The poors shouldn’t eat fish

Jon Stewart on the curious wingnut obsession about poor people eating fish:

On Tuesday night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart focused on Republican opposition to food stamps. The stated reason for opposing aid to the hungry is food stamp fraud, Stewart noted, before indulging in a little bit of light debunking. But amid all the tall tales of people using their food stamps to gamble and buy gym memberships, he noticed a strange obsession on Fox News with indignantly judging what kinds of actual food people are buying with food stamps.

The conservative annoyance over food stamps being used on junk food? Stewart said he could understand that: Maybe low-income people should be using taxpayer financed aid to eat healthy — like seafood. “People say, ‘eat more fish,” he said. “Why can’t you spend it on that?” Nope. Roll tape of Fox pundits criticizing food stamp purchases of fresh fish and organic produce. Alright, Stewart asked conservatives, “what’s the right mixture of quality and class-based shame poor people should aim for in their meal planning?”

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  1. “…criticizing food stamp purchases of fresh fish and organic produce…”

    Outrage over ‘organic produce’ is easy to understand. Even though the USDA has horribly mangled the definition of “organic” to allow way too many companies to claim their products are grown in that manner, “organic” still implies something other than produce production by Big Ag monoculture methods.

    “Organic” implies ‘care for the Earth’. Therefore, of course Fox would hate it.

    “Fresh fish”?? Well, it said “fresh” didn’t it? That is way too good for the ‘poors’. Now, if they’d bought it in a box from the reduced price/’got to move it or lose it’ old frozen food section – it might have been OK.

    But “fresh”? Bah. The poors are just getting uppity.

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