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Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Next Statist Reaction to the SNAP Challenge

I'm sure my fellow wingnuts have heard of the SNAP Challenge and the rebuttal to the SNAP Challenge.

We must remember that the statist reaction to an assertion that “We don't need this government program when people can do X instead” is almost always to force people to do X. The reaction to “We don't need gasoline price controls because we can drive less instead or use smaller cars” is to force people to drive less or use smaller cars. The reaction to “We don't need expanded Medicaid because much health care spending is wasted” is force people to not waste supposedly scarce health-care resources.

What the above means is that their reaction to our reaction to the SNAP Challenge will be to force people to spend less on food. Downscale fast food that might tempt the poor will be banned. It will be forbidden to buy prepared food unless you can prove your financial ability to pay for it (and grad students can say goodbye to ramen noodles). Individual-size portions are right out.


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