’m betting this is going to be a successful spinoff.
Enjoy your morning!