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In what looks like a disturbing trend among Republican lawmakers, Wisconsin has recently taken steps to ban poor people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from purchasing certain foods.

Last week, GOP officials introduced Assembly Bill 177 which will effectively prohibit those who use SNAP benefits from buying items on a long list of foods including ketchup, potatoes, and shellfish.

As outlandish as these seemingly growing in popularity initiatives are, Republicans maintain the idea behind them is not to punish people for being poor, but to help people eat healthier.

“We as a country are spending a fortune on health care costs for largely preventable diseases, and a lot of that relates to our habits as people — we’re consuming the wrong foods,” says Wisconsin GOP state Rep. Scott Allen.

Unfortunately for Republicans, the “healthy” argument doesn’t exactly hold much water.

According to nutritionist Joy Bauer, a frequent contributor on “The Today Show,” some of the fish and shellfish that could be banned are essential parts of a balanced and healthy diet:

Some fish and shellfish are high in vitamins and minerals like selenium, vitamin B12, niacin, iron, and zinc. The selenium in seafood is an antioxidant that can help manage arthritis and maintain healthy skin, while vitamin B12 may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and slow memory decline. Niacin is a B vitamin that may aid in cataract prevention. Iron-rich clams, oysters, and shrimp can help maintain healthy hair. The zinc in oysters and crab can also contribute to healthy hair and beautiful skin, while reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

Bauer goes on to reveal that some foods that would be allowed by the law, such as canned fish, are high in sodium and can be bad for people, so Republicans may need to fine-tune their argument.

Maybe this is something to consider for next election season…

Take a look at some of the other foods banned from those using SNAP benefits by Assembly Bill 177:

Baked Beans
French Fries/Hash Browns
Canned Peas
Taco Shells
Creamed Vegetables
Pickles
Almond, Rice, Goat, Soy Milk
Natural/Organic Foods
Anything in bulk




337 Comments

  1. Becci Himes on July 3, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Gobsmacked.

  2. Lary on July 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

    This is hypocrisy. The GOP is trashing about Michelle Obama and healthy eating among kids. And they are planning to take healthy food from poor people.

    • 1230e on July 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      They’re just doing anything out of spite

    • Gladiolus on July 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Naah. They are moving them out of the food desert. Remember? Bad white people kept good black people in food deserts where they could only buy Evil Processed Foods like French fries, hamburgers and the like, which forced so many black women to become obese. Now the First Lady and the Rpublicans are working together to give them healthy foods like lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli.

      • Ima_Speakonit on July 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

        You must have missed the part where it listed “natural/organic” food on the list, also?

        • Dave Acklam on April 17, 2016 at 1:01 pm

          There is no scientific evidence that ‘organic’ food is actually healthier than ‘non organic’.

          It’s a luxury good, for rich people who want to follow a specific world-view. The exact sort of thing that should not be available to food-stamp recipients.

          • jam on June 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm

            sorry your wrong. and what happens when the whole meaning of natural is included?

            and i’m sure you understand what constitutes “scientific evidence”.

            the “evidence” is ambiguous because not all organics are healthier than non-organics. ambiguity is not a lack of evidence but indicates that statements about health comparisons need to be specifically qualified. scientists qualify their statements, while you just make an unsupported and unsupportable generalization.

            its a luxury for poor intellects with a specific world-view to accept what evidence supports their worldview, and they make blanket statements as though they were fact.

            just keep on eating those insecticides!



          • Dave Acklam on June 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm

            Naturalisim is not a science, and is not backed by scientific evidence – it belongs in the same category as homeopathy & astrology: Psuedoscience/superstition.

            The scientific evidence states that GMO food contains no detrimental substances, and is not nutritionally different from non-GMO. Same for ‘organics’…

            Go read it for yourself…



          • jam on June 22, 2016 at 6:52 pm

            Look at the balance and consideration of the actual state of the research data that is presented in this abstract.

            Your using the ideological method not the scientific method. You see something that supports your point of view, stop there, and run with it, ignoring any contrary evidence.

            I can’t scientifically support a statement that all organics are always better for you any more than you can support your statement that there is no difference whatsoever– the data that is required for these to be scientific statements is simply not well enough developed.

            That being said, based on current knowledge and understanding of the current methodological problems, future research will produce more definitive results… I am of the opinion that future definitive results will point in the direction of organics having at least marginal if not significant health differences. In some instances this may not be true. there will be no difference, but the current evidence already points to potential health benefits of organically produced green vegetables having better nutritional value than non-organics.

            also i said nothing about GMOs. you cant make up an argument i didnt make, attribute it to me, then dismiss it and still retain any logical foundation to your argumentation. I tend to dismiss the fears around GMOs and tend to see them as a potential boon for food production.

            I also support the 4th amendment.

            point is you trow world around that you have no idea the meaning of– such as scientific, liberal, conservative, socialist and so on.

            ideology is not science.

            “Consumer concern regarding possible adverse health effects of foods
            produced using intensive farming methods has led to considerable
            interest in the health benefits of organically-produced crops and animal
            products. There appears to be widespread perception amongst consumers
            that such methods result in foods of higher nutritional quality. The
            present review concludes that evidence that can support or refute such
            perception is not available in the scientific literature. A limited
            number of studies have compared the nutrient compositions of
            organically- and conventionally-produced crops, with a very small number
            of studies that have compared animal products (meat, milk and dairy
            products) produced under the two agricultural systems. Very few
            compositional differences have been reported, although there are
            reasonably consistent findings for higher nitrate and lower vitamin C
            contents of conventionally-produced vegetables, particularly leafy
            vegetables. Data concerning possible impacts on animal and human health
            of diets comprising organic or conventional produce are extremely
            sparse. Data from controlled studies in animal models, particularly
            within single species, are limited or poorly designed, and findings from
            these studies provide conflicting conclusions. There are no reports in
            the literature of controlled intervention studies in human subjects.
            Comparison of health outcomes in populations that habitually consume
            organically- or conventionally-produced foods are flawed by the large
            number of confounding factors that might contribute to any differences
            reported. If consumer perceptions regarding potential health benefits of
            organic foods are to be supported, more research of better quality is
            needed than that which is currently available.”

            Nutritional quality of organic food: shades of grey or shades of green?

            Christine M. Williams



          • Dave Acklam on June 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm

            Your entire post boils down to ‘I disagree with the science, because I *believe* in organics’…

            As it stands, science shows no validity to ‘naturalisim’ or any nutritional benefit to organic farming.



          • jam on June 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

            pretty sure you got that backwards… your argument claims to be scientific but provides no evidence.. and its an absolute statement that is easily refuted with research based evidence… as i have amply proven and provided scientific sources to support. your counter arguments ignore the content of my statements .. both the premises and conclusions… instead you refute statements that are not part of my argument and claim that as a rational rebuff. … then you simply reassert your erroneous argument as a fact.

            and i dont necessarily believe in organics.. i dont maintain an organic diet..
            my argument is based on logic and is principled on the fact that i cannot digest how you have made incorrect and misleading statements and tried to make them authoritative by referring to how scientific they are when they are in fact only statements of your own ideology, which are in fact incorrect based on current scientific research findings.

            i really do lament the fact that you are unable to be wrong even when any rational person can see the capriciously vapid nature of you argument



          • jam on June 23, 2016 at 3:18 am

            “throw words” that is , rather than “trow world”.. maybe its a slip… like Dave lives in a troll world



          • jam on June 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm

            sorry your still wrong



          • jam on June 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm

            you’re



          • jam on June 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

            to follow up, since the article quoted was published 2002– you can find articles from 2003-2006 that reflect the same sentiment. later in 2010 a review reported on health effects and concluded more strongly in favor of there being little evidence of health effect differences, but also reported on studies that showed dermatitis reduction in infants.. this article also mentions the need for more research on health effect… another published 2010 focuses more on the actual nutritional differences between organic and non-organic– this study also mentions the paucity of research on actual health benefits, but reports on affirmative findings supporting higher nutrition in certain organic foods… still the overall sentiment is that health effects as well as actual nutritional difference are still understudied and under-qualified… nonetheless the evolution of the research in this area seems to indicate that more affirmative findings for organic nutrition and health will continue to accumulate.

            Organic
            foods contain higher levels of certain nutrients, lower levels of
            pesticides, and may provide health benefits for the consumer–Author(s):
            Walter J. Crinnion

            Nutrition-related health effects of organic foods: a systematic review–
            Alan D Dangour,
            Karen Lock,
            Arabella Hayter,
            Andrea Aikenhead,
            Elizabeth Allen, and
            Ricardo Uauy

            Organic food: nutritious food or food for thought? A review of the evidence

            Organic Diets Significantly Lower Children’s Dietary Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides—Chensheng Lu, Kathryn Toepel, Rene Irish, Richard A. Fenske, Dana B. Barr and Roberto Bravo

            Organic Food: Buying More Safety or Just Peace of Mind? A Critical Review of the Literature–Faidon Magkosa, Fotini Arvanitia & Antonis Zampelasa



      • SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm

        What you just said makes NO SENSE and it quite racist! There are more WHITE folks on public aid than BLACK! And most are VETERAN’S families and the elderly and children. Wake the hell up they are controlling the good people of Wisconsin all the way to grocery store and stop being so friggin nosey when it comes to food— whatever color you may be!

        • Dave Acklam on April 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

          Gladiolus is making fun of the Democratic ‘food desert’ meme, not espousing racisim himself.

