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Governor LePage Slams Food Stamp Recipients For Buying Things That No Longer Exist

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Infamous buffoon Maine Governor Paul LePage has addressed a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture demