Instead of Food Stamps, Why Doesn’t the Government Make Fruits and Veggies Free?
In the United States, approximately fifty million Americans are on food stamps as the world economy continues to slump to levels that may just soon enough echo what had been experienced last century with the great depression.
Food stamps do help families in need- and in a time when prices are soaring and wages are being cut, who can blame those who are forced to ask the government for some assistance?
The problem with collecting food stamps however is that doing such creates an atmosphere of citizen dependance on a nanny-state who’s ultimate goal it is with welfare programs is to exchange food and other such essentials for worship of a totalitarian state which cares little as to whether or not your children are adequately fed at the end of the day.
At one point- believe it or not- I too was collecting food stamps. However, after putting a bit more focus into my graphic design business, I was able to make each month what they would normally fill my EBT food stamp card with.
Starting up a small business is a great way to pull in some extra cash for one’s self and one’s family so as to provide the essentials all by the power of one’s own brain and balls. The “kick in the ass”- knowing full well that if one doesn’t work hard to deliver the goods, that one will go hungry- is enough drive to make whatever business venture one enters into a moderate success.
However, let’s assume for the moment that not everyone is capable of starting up a small business so as to pull one’s self out of the food stamp program as a personal declaration of independence. Couldn’t then a viable alternative to the food stamp question be that the government just makes fruits and vegetable… free?
With EBT welfare cards, citizens often times buy junk like candy and soda-pop for their offspring. Simply put, with the food stamp program, the government is enabling unhealthy diets and thus the marching of millions off to their untimely deaths.
Fruits and vegetables are unlimited in supply. One simply plants a few seed and voila, a product is delivered. I never quite understood the philosophy of charging for something that can be infinitely replenished. That would be like the government or some corporation suddenly charging for the air that we breathe!
The fact that a price tag is even put on fruits and veggies is a true sign of detriment to the entire philosophy which is supposed to drive monetary economics in the first place. Weren’t we taught in school the principles of “supply and demand” and that the lesser of something there is, the more value it has? Bearing this in mind, if something were innumerable in supply such as is the case with fruits and vegetables, then the value and hence the price should be incredibly low if not outright free!
Sure, if the government made all fruits and vegetables free as a smart move to help curb hunger in America, it would hurt a few companies in the farming industry. In fact, the government would just have to take over farming entirely. The greater benefit however of being able to feed the starving masses with healthy, nutritious foods rather than with candy and soda-pop (such as what is purchased with EBT cards) certainly outweighs the displacing of millionaire businessmen from their seats of affluence.
If an impoverished person wants to feed their baby with twinkies and dorritos, let them- but let them do it with their own cash earned from some kind of work!
Author’s note: I do not believe that solutions offered such as the aforementioned where government controls particular industries would work for an extended period of time. Such moves would ultimately fit into a “transitional phase” that would ultimately see the tapering off of civilization from money outright. Such would be in accord with models of civilization offered up by groups like the Venus Project.