          Liberals claim that minorities are being maliciously forced to live in places where there are no full-service grocery stores, and that the reason that they ‘do not eat healthy’ is a lack of access to fruit/veggies/etc, because ‘the only places to buy food are gas-station convenience stores’…

          They call this the ‘food desert’ theory.

          Essentially, it blames ‘racisim’ for the food-buying choices of certain populations, and claims that grocers are ‘discriminating’ against them…

      • Sara Bosh on July 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

        Gladiolus, you’re just more proof that racists have a lower level of intelligence than the average person. Learn how to spell loser!

      • Moretotheleft on July 11, 2015 at 10:30 am

        I’ll take that as sarcasm.

      • Seasoned_reason101 on July 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

        LOL – Look, Gladiolis, you’ve landed on libtard island!! What shell fish? Shrimp? Lobster? You f-ing people are ridiculous. It isn’t about race – SNAP is about sustenance until you can find a way to be responsible for yourself. How many of you idiots here actually pay taxes or don’t belong to a labor union? Republicans aren’t your problem, your sense of entitlement is.

        • doug on July 15, 2015 at 9:02 am

          Your self-righteous pompous ass is the problem.

        • Mama Train on July 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

          Your total lack of respect and insults do not add to your credibility. For you information I work, pay my taxes and serve in my community. I do so because it’s my responsibility as a member of my community and as a citizen of the United States. I do not belong to a union and I don’t make a lot…but I am responsible and pay my bills. I bear no hatred of the poor as you display because I know poor people and I know their struggle. You are still stuck on the food stamp surfer who was actually attempting to get 15 minutes to promote his band. You are responding to propaganda because if the truth is told….I’ll bet if you thought for even a second you qualified for a handout or entitlement you would be pushing your way to the front of the line. What you see in others exists in yourself. And boy, oh boy, you have a huge set of blinders on. Very narrow view.

        • Janice Watson Poulnott on July 15, 2015 at 5:07 pm

          Stupidity and hate is the problem of the right like yourself seasoned. Organic food? Only the wealthy have a right to try to eat healthy? GOP are so crazy and stupid. Critical of the First Lady for pushing healthy eating and exercise and then want to stop people on food stamps from eating organic. Your all nuts and mean ones at that.

          • SlG2 on July 24, 2015 at 7:33 am

            Seems to me Monsanto and that ilk had a hand in crafting this law.



        • MamaBear2012 on July 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm

          Your Big WHINY, DUMB REPUBLICAN A**KISSING LYING SELF is the actual problem. Every Republican looks down their noses at people who use Food Stamps even when it’s REPUBLICANS. You act holier than thou and like your SH_T don’t stink. What about people who are elderly and have to use Food Stamps? I suppose you friggen dummies would expect 80-85 year old people go out and find a job and get off Food stamps.
          IF YOU WANT TO SEE REALLY F-ING RIDICULOUS PEOPLE LOOK IN THE MIRROR BECAUSE YOU AND YOUR KIND ARE AS RIDICULOUS AS THEY COME. That’s why there will never be a Republican in the White House.

        • grannylynn on July 16, 2015 at 4:44 am

          its cheaper to buy a bag of frozen shrimp toss with pasta and make a filling family meal then to try and buy a roast , or chops or just about any other meat.

        • Sherry Gillespie on July 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

          You are wasting my oxygen with your hate and sense of entitlement. Die or move off this planet. Oh and on the way out, Go fuck yourself.

        • beowolfe on July 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

          Seasoned_reason101….it’s stupid people like you that will be the death of not only this country, but of humanity.

        • Diana Sinclair on February 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm

          I have relatives on SNAP and believe me, they wouldn’t think of buying lobster because it would take up their whole week’s worth of food money. That’s why this aw is so stupid – people on SNAP aren’t feasting on champagne and caviar – that’s the 1%

      • karmakazi on July 16, 2015 at 1:12 am

        what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who read it is now dumber for having listened to it. My God have mercy on your soul.

      • beowolfe on July 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

        Please tell us that that was a snark.

    • Donn Richardson on July 10, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      They didnt say poor people cant buy these foods with thier money; they just cant buy it with taxpayer money i.e. food stamp cards

      • Moretotheleft on July 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

        Which is totally ludicrous. Why don’t they spend their time on something more productive? These are poor people who need monetary assistance to purchase food, not inept simpletons who need assistance making food choices. No alcohol, no tobacco, and that’s enough. So what if some don’t always make the best choices, they will live with those choices. Sometimes a person just wants a pickle. I’m sure these legislators have made poor choices at times…it’s called being an adult human being.

        • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:11 am

          Look at some of their fat selves. I still think all legislators should be held to the standards they set.

      • Tim Johnson on July 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm

        So people on assistance don’t pay taxes? Do explain please.

        • Seasoned_reason101 on July 14, 2015 at 9:39 am

          Sorry – what taxes do people on assistance pay?

          • Barbara D Holtzman on July 15, 2015 at 7:13 am

            Sales taxes. Social Security and state payroll taxes. Not to mention all the fees and such. It’s a Republican canard that the poor pay no taxes.



          • MamaBear2012 on July 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm

            Are you purposely being stupid or are you actually that damn ignorant? Have you never heard of people NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY AT THEIR JOBS TO BUY ENOUGH FOOD FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILY?
            You really need to get your head up out of your @$$ and get some brains already.



          • Trish Vallely on July 15, 2015 at 11:35 pm

            I pay the same taxes do. My health has me NOT working. Try having pulmonary hypertension. Anyone any age can get this as well as any race. Epilepsy…same thing.
            I need to eat healthy to get better. If they want to ban anything, ban processed foods. I can’t have milk. I need almond milk. I need almond and walnuts. I’m so much better with healthier foods and buy bulk foods to make it more affordable. Oatmeal, rice, quinoa, nuts. I buy organic chicken at Sprouts but only when it’s on sale.
            Try living on disability when 90 percent goes to rent. How does one live on that?
            I didn’t choose my health issues. Nor my prescriptions to stabilize them. We have to eat. SNAP doesn’t let you buy fast food or even chicken already cooked at the store.
            The entire system is screwed up in my opinion.
            Those of you against SNAP should try living in our shoes.
            This bill that’s passed is ridiculous and I challenge all of those who voted for it to try and live without those did choices and with our health issues that have no cure.
            Why would cancer patients want to eat unhealthy. Many of them are on assistance also.
            End of rant.



          • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:13 am

            Seasoned: Go get an education and then come back. THEN we’ll talk. Moron.



          • beowolfe on July 16, 2015 at 9:27 am

            I guess you don’t know that most of the people who receive food stamps actually work, pay income taxes, FICA taxes, sale taxes, and some through rent payments, actually contribute to property taxes.



        • e.z. walker on July 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

          Ha, it’s the filthy rich who pay no taxes.

          • Tim Johnson on July 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

            Bingo!



        • Janice Watson Poulnott on July 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm

          In Tennessee, the poor pay a higher % of their income than the wealthy that is for sure. Highest sales tax in the country and sales tax on food as well. Of course Tn. is a Red state what else should we expect. Leaving just as soon as I can.

      • John on July 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm

        It’s a wonder that the bill doesn’t have a provision to ban them from using their own money to buy ketchup and potatoes.

        • Debra Hunkins on July 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

          Don’t Give Them Any Ideas!

      • Mama Train on July 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        I have a huge list of things I believe public servants shouldn’t buy with taxpayer money either. Lets start with their 1.Alcohol 2. Collection of taxpayer funded airline miles 3.Family travel 5.Handouts, contracts and tax consideration to their cronies 6.Fundraising and campaign expenses 7 Housing…….just a few of my bullet points.

        • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:16 am

          Also, they should be randomly drug-tested. They are, after all, on OUR payroll.

      • MamaBear2012 on July 15, 2015 at 7:31 pm

        I work, I pay taxes and I have NO PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO USE FOOD STAMPS. It’s you holier than thou Republicans who act like it’s only Democrats that use Food Stamps and you are so wrong. Your kind use Food Stamps just as much as anyone else. Remember there could be a time when you will need to use them,

      • Jennifer Adler on July 16, 2015 at 6:21 am

        A poor person can’t buy dry bulk beans? Rice? THOSE ARE THE VERY FOODS OF ‘POOR PEOPLE’.

      • beowolfe on July 16, 2015 at 9:26 am

        Wisconsin legislators can buy these foods with taxpayer money, why not SNAP recipients?

    • Union Lacktivist on July 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Doesn’t the reverse apply? Are you against Michelle Obama’s healthy eating for kids? Sounds like you are a hypocrite.

    • Mongocutwood on January 27, 2016 at 7:50 am
    • Dave Acklam on April 17, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      I would hardly call french-fries ‘healthy’.

      And there is no actual scientific proof that ‘organic’ food is healtier than ‘non-organic’.

      Food stamps should keep you alive. Not provide you with luxury goods (like organic foods, steak, shellfish) or expensive junk food (chips, french fries, TV dinners, anything ‘heat-and-serve’).

      Raw chicken, raw ground beef (no steak or prime rib), raw pork, raw fish (not shellfish or ‘high-end’ species, but cod/polluck/etc), non-organic veggies, bread, milk, eggs, cheddar (not ‘American’ or ‘singles’) cheese. Absolutely NO ‘convenience’ or pre-packaged items (hamburger helper, mac-n-cheese, Ramen, gas-station burritos)

      That’s all you really need. If you want something fancier, earn the money and buy it…

  3. James L. Greenlee on July 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

    How utterly random. Anything in bulk? Often, buying in bulk is the most cost effective way to buy. Alternative milks? So, lactose intolerance doesn’t affect the poor? Same with natural/organic. Is this just an effort to shame poor people?

    • Pei Kang on July 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      this is totally an effort to shame poor people. For some shitty reason, these crazies believe that poor people can actually afford organic foods and good foods.

      • Karen Hotlen on July 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        Rep. Scott Allen should be force to do this too , if he thinks it’s so great.A lot of people are on snap and really need the foods and what you GOP have been doing is shaming these people and some of these people are our veterans , 25 percent of our veterans are on welfare an snap. You shouldn’t pass this bill. You have all did enough damage to the people who need it most in Wisconsin. Shame on all of you.

        • Pei Kang on July 3, 2015 at 8:41 pm

          GOP have no shame.

        • 1230e on July 3, 2015 at 11:05 pm

          They’re not trying to shame nobody. They’re trying to get at President Obama / black people. And if whoever get hit too , OH WELL !

          • Hairy Angel on July 4, 2015 at 12:39 am

            Are they banking on misplaced blame ?



          • 1230e on July 4, 2015 at 3:17 am

            Ask them



          • Dolothegreat on July 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

            100%



          • CT14 on July 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

            And Latinos, too. No taco shells!!!



          • bming5 on July 8, 2015 at 9:32 am

            Little do they know that taco shells are about as latino as soy sauce. But what total d*x.



          • creepyTexan on July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

            I hope you were joking? Most Latinos do not eat Taco Shells unless they are in a 70’s mood.



          • Mario Garza on July 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm

            As a Latino myself, i can tell you that other latinos consider taco shells a Caucasian delicacy.



          • DaTruthSucks on July 11, 2015 at 7:25 am

            But I’m sure Walker doesn’t know that. So yes… he thinks he is punishing Latinos.



          • CT14 on July 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

            Do you think for one second Scott Walker knows that?

            Yes, taco shells are white American food. Scott is stupid.



          • laura on July 11, 2015 at 11:07 am

            Real latinos don’t use taco shells. (just kidding on the basis of the belief that ‘real tacos’ are made with tortillas)

            Looks to me this is designed to be a shotgun blast to several groups including latinos, vegans, healthy eating natural food adherents, anyone bold enough to not eat processed foods and undermine the hegemony of the industrialized food machine…etc Obviously motivated by the same paradigm that shames and punishes the poor.

            How can it be seen to be ‘unhealthy’ or spendthrift to buy oats, rice, quinoa, peanuts, flour for making bread etc in bulk? It’s obviously cheaper and the most healthy foods can be purchased this way. It doesn’t support the big processed food corporations though.



          • Jane Murphy on July 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm

            Exactly. Them and their voters too.



          • Leave me alone on July 7, 2015 at 6:34 pm

            /Some white people as well…?



          • SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

            Boo that is a very racist statement



        • Deacon Mark L. McGee on July 4, 2015 at 6:19 am

          Including college students, elderly, disabled, etc….

          • Jane Murphy on July 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

            Yes like me.



          • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:22 am

            And me.



        • SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

          AGREED If the poor are forced to do this- then ALL should be forced to do this- This sounds unconstitutional in so many ways!

          • Karen Hotlen on September 18, 2015 at 10:48 pm

            It is unconstitutional and they know it. Wasting more taxpayers money.



          • SWEETSWOO on October 18, 2015 at 3:06 pm

            Yeah but they did it anyways



        • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:19 am

          The entire state legislature should be subject to whatever rules they impose on anyone else. We pay their salaries. Let’s drug test them.

      • STRATEGIQMINDZ on July 10, 2015 at 12:40 am

        NOT ONLY SHAME THEM BUT KILL THEM AS WELL

      • SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm

        AGREED Pei AGREED

    • Bunny Belinda Balk Miller on July 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Yes it is. And they want to drug test us too

      • Tara Brennan Okin on July 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        “According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress, the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent. Meanwhile, they’ve collectively spent nearly $1 million on the effort, and millions more may have to be spent in coming years.”

        • Michelle Lee-Reid on July 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm

          another Republican solution in search of a problem.

        • J Aguilar on July 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

          Thank you Tara for the updated statistics. The last I had read, the national average for those on welfare that tested positive was 3 percent. Those on welfare do not have the funds to buy drugs. They just want to eat like the majority of us.

        • Kiddbadpatty on July 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm

          That’s because they have no idea what they are SUPPOSED to be doing, and if they have an inkling of serving the people…they just double down and try to get rid of the poor, who are “running this country into the ground”….but let Israel ask for another 20 billion dollars and it will be delivered tomorrow.

        • SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm

          BOO never condone this type of Governing as it is a method of CONTROL! Do we live in AMERICA the land of the FREE? WTH is wrong with these elected officials- Force them to eat on their restricted diets and see how far this law really goes!

      • BradleyHart on July 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm

        Not unless they can get congress to change the act that provides for food stamps.

      • Amie Klockzien on July 11, 2015 at 8:17 am

        And they should. Working people get drug tested.

        • Tim Johnson on July 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm

          No one should get drug tested without reason! If you cause an accident at work then sure. If you are on SNAP and get a drug charge then i could agree to testing. otherwise it is invasion of privacy, imo.

          • e.z. walker on July 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm

            Don’t work for oil and gas then. They’ll randomly drug test you even if you’re a manager and for no reason. Yes, it’s a major invasion of privacy and should be illegal.
            .



          • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:30 am

            Except for people on the public payroll, i.e. legislators at all levels. We pay them. We should make sure they are straight.



        • AlishaV on July 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

          Even if the adults in the home do do drugs, so what? I’m not going to withhold money from the kids and hurt them more. Those kids are struggling enough, they don’t need to worry about a roof over their heads or whether they have to go hungry that night because someone was so cheap they wouldn’t put a handful of change toward food for them.

          • e.z. walker on July 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

            You think those politicians don’t do drugs? And cops? I dated a cop who confiscated drugs and then used them himself. Such bullshit.



        • SleepyPagan on July 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

          Blanket drug testing with no individualized reason for suspicion is unconstitutional.

      • YesIhaveone on July 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        That is sooo a waste of taxpayer money.

    • Jane Murphy on July 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Yes. I am poor and disabled. Insulin Depended and 63 years old next month. I hate them. And Rauner of Illinois where I live is cutting all programs to help the poor. They do not care.

      • Mary Frye on July 7, 2015 at 10:21 am

        Every 2 yrs dems need to vote. Dems didn’t get out and vote last election which is how we got that pissant.
        Now we are having a special election in the 18th district to elect someone to replace schrock, bet lahoodwins cos dems won’t go vote. This is a repub district but dems need to vote.

        • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:33 am

          I couldn’t agree more. Walker got in AGAIN in 2014 because we tried, but could not get the vote out.

        • Jane Murphy on November 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

          Yes they do.

      • creepyTexan on July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

        I am sorry this is happening to you and others.

        • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:33 am

          Thank you.

        • Jane Murphy on November 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

          It is nice you have a heart. Thank You.

      • SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

        Jane make sure you vote Rauner out next election- He is a BULLY and he wants to be just like Scott Walker

        • Jane Murphy on November 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

          Yes I will. Even if I have to crawl up to the Voting Polls.

      • Jolene Travis on July 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

        R.I.P.

    • Loulah on July 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I would guess, because snap is such a large part of the food industry… they are limiting foods that can be purchased to corporate donations. Most organic foods are small businesses, farmer’s markets will loose snap business if they are organically grown. No bulk means they pay more and snap runs out faster… This is just more Wisconsin graft.

      • bming5 on July 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

        Methinks you’ve hit the nail on the head. Let them eat Kraft, not lettuce.

      • cordelearts on July 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

        You have a valid point. Always follow the money.

      • Michael on July 11, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        It is not the case that most organic foods are small businesses.

    • Kathy Levittown on July 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

      EXACTLY!

    • Chuck Johnston on July 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

      The angry white voters that elected Walker and his merry band of miscreants in the tea party tide of 2010 care nothing for logic or reason. Remember, they are republicans. They only want a target for their hatred and bigotry. The poor, (along with state employees unions) have been held up as such by the governor. He extolled the virtues of a “divide and conquer” strategy in his first election. It worked so well that he continues with it today.

      • Kiddbadpatty on July 8, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        The “angry white voters” that elected Weenie and his Crew will cut off their own nose to spite their face….they are in fact the largest population on food stamps.

        • Holiday0 on July 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

          Yes they are. But they are too dumb to even realize that. They just continue to bend over and vote Republican.

          • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:36 am

            It’s so sad. They don’t even see that the book “How to Serve Man” is a cookbook.



          • Holiday0 on July 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

            Love it.



    • nope on July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Yep.

    • Moretotheleft on July 11, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Yes.

    • Michael Davis on July 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      I think you have a point , I’ve seen old people do this in charity situations …bitter people ..

    • YesIhaveone on July 11, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      YES.

    • e.z. walker on July 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Yes

    • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:17 am

      Yes. It is.

  4. Ally Ballard on July 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Um, so buying in bulk which ultimately allows the SNAP benefits to stretch further and actually feed their children HEALTHIER FOODS for more days of the month is banned. Seems a little Counter intuitive to me. Also, banning organic foods is preventing these kids from eating foods that don’t cause cancer. Someone is speaking out of both sides of their mouth. FYI Bubbies pickles are one of the healthiest foods for you since the cultures heal the gut and prevent many illnesses such as asthma, eczema and more…hmmmmm I smell that the Pharmaceutical company has their fingers in the SNAP back pocket in this state..

    • BradleyHart on July 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Ultimately the bill is worthless as it takes an act of congress to change to alter what is and isn’t available on SNAP. However the reason for getting rid of bulk purchases is pretty self evident, they want something on the list where they can say look grocers we are throwing you a bone. No more bulk items for the poor only more expensive smaller packages with greater markup value for you.

      • bming5 on July 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

        And let’s not forget alllllllll that plastic packaging. Oil.

      • Blacktiger on July 11, 2015 at 1:38 am

        Right, pickles and sauerkraut are very healthy and if they must eat processed meat better with these instead of chips.

  5. Erica Brunson-Holloway on July 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’m not ok with this. .???????

  6. Masonjar on July 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    That’s why Republicans are going to suffer at the poles. The government spends ungodly amount of money on wars and what the hell else they want do and now they want to lent pick the hell out of the poor. The poor are already doing without a lot of life’s comforts. Why in the dickens do the Republicans have to meddle with what the poor eat? Just pure evil. The Republicans has made it so difficult to get the darn stamps that now many that qualify are doing without. They are lacking in nutritional value. I guess that is good for health care cost

  7. Masonjar on July 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Unbelievable. Just remember them at the poles while they scarf down their stakes and baked potatoes with butter and sour. The poor works rings around them while they sit on their butts making stupid laws for everybody else.

    • DarcWolf on July 4, 2015 at 1:41 am

      I’d rather eat a steak than eat a stake. 😉

      • Masonjar on July 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm

        Thanks for the correction!

        • readytoflee on July 16, 2015 at 1:40 am

          You got Steak right. You missed on polls, though.

    • Jane Murphy on July 6, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Fuck the Republicans. I can’t stand them.

  8. nikflorida on July 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Um… soy, almond, rice, goat (lactose-free) milk alternatives… will lactase supplements suddenly be allowed?

    • mudstump on July 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Its Wisconsin the dairy capitol of the US. This is just another way for the republicans to pay back the dairy industry and big ag for their campaign donations.

    • Rita Lawrence Edwards Meneses on July 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      No almond milk means NO milk for those who can’t use milk. Hope they provide something for the severe cramping and diarrhea that goes with lactose intolerance.

      • BradleyHart on July 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm

        They did forget about coconut milk.

  9. Andrew LeVan on July 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I agree there is nutritional value to many of the above items. I do feel sodas should be banned.

    • CT14 on July 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

      I feel people should be trusted to buy their own food.

      Even the poor should be allowed a Coke once in a while. Being poor is miserable enough.

    • BradleyHart on July 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      The USDA felt the same way, then congress took away their ability to regulate what was and wasn’t food. This is why the states actually can’t regulate what food is and isn’t available on food stamps no matter how many bills they pass. Only congress can make these changes as they are written into the act authorizing snap.

    • Michelle Lee-Reid on July 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Snopes said that the actual bill would make it illegal to spend more than a third of the SNAP money on “excluded food”, including such items as white potatoes, nuts, cranberry sauce, popsicles, spaghetti sauce, soup, ketchup, pickles, baked beans, flavored peanut butter, flavored milk, and brown eggs.

      In my experience, spaghetti sauce just makes the pasta go a little further and adds a little bit of nutrition (especially if you can add veggies to it), ketchup helps kids eat foods that they may not otherwise eat, nuts are a very nutritious snack, potatoes are actually very healthy (with vitamins, fiber, iron, and potassium), baked beans provide protein cheaply, and flavored milk makes it more likely that children will drink milk (which provides essential calcium).

  10. SweetStuff on July 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    They should ban all ppl from using those foods. Just take all of the items off the market and farmers can become “poor” at the same time….IJS! Those Republicans are stupid!!!

  11. Flex Hill on July 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    The conservatives venom, hate, and disdain for those who are poor knows no bound.

    • Karen Hotlen on July 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Flex Hill so true. They would rather give more to the rich and starve the poor .

  12. "TheDixieDrifter" on July 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    what’s left to eat if I can’t have the stuff on this list . I guess we’ll have to eat s*#t and die the GOP way .

  13. Lede Pat on July 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    This is crazy what are their reason for banning certain now y’all want to take over citizens kitchen?? Snap gives you a certain amount to spend a month soo whatever they spend or buy will be their issue for the month. I dont understand how they feel this will work…Wisconsin citizen need to vote against these politician… Do something Wisconsin citizens do something.

  14. Pei Kang on July 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    The GOP= take away whatever little the poor and getting poor have. They are the reverse Robin Hood, take from the poor and give to the rich. Lunatics, all of them, how can they justify such cruel inhuman laws?

  15. Jasmine Guy on July 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    You don’t get enough foodstamps in the first place to eat on and if you do how is banning fish and natural/organic food a good thing.. what’s wrong with peas Republicans don’t mind spending millions on weapons but don’t want to feed the poor.. smh

    • CT14 on July 4, 2015 at 9:51 am

      You know, even steaks can get old. Grocery stores put older items that need to be used immediately on sale–and that’s perfect for a SNAP recipient. Buy it, cook it, freeze it. Sometimes natural food brands are dropped, and they all go on sale while the store switches them out. Once again, perfect for SNAP–healthy and cheaper than the regular produce.

      Why can’t we trust people to feed themselves? They’re the ones who know precisely how little money they have and the best ways to stretch it. Banning bulk foods is just stupid.

  16. johndavis1 on July 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    these guys are morons

  17. Lowanda on July 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    If anything ban the use of f sodas and potatoe chips and all them damn noddles SNAP recipients should stop that . Killing them slowly

    • CT14 on July 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Noodles? Noodles are extremely cheap. What are they supposed to eat instead? Healthier foods aren’t always as filling and usually aren’t as calorie rich–which matters when you don’t have enough calories coming in due to food shortage.

  18. Brenda Burks on July 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I guess they are going to make it illegal for us to be poor next. I am in AZ and soy and almond milk are a BIG part of my household since my daughter and I are lactose intolerant. WTH is wrong with these freaking people OMG!

  19. Baxter on July 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Let’s not forget that government is paid by our tax dollars so let’s tell them how to spend as well. Here’s a list of things they can’t buy:

    Prostitutes
    Drugs
    Hotels (to hide their prostitutes from home)

  20. lisa on July 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Is anyone seeing this link? Snopes says it is part true, part false http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/wifoodstamps.asp

    • lisa on July 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      This is the second time I have posted the link.

  21. mudstump on July 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    If this is true it looks to me like it is more about damaging the small farmer and organic producer and all about favors to the dairy industry and big ag. SNAP is just one program they can use to help their buddies and hurt “buy local” efforts. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more attacks on organic/local in other republican dominated states. Its a coordinated effort…watch and see.

  22. Julia Stege on July 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    The Rich are never happy until they can torture and punish the poor. Someone should take a pic of the cupboards of these guys who voted fir this …they’re probably full of organization Ivan, chips and potatoes. Shesh

    • Karen Hotlen on July 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      These republican are sick and corrupt along with Walker. What next are they going to do to people who need this food the most. They already have to pee in a cup, eve the veterans.

  23. MaryfromIL on July 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Definitely punishing the poor. Why else take away everything that makes one want to eat an otherwise boring sandwich? Not like those condiments cost much.

  24. Benevolence on July 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    As a veteran who served this nation, and a senior who has to be on FS’s, I am so damn pissed it is not funny! These slimy scums can burn in hell! Our tax dollars go to big corporations and they can spend the money to eat caviar, drink champagne and eat whatever they damn well please, but we can’t? I hope the backlash on those in power is so damn fast and swift it burns these idiots the next time they crap!

  25. Jake Cornwell on July 3, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Even if Wanker signs this into law. Wisconsin will need to get a waiver from the Federal government for this to become law.

  26. Vickie Lee on July 3, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Just think, for the people who voted republican I know they didn’t expect this, and all you tax payers has made sure they get a check every month for doing disgusting things like this , shame on them. A whole lot of them are heading to the underworld with jet fuel drawers on, It’s not right.

  27. arnibah on July 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Why ban potatoes?

  28. Lorry G Halfkenny on July 3, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Read all/most of the posts here. Going to the BALLOT BOX is the only thing that will be effective and the only thing these politicos understand. If they don’t vote them out then they deserve everything that they get.

  29. 1230e on July 3, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Oh well the peas man will have ” A BIG DENT ” in his pockets.

  30. Ellen H. on July 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    That is just ridiculous! We can’t buy anything in bulk. Heaven forbid we get the most for the money.

  31. Cloesmom on July 4, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Now wait…was the bill passed or just introduced? The article says it was introduced but only the headline says it passed. Outrageous either way, of course, and as per usual their reasoning is bogus BS, if they want the poor to eat healthier…why ban organic foods?

  32. CColvin on July 4, 2015 at 1:58 am

    These are rotten, scumbags, the republifascists that are doing this, and someone should sue these rotten stinking putrid motherfuckers. Doesn’t surprise me they are evil!

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  34. Cathy Reulbach on July 4, 2015 at 4:23 am

    These stupid GOP. There is some luck in that before the GOP can make these rules into law they have to get a federal waiver that no state has ever received. Thank goodness for that.
    Still just thinking about what Wisconsin GOP wan to do infuriates me! With this list there would be healthier food items denied me and others. The GOP like many others, believe that only one type of people use food stamps. But many people who use food stamps are elderly and disabled. Many of us have digestive problems. Food items that are great for infants and lactating moms are often not good for people who are older who have bodies that can’t digest certain foods very well, if at all. What about people who are lactose intolerant, have Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, IBD, IBS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, interstitial cystitis, multiple sclerosis, all digestive disorders or autoimmune diseases. And there are other types of medical conditions that some people have that need digestive restrictions such as diabetes.
    I have RA, osteoarthritis and a problem digesting certain foods. Acidity foods can do a number on my stomach and make me very ill, I don’t have a gallbladder so anything with fat or grease can also cause me problems. The GOP of Wisconsin has passed a bill that (if enacted as law) would bar food stamp recipients from buying shellfish or spending more than one-third of their benefits on foodstuffs such as non-white potatoes and ketchup. The food they would try to make me it would make me sick. It’s a good thing I don’t live in Wisconsin, so I’m not affected but many are.

    “Under this bill, DHS must require that not less than 67 percent of the SNAP benefits used by a recipient in a month be used to purchase any of the following foods: foods that are on the list of foods authorized for the federal special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC foods); beef; pork; chicken; fish; fresh produce; and fresh, frozen, and canned white potatoes. In addition, DHS must prohibit using SNAP benefits for the purchase of crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.The larger list of allowed foodstuffs excludes such items as white potatoes, nuts, cranberry sauce, popsicles, spaghetti sauce, soup, ketchup, pickles, baked beans, flavored peanut butter, flavored milk, and brown eggs.
    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/wifoodstamps.asp#8OBMw7Xb10DxgHQz.99

  35. Emily Dotson on July 4, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Why don’t you just ban them from eating at all? That might solve the problem completely if they all STARVE TO DEATH.

    T_T GOP bullshit…

  36. mrbadexample69 on July 4, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I usually don’t believe in boycotts, but in this case people need to make an exception. Not just for this, for the entire takeover of a state by extremists. If you really are concerned about people’s health, and I mean all people’s, then you will at least ban indoor smoking first. And then put taxes on all tobacco products. Tobacco kills. Lung cancer is still the #1 preventable killer. We all have to eat. No one has to smoke.

  37. Daelda on July 4, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Useless law with no actual enforcement powers. The FDA regulates the Food Stamp program and what ma, or may not, be purchased. States have no power over that. These Republicans can bluff and bluster all they like and it won’t mean shit.

  38. TheVansOutside on July 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Grandeur behavior. I interesting how ppl want to see America look like a third world country.

  39. SillyBilly on July 4, 2015 at 9:36 am

    this is sick

  40. Brandon on July 4, 2015 at 9:38 am

    wants us to eat healthier, bans natural/organic food, wait what?!?!

  41. CT14 on July 4, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Soy milk? So if you’re poor, you can’t be lactose intolerant?

    No bulk foods? How the hell are the poor supposed to stretch those dollars if they have to buy smaller and more expensive amounts of food?

    It’s just mean. They want the poor to eat gruel and beg for more.

  42. Richard on July 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I got your “small government” right here.

  43. RJ on July 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Why not just ban SNAP assisted people from buying Food, these people are heartless…

  44. john henderson on July 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

    GOP are Nazi….wake up America,

  45. Bunny Belinda Balk Miller on July 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Scott Walker is running for president. This is what will happen to everyone in the USA if he is elected.

  46. danielistical on July 4, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I dont know if I can but
    monday I may check into if I qualify for FOOD STAMPS,,,yea I want me an E B T
    card..if I get one ,,I will find one of the UPPER CLASS food outlets around
    town. Then I will go into it and find me a small jar of CAVIAR ,,fish eggs,,you
    can get them for $10 to $20 for the low class ones,,THEN maybe I
    will get me a NICE PORTERHOUSE STEAK,,,,,AND DARE ANYONE to comment on my
    purchase,,,I have WORKED for over 50 years and paid my TAXES for that card,,it
    would
    BELONG TO ME and no one else,,and I can do with it as I please,,YES there are
    CRIMINALS out there who do abuse these cards illegally,, we already
    have police for them,,,WHAT DOES THAT have to do with me????
    NOTHING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DUPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH
    FOOLISH STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT DESERVES TO EAT,,,HOW DUMB DO
    YOU HAVE TO BE TO BELEIVE THAT KIND OF CRAP????????????

    OH AND THE CAVIAR AND THE STEAK,,,? THAT
    GETS DONATED TO THE NEAREST HOMELESS SHELTER,, , we live in the richest country in the world and the ONLY REASON
    we even have hungry people is some greedy basterd has been stealing from us all for years,,,

  47. Anne Marie Stephen on July 4, 2015 at 11:21 am

    The given list doesn’t make any sense at all. Potatoes are one of the best foods you can eat with more vitamin C than an orange. I assume “fresh” potatoes are OK as I do not see them on the list. No bulk foods? Aren’t most things like rice and pasta much cheaper when bought in bulk rather than packaged? I can understand french fries and hashbrowns/tatertots being on the exemption list as they are deep fried, but baked beans? I think this list needs to be rethought.

  48. Collean on July 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

    It used to be that the only restriction when on food stamps was that you could not buy ready to eat foods. Everything you bought had to to make a meal. Now they want to take that away. Sounds like punishment of the poor to me.

  49. Vaughan Wynne-Jones on July 4, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Banning Natural/Organic foods makes people eat healthier? Riiight….

  50. Matt on July 4, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Looks like they’re trying to ensure that the majority of the SNAP benefits used (67%) go towards foods that qualify for WIC, i.e. healthier foods.

    What do you think?

  51. Emily Dotson on July 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Potatoes, ketchup, baked beans, canned vegetables, non-dairy milks? Are you fucking kidding me? My mom’s family was blue collar poor and they survived on canned veg and potatoes most of the time. Are they supposed to die of malnutrition (and possibly lactose intolerance)??

  52. Harper's Nuthatch on July 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Gun control is fascism but IF YOU BUY A CAN OF PEAS WE JAIL YOU!

  53. usmale475 on July 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    And People wonder why I hate Republicans…

  54. 02Dave12345 on July 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I’m much more outraged by the ban on organic food than ‘potatoes’, which turned out to be a ban on fried food according to the evidence provided in the article. I don’t agree with any ban but banning junk food, empty carbs like Twinkies and fried food, wouldn’t be nearly as disturbing as banning the most nutritious and healthy food. Most food stamp recipients qualify because they have children to feed.

  55. Terry Miller on July 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    SNAP is federally funded ,so who is allowing these idiots to make these cuts ?

  56. Margaret Stringer on July 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Can’t buy potatoes with food stamps? Potatoes must be mighty exotic vegetable in that fucked up state. I will plan my vacations elsewhere.

  57. Mark Machin on July 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    GOP ROTTEN TO THE CORE

  58. Joe_H on July 4, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Unbelievable. And true. They already set a limit on how much the family/person receiving benefits gets per month. If they overspend then it comes out of their pocket, why try to limit the types of food they buy. I think it should actually be allowed that ANY food be permissible.When the food credit is spent, then it’s gone. http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab177

  59. Gail Cichocki on July 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Please tell me this is an effing joke!!!
    How about lowering the goddamn prices of fresh produce so people can AFFORD to eat healthy!!!
    And by not allowing almond, rice & soy milks, which contain necessary Calcium & vitamin D, leaves no alternative for people who cannot consume cow’s milk which contains lactose!

  60. adrshepard on July 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    People on food stamps should not be buying shellfish or other extraneous food, including overpriced natural and organic food. Same goes for soy milk and the like. If you want to talk nutrition and survival, the human body can survive perfectly well on dog food.

    I disagree with canned peas and bulk foods, though. There is nothing wrong with those.

  61. Long Ben Avery on July 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Anything in bulk, everyone knows the more you buy the cheaper it gets. WTF. And if they’re doing this to improve diet why no organic or natural foods. The Stupid is strong in these ones.

  62. BradleyHart on July 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    This bill is actually meaningless since a state cannot restrict or make available products on their own. To change what is and isn’t available takes an act of congress since the available foods are defined in the act itself. Oddly enough it was the GOP that made sure that clause was part of the act to avoid letting the USDA which administers the program act on its own and ban soda.

    Everyone should read this from the department of ag. http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items The big thing to remember and pass on is this little statement from that document:

  63. cheeseheadnate on July 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I would love to see the actual science supporting what they banned?? I get that some things should not be allowed, but this partial list seems really random.

  64. Fred Reames on July 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    It’s practically impossible to eat HEALTHY on SNAP benefits. That’s why they buy foods with lots of carbs and fats. What do you want their kids to do? go hungry?

  65. FedUp on July 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    GOP wants everyone to breed like rabbits regardless of ability to feed offspring. What’s next – Soylent Green?

  66. FedUp on July 4, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    GOP wants the poor to breed like rabbits and eat like Auschwitz. Incomprehensible Nazi-like maniacs.

  67. Chuck Vickery on July 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Wisconsin 2015 total budget is $300.7 billion with 8% or $4.6 billion going to welfare recipients and administrators. The state’s population is 5.8 million sharing welfare cost payments of a whopping .15 cents per day. That cost will increase slightly for all income earning household members by .15 cent per non-income earning household members, divided equally among earners. Wisconsinite should ask themselves if banning certain foods from those who temporally experience loss of income, appropriate and effective reform of government welfare program designed to help with cost of basic needs and feed the kids in periods of family hardship ? Oppression, a campaign promise fulfillment you’re proud to have voted for? At the end of the day that .15 cent daily expense does NOT go away and instead of food, moral issues for some are brought to the table.

  68. Michelle Lee-Reid on July 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    buying food in bulk cuts costs for those poor people. Also, potatoes are fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol -ree and low in calories, they contain potassium, vitamin C, fiber, vitam B6 and iron in large amounts; potatoes are very healthy (despite the starch) and inexpensive. Also, many people require dairy-free alternatives to milk–and poor children still need milk.

  69. Brian on July 4, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    And how do the companies, suppliers and shareholders feel about having their products described as unhealthy ? How much profit will be lost because of these accusations ? How long before

    lawyers are instructed to sue the Republican Lawmakers of Wisconsin. A ban on these foods in one state will inevitably have a knock on effect to the other 49 states !! Wow ! That is going to be a loss of profits in the multi-millions of $.

  70. wkmtca on July 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    keep voting these people in office. we will be having the hunger games sooner than you think.

    • David Duke 2016 on July 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      No, Godless communist socialism will finally be stopped.

      • Jill Joiner on July 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm

        You know the difference between socialism and communism right? Also we are not even remotely either of these. You ever been outside of the USA?

        • David Duke 2016 on July 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm

          No doubt you’re a baby murdering race-mixing atheist liberal. You and those like you deserve a Final Solution.

  71. Dennis Hastings on July 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Weren’t Republicans the ones who made ketchup a ‘food’ in the first place? These people should be tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail.

    • Jill Joiner on July 10, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      LOL, yeah it was Saint Ronald Reagan back in 84 I believe.

  72. Nan Smith on July 4, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Pickles to Wisconsin. You know where to put them!

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  74. Amy B. on July 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    This is so outrageous that at first I thought it was an article from The Onion. How I wish it had all been in jest. What is wrong with our state govermnent??

  75. Alan Joseph Leddon on July 6, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Wait…aren’t bulk foods cheaper? So…you have to pay more to eat healthy?

  76. andalso on July 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    when you give idiots the floor, this is the type of bullshid they come up with… God bless Amerikkka

  77. Toadie on July 7, 2015 at 1:16 am

    they want ppl off food stamps and welfare they are starting to do things like that here too thank GOD my kids are grown now and I don’t get no help from anyone in this messed up system. We don’t do free lunches in Ks. either I feel sorry for some of the kids here it’s bad….

  78. jazz on July 7, 2015 at 3:09 am

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  79. Bwigbwadbwob on July 7, 2015 at 6:28 am

    It wasn’t too long ago when U.S. Congressional republicans classified ketchup as a vegetable. Now republicans in Wisconsin are denying that “vegetable” to it’s citizens who use Food Stamps. Amazing.

  80. George Mellon on July 7, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Basically – the Socialist Democrats are lying to you – as usual… read the bill for yourself – the claims above are mostly HORSESHIT. The bill requires 67% of the SNAP benefit be spent on WIC qualified foods – leaving lots of money left for friggin’ condiments like ketchup and pickles and relish. It does ban crabs, lobster, shrimp, and shellfish – which I don’t ‘get’ but that hardly seems to be a great hardship given that we are talking about SNAP benefits – welfare handouts for the indigent and indolent. Maybe you take comfort from the idea of SNAP recipients supping on lobster and crab meat – on your dime – but that doesn’t exactly leave me with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

    Read it for yourself – don’t trust these agenda driven morons to summarize it reasonably or accurately.

    http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab177

    • David Duke 2016 on July 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      The poor can eat sh!t for all I care. I hate them all and want to kill every last one of them.

  81. Suzy Quiltmaker on July 7, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    If Paul Ryan becomes president God help the poor

  82. David Duke 2016 on July 7, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    It’s God’s will. The good Republicans are ending communist socialism. Work or starve to death, it’s in the Bible.

  83. Cowpox on July 7, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Won’t work.
    To share federal dollars is to conform to federal guidelines.
    Food eligibility is code in itself.

    • Cowpox on July 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      For Christ’s sake people,
      it was successfully argued beeswax constituted eligible comestible
      because of its inclusion in 19th century confectioneries.
      The legislators never changed anything-
      decisions are made elsewhere and in better diction.

  84. LB on July 8, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Disgusting. Instead of going after the real scammers children and elderly, once again suffer. How these ‘so called lawmakers’ can look at themselves in the mirror is beyond me. I bet some even have the GALL to call themselves “Christians’ But as long as the overlords are not inconvenienced….oh I get it.

  85. Nona Simons on July 8, 2015 at 2:10 am

    *The shame of Wisconsin* The idea of banning necessary foods from the diet of poor people is the grossest form of abuse and a violation of the right to decent food.

  86. Lanore on July 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Children allergic to cow’s milk are able to drink soy milk. Republicans think they are physicians and now think they also are dieticians. Bastardos.

  87. J.r. Bomber on July 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

    No worries, should you want to fight a war with someone, the GOP will make sure there is plenty of money then.

  88. Chuck Johnston on July 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I live in Wisconsin. Nothing this administration does or attempts to do surprises me anymore. They care nothing for the people of my once proudly progressive state. The only thing that concerns them is passing laws that will benefit their wealthy donors and themselves.

  89. potomacflier on July 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

    every day, republicans prove to be enemies of Americans

  90. cordelearts on July 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

    So they want poor people to just eat poor people’s food.

  91. Daniel Cox on July 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

    They’ll do anything to get people to buy their cheese!

  92. blusasuke on July 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

    As I see it what they are doing is cutting and cutting these programs back so that those of us without the access to this kind of information, think that federal government is causing these programs to fail. Then if these programs are failing they won’t be missed when a “Republican” gets into office and either “overhauls” or cans the “failed” program. Really and truly it’s kinda sick.

  93. cordelearts on July 8, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Here is the official bill, I would like to know where they are getting these items listed in the story, they aren’t in the official bill.

    http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab177

  94. Jim Barnhart on July 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Republicans are worse than terminal cancer.

  95. creepyTexan on July 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    The bulk argument may have a logical basis. It could be hard to quantify the amount compared to a set weight food. For example when I as on WIC after giving birth they would not let me buy 2 small blocks of cheese that equaled the same as a large block of cheese or some such. Since they gave a certain dollar amount to each person it would be hard to make them measure out the exact amount allowed per month, etc. However canned peas not allowed? They are rather healthy and high in fiber. Baked beans are rather healthy and high in fiber too. Now they gave us too much juice when we were on WIC and juice is a lot of empty calories and can cause weight gain so they should cut some of that if too much is on there. I think they gave us 8 large cans a month and we had some 6 months after we stopped getting WIC – did not want all that sugar in our systems.

  96. Adrienne NotsmartjustNosyashel on July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    So you want the poor to eat healthier, but ban natural and organic foods? Makes sense.

    • Sterling Ericsson on July 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      That’s one of the only things on the list that makes sense, since they aren’t healthier, they are just way more expensive.

  97. Sterling Ericsson on July 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    The good thing is there’s no way this can have any effect. SNAP and other such systems are federally run. States aren’t allowed to mandate anything about them. So this bill is completely useless. Any attempts to actually enforce it would get the entire state sued, which admittedly would be hilarious.

  98. bobconner on July 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    This is Horse feces, pure and simple. I have no doubt that this is going to in the hands of the Supreme Court before too long.

    The GOP couldn’t care less about the poor and their health, as proven in the incessant fight against ACA. They’re attempting to shame the poor and to make it even more difficult for them.

  99. JeanClellandMorin on July 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I was Ignorant and Blind for 72 years. PLEASE do your VEGAN research PLEASE. Jean Clelland-Morin

  100. Ron Jackson on July 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    If it’s about health and lowering health care cost issues, these restrictions need to be on ALL people. And addressing health care issues, health care itself is where the worst problems are occurring in respect to costs and quality. It’s more about better access for prevention and controlling the skyrocketing costs coming from drug companies and for profit hospitals and so on. Poverty and poor education are leading factors in poor health and diet. These hypocrites are lowering public education quality and have economic policies that assure millions more are on the road to poverty. EVERYTHING about these people is an obvious farce. The country is headed toward a Titanic sinking iceberg with such oblivious people at the helm.

  101. highwaterjane60 on July 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    The people running Wisconsin have lost their minds. I am horrified.

  102. PatsyCastillo on July 8, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Bravo assholes, you want an entire population sicker than they are already!

  103. Kathleen Parks on July 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    In 1971-72 when I was a grad student, I lived on $7 a week for food. I bought rice and beans in bulk and basically lived on that with supplements of vegetables and spices.

  104. Corey Jenny on July 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    oh for fuck sake, are they just trying to see how ridiculous they have to be to actually get voted out. Hey GOP quit picking on poor people you motherfuckers, we make your food, we dig your ditches, we protect you while you fucking sleep.

  105. Michael Feuerhak on July 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Perhaps this will motivate some of those who are able to work to get off the government’s Free Ticket program and meaningfully contribute to society AND get their taco shells. Win-win.

    Yeah right.

    • prettymeadow on July 11, 2015 at 6:18 am

      Most people on SNAP DO work.

    • Carol on September 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Perhaps…

  106. Kiddbadpatty on July 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Just because that stoned loser hippie bragged about buying lobster with food stamps….are we supposed to be proud of rich politicians who will pay 100 dollars of tax payer wages for a glass of wine? Hypocrites…all of them. Wisconsin just stands by pushing their toe in the dirt…..

  107. mamabear81 on July 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    soooooooooo what are they suppose to buy??? They do realize bulk shopping is cheaper right?? And what do they have against pickles??? What did the pickles ever do to them??

  108. April Kobelnyk on July 9, 2015 at 12:27 am

    What about people like me allergic to milk?

  109. Vincent Challe on July 9, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Starve the poor thats the solution : yay for ‘Murica

  110. extravaganza on July 9, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Funny that we think totalitarian regimes are something of the past

  111. Teresa Franey Howington on July 9, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    You can give Wisconsin and its governor a piece of your mind. https://www.wisconsin.gov/Pages/socialmedia.aspx

  112. John Carollo on July 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Why are these Nazi’s patrollilng cashier lines at ALL supermarkets and demanding these products are not allowed to EVERYBODY who thinks they want to purchase and eat them?

  113. Michael Trudeau on July 10, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This is truly an example of Government Gone Bad! Who the hell cares what people eat? This is a FREE country, remember??? Why don’t you spend more time trying to figure out how to make more jobs available for these people instead of trying to keep them oppressed? You fucktards!

  114. Michael Trudeau on July 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

    They (the Republican’s) also believe there is way too much fraud at the lower classes, but in comparison, there is always much more fraud at the higher classes. Like in tax loopholes and banking fraud!

  115. Steve Batts on July 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

    First he tries, to restrict voters right, and he did. Now Scott Walker, and his tea party, KOCHSUCKERS, will just starve his opponents to death.

  116. America4 on July 10, 2015 at 10:45 am

    These “poor people” (some) are currently buying whatever they want and eating better than most of us while we flip the bill. You see the mommy with 3 kids with 3 baby dads at the checkout using her card. Smart phone ringing, new hairstyle, fake nails, designer jeans and “oh, I will take some cigs”. Sorry, you can pay for your ketsup.

  117. Gregory Hinton on July 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

    sadistic depravity.

  118. SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    This is messed up! The Civil Liberties Union needs to file a law suit- Look at these foods! They save money in Bulk! WTH is the Wisconsin Government doing in a persons shopping cart again? We should buy on the banned list and give it to the food shelters in Wisconsin~~

  119. SWEETSWOO on July 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    SCOTT WALKER the so called devout Christian- is showing he is more like a DEMON from HELL with this bill! Christ came to help the NEEDY not the likes of HIM! Walker is an embarrassment and should be in JAIL already for his criminal activities- NOW he is allowed to restrict what food if any a poor person can eat to survive! SHAME ON HIM AND ANYONE ELSE THAT VOTED FOR THIS BILL! I will be helping my local food shelter in MADISON with the foods they banned from the lists SNAP will not cover! What complete morons and that goes for anyone who agrees with them.

  120. catbyte on July 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    These mean-spirited politicians aren’t even trying to make sense. They claim they want SNAP recipients to eat healthier, yet they ban organic/natural foods & soy/almond/goat milk? Bastards all need to kicked out in 2016, but it won’t happen. I have no faith in this country.

  121. Forrest Cheyenne Medecke on July 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    sonds like a bunch of rich people that have never had to make a few dollars strech to feed a couple of growing kids this fuckers are such idiots it slays me you really want tol save this country a whole hell of alot of money get the lifers out of congrees and the house and cut of thier outrages life time pay theres no other job in this country that pay so much for basicly nothing and continious to pay the same after you retire come on folks they are supposed to be working for us witch means we as tax payers can control thier pay

  122. theresa perry on July 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Didn’t St. Ronald (Reagan) identify “ketchup” in school lunches a “vegetable”? Did you forget, Scotty? I’m sure you were required to read the “Ronald Reagan Book of Absolute Truths” when you first joined the GOTP. So you can buy regular corn but not creamed corn? No $1.00 package of taco shells but a round of $ 4.99 bruschetta? And what’s with “no potatoes? Scotty doesn’t like Idaho? Do sweet potatoes count? Suppose they are yams? I guess you people with milk allergies better confine yourselves to fruit juices….yes, there’s more sugar and additives in bottled juice, (and you’re more likely to come down with diabetes ) but you can always switch to water or Mountain Dew. “Canned peas”. Hmmm. I don’t really like peas, so that’s ok. But on the other hand, does this also include canned vegetable soup, or beef stew, both of which usually include peas? And pickles. Only pickles in the jar? What about cucumber pickles? Does the seafood ban include canned sardines, and salmon… two items doctors say will help your heart? I just love that Scotty and his ilk are concerned about “healthy” eating. You notice no cheese, ice cream or other products produced by the “Dairy State” are on the list. You POOR people! Scotty says you can clog your arteries all you want! Bon appetit.

  123. Mario Garza on July 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    In Soviet Wisconsin, Comrade Scott Allen tells the poor people what to eat…

  124. Latoya Shauntay Snell on July 10, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    You’re kidding…right?

  125. uteman10111 on July 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    And yet those same GOP A-holes cry about Mrs. Obama’s healthy eating programs in schools! What a bunch of flaming morons!

  126. Jeff Neff on July 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Almond, Rice, Goat, Soy Milk? Natural/Organic Foods? The legislature is definitely whoring for agri-businesses.

  127. Mithrandir Greyholm on July 10, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Almond milk?

  128. VD65 on July 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Wisconsin has always been a nasty state. People should not go there…boycott their cheese. This is one of the most dispicable acts I have heard of yet. No organics? What are they thinking? The program can be tweeked by the states but this is ABUSE of POWER.

  129. Rusty Fender on July 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Just more bagger bullsplat. Time to shut those fools out of the political process. Ban baggers!!!

  130. Joe Keith on July 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    An entire article premised upon lies. Not a word of the bill is provided because there is no such bill banning any such items. But I can tell by the comments here that there are a lot of liberals feeling relieved that they aren’t the only ones who must enslave and control others… Unfortunately for them… they are the only ones… as no such language exists in the bill. But idiots and liars have many such ridiculous commonalities. It stems from their common ignorance and self-aggrandizement.

  131. Dolothegreat on July 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    WTF? Seriously W. T. F???

  132. Dolothegreat on July 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Why do we care what poor people eat? As long as they’re able to eat then there shouldn’t be a problem but to make it food specific to be poor is utter nonsense and bullshit

  133. mark wyatt on July 10, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    The new “prosperity Jesus ” for special white Christians that are “born again” allows you hammer-frick the poor . Its become an inside joke at my church, and good for quite the laugh . We have the sprinklers pointed where the poor line up for the food bank (mac&cheese) give aways . Its hilarious when the little poor kids are soaking wet in February.

  134. Vicki L Gilbert on July 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    You have got to be kidding, Beans are a source of protien. Canned peas or creamed vegetables, any time you can get a vegetable into a child is a good thing, and rice and potatoes, both are a starch they are inexpensive and are filling. And as far as buying in bulk, its less expensive if you buy certain foods. The GOP in Wisconsin are ridiculous. Talk about dictating peoples lives, sounds unconstitutional to me! Next they will tell you what ply toilet paper your allowed to buy, sorry my mistake they already can’t but toilet paper!

  135. middledebo on July 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    This is beyond sick. I don’t know how anybody can vote for such revolting people.

  136. natsteel on July 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Thank god the Republicans in Wisconsin are there to save the constituents from the Nanny State. Oh wait…

  137. Doug on July 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Small government at its best!

  138. pegleg on July 10, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t understand the logic behind this bill or how much money and time was spent creating it. There is so much food wasted in the United States it’s pathetic. What is wrong with natural/organic foods, soy milk, lactose free milk or bulk? Even potatoes have essential nutrients. Why don’t they ban manufacturers who put all the chemicals, growth hormones and antibiotics in food, not to mention high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and colorings? Those account for many illnesses rich or poor. Maybe they should pass a bill that mandates healthy, wholesome and fresh foods available in areas where people have limited transportation and are at the mercy of whatever is in a gas station or convenience store.

  139. soulquest7 on July 11, 2015 at 7:08 am

    It says they have “taken steps,” but I’ve heard this before. Are they just rehashing an old scare story, or is there something concrete that has been done this time?

  140. [email protected] on July 11, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I don’t believe this article, if it was true they would show the detailed list in the law, this is left wing GARBAGE !!!!

  141. Arletta Gylland Rud on July 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

    These are probably directives that came down from the Koch brothers via the ALEC group, which they ‘own’… Not a potato in their diet?? Why is this? Potatoes are a a luxury item now? Hogwash. As for the person who said they CAN buy these with their money, how ignorant is this remark? People on food stamps/cards often have NO Money…and I know that single people on disability get a whopping $12 a month on their food card. How is one supposed to buy anything when your disability is like $600-700 a month and you have to pay rent and utilities? If you haven’t walked in their shoes, don’t make uninformed comments about them.

  142. TankerKC on July 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Beggars can’t be choosers.

  143. Tim Johnson on July 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I’m pretty sure that the SNAP program is a FEDERAL program. Individual states can pass all the bills they want proclaiming how big of heartless dicks they are, but in the end they will need a federal waiver to change a FEDERAL program and that aint gonna happen. Many states have passed this same shit and not 1 federal waiver issued.

    • TankerKC on July 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Wisconsin can declare themselves a SNAP sanctuary state.

      Besides, NOBODY follows Federal law anymore, silly.

      • Tim Johnson on July 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        Yeah I dont think thats gonna happen though. Also Gay marriage is happening because of some following federal law ya silly goose.

  144. cosmopolite on July 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    This law is paternalistic micromanagement. Setting that aside and granting the validity of the Wisconsin GOP’s intentions, the legislators who drafted this law did not do their homework.

    • TankerKC on July 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      You didn’t read the bill….

      • Tim Johnson on July 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Did you? Not only do they want to tell families what they CAN”T buy, They also want to tell them what they have to buy along the guidelines of WIC.

        • TankerKC on July 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

          Of course I read it. Now that you have, you can see that the wild claims in the article are not true.

          http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab177.pdf

          The only foods explicitly prohibited are: “…crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.”

          Also, nobody is telling anyone what they CAN’T buy. You can buy ANYTHING you want…with YOUR OWN MONEY.

          Beggars can’t be choosers.

          • Tim Johnson on July 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm

            I will give you that, this article is blown way out of proportion true. Unfortunately we dont get to choose where our taxes go. There is a lot of tax $$ going to things that I dont agree with(wars, corporate welfare, defense budget etc) Dont people on assistance pay taxes? Do you think they are all just laying around without jobs eating welfare lobsters? Good grief.



      • cosmopolite on July 12, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        Did you?

  145. YesIhaveone on July 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I don’t get this, especially the bulk food. Geez, what kind of people are you electing in my home state?? Youse are worse than the deep red state I live in now (AL). And we are always in the top 10 for bad things and the bottom for the good things!!

  146. YesIhaveone on July 11, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I tell you I sure am glad my mom is not alive. She would have been screwed. She was on disability and struggled to stay afloat.

  147. makikijoe on July 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    “Anything in bulk” Why not ? It’s a good way to save money. Is the GOP suddenly against saving money ?
    Oh, now I remember !
    They want to save money only on things that benefit the poor. Don’t ask them to cut subsidies to the oil companies.
    Those …….. can’t be cut.

  148. Lyn Burgess on July 12, 2015 at 10:36 am

    This is NOT true. I jut read the actual bill and the only thing banned is shell fish. Do you homework.

  149. Gerald Abrahamson on July 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

    The Bush’s are going to be REALLY pissed (Bush’s Baked Beans).
    Tater Tots are still allowed (NOT make in WI).
    Kids don’t eat canned peas. So it is now illegal to buy this item if using SNAP.
    Toxic Hell (Taco Bell) is REALLY pissed. They sell their products in grocery stores.
    Kids don’t eat creamed vegetables. So now these items can’t be bought using SNAP.
    Just hope his wife gets pregnant and then he *can’t* buy her the pickles she craves.
    Non-cow milk. That is, IMO, illegal. Kids allergic to cow’s milk get…what? WATER? LOL !!!
    Natural/Organic? So whatever FARMERS grow is illegal. Bye-bye Wisconsin farms.
    Bulk food is what most people buy (bags of this and that). Bye-bye BEER and CHEESE.

  150. James Spradling on July 13, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I didn’t see liquor, beer, wine, tobacco, etc. Those make sense. I don’t see much sense in denying someone baked beans. And they mean “foo-foo” organic. ALL food is organic. Just think about it. All we can do is make sure Monsanto didn’t have anything to do with it. Try banning purchases of “frankenfood” and find out how long this ban lasts!

  151. asdf on July 14, 2015 at 3:52 am

    That’s why they fluoridated your brains in America. So they can enslave you and you will always obey…Europeans and Asians would NEVER EVER accept that. They would hit the streets and rebel until the freedom is back. But a fluoridated brain is apathetic, hijacked, will not rise up against the dictators.

  152. Binky Ziemba on July 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

    If it was truly about healthier options I could see eliminating soda pop,candy,sweet cakes,and packaged donuts etc… This is only to shame SNAP recepients and to make it harder to plan how to eat for the month.

  153. SleepyPagan on July 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    You cant fix stupid. I call for a nation wide boycott on the Republican party!! All branches of them. They cannot be trusted to use their brain properly, as the argument on Fox news involving Heraldo Rivera, has proven.

  154. vermontchef on July 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Remember that it is the people of Wisconsin that elected all the elected officials. They WANTED the destruction of the middle class and the enslavement of the poor. The recipients of the spitting contest should be the people of Wisconsin, for being too un-American to live among the good people of America.

  155. Pamela Gullixon on July 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    The vets and vets families should have their own separate help program. I think they’ve earned their own separate program to help with food and enduring else. They’ve Been shit on enough in this country and they deserve steak, lobster, and anything else they want to eat! For the rest of the people (excluding elderly and disabled) the ones that don’t work, do drugs, and sell stamps for money. .. Should have a food only list and aren’t allowed lobster and steak and should only have the minimal allowed maybe then they would get off their butts and pay for it themselves. I work hard for the food I buy at the store and can’t afford steak and lobster so I don’t think it’s fair for the deadbeats that aren’t willing to work top get whatever they want. But With that being said. .. pickles? Really?

  156. mph on July 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    This is another in a long list of reasons Republitards should be lined up and shot.

  157. TrueMama Fox on July 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    The business side of this argument should be used. If you stop businesses from accepting SNAP benefits for these items – who will buy them? So-called “luxury items” are not purchased enough by higher income brackets. So what happens to all of these items that are not purchased. IS the GOP ready to face the backlash from all that food going to waste? Many grocery business rely on the food assistance program to make sure their products sell and are properly rotated. I think that if the focus on this was green – instead of black, white or rich, poor – there would be a different result.

  158. susan slater on July 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    evil is as evil does

  159. Union Lacktivist on July 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I like this article repeatedly using the word shellfish because effing idiots are oblivious. Most people aren’t too fond of welfare scum getting lobster and shrimp with SNAP benefits.

  160. jlm927 on July 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Wow, banning organic foods is certainly going to make poor people healthier.

  161. Julie Hallberg on July 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This is ridiculous! I think most Republicans are evil and should do society a favor and commit suicide!

  162. Russell Smith on July 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Canned peas? The same peas mothers demanded we eat because of starving children in Africa?

  163. jp grace on July 15, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    this is ALL bs… I’m a senior citizen, on total and permanent disability (though I’d actually love to work again, ain’t gonna happen) and yes I get assistance from food share. I also realize the whole “nothing natural/organic” is the GOP’s hat tip to Monsanto and their poison! I do buy organic! and if I can’t spend my foodstamps on it anymore, so be it. I’ll buy less of it. they don’t have a right to poison me with their GMOs or FORCE me to eat them. I’ll just eat more cheerios (no GMOs there either) and walker/monsanto/etc can be damned. I’d rather be starved than poisoned… as long as it’s on MY terms. fuck them (yes, an old lady CAN say that!)

  164. Michelle Arenas on July 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    GOP loves the smaller government argument, unless its about women, and the poor!

  165. Rachael Stark on July 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    ‘Almond, Rice, Goat, Soy Milk’
    WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN WHO ARE LACTOSE INTOLERANT?????!!!!!???! God, I am so angry by this whole damn thing. FOR. REAL.

  166. Scott on July 15, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Another GOP step toward bigger government.

  167. Alexander Thorne on July 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Lots of Veterans on food stamps.. .. just saying. Where is the love for the troops? Oh wait that’s right.. it’s akin to the love for a fetus … short lived. Once the damage is done, the door closes. Night is drawing near for the R party.. the ugliness has just become to blatant, they do not even try to hide it any longer. They are obstructionists and they do not serve the people of the United States of America.

  168. grannylynn on July 16, 2015 at 4:40 am

    I am a conservative but this is stupid. potatoes are high nutrition as well as other things on the list. and baked beans really people buy potatoes because they go a long way when you have little food. also the truth is if you buy shrimp on sale toss with pasta you can feed a whole lot more people then say trying to buy pork chops . and shellfish is full of nutrients. ketchup is essential when you are buying cheaper cut meats to stretch a budget. it is such a myth that people on assistance buy only junk food and expensive foods .

  169. Jennifer Adler on July 16, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Pickles, milk that isn’t dairy, and NATURAL ORGANIC & BULK?!

    I’m sorry……..WHAT?!

  170. Adam Goss on July 16, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    How the hell are CANNED PEAS on this list?! F—ing Wisconsin. I;m starting to hate this state. And if any of you Republicans say one word about me moving elsewhere: here is my preemptive response: GO TO HELL.

  171. faceshaker on July 16, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I’d sure like to see Beam Me Up Scotty Walker live on a food stamp budget for even a week. The puss.

  172. stevor on July 19, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    putting that on the stuff that mooch o’bama recommends is the only to make it palatable!

  173. SlG2 on July 24, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Are they serious? How in the heck are they allowed to do that? People are banned from buying organic foods? And banned from buying canned peas? They are banned from buying anything in bulk!?! Do these people have brains?

  174. Mongocutwood on January 27, 2016 at 7:50 am
  175. Diana Sinclair on February 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    “Anything in bulk”….so I guess the GOP is against saving money, because it is cheaper to buy rolled oats, beans and grains in bulk than it is to buy it prepackaged. And when did baked beans become the satan of food choices?????

  176. Debbie Mullins on March 17, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Hey you guys, can’t you see right through this scheme? No almond, soy, rice or goat milk? The dairy industry has taken a huge hit from these items. Trying to re-coup their losses, they’ve insisted it’s COW’S MILK ONLY for Wisconsin’s poor.
    Bulk items? Bulk bins are lifesavers! Smart’N’Final has rows of them. You can get a scoop of rice for pennies plus other grains, nuts, seeds, oatmeal and more Buy one nut or 100. WHY would they ban all the good, clean food listed above? Oh, Wait–the food isn’t banned, just the level of purity and method of delivery to you. Because the corporations want your money, the government helps them get it by passing laws like this.
    Natural and Organic food banned too? People probably aren’t consuming their GMO/Frankenfood/Round-up as expected. Now it’s the only choice left. People obey better and are easier to control if they’ve eaten them regularly ( and watched plenty of t-e~l-e-v~i-s-i~o-n too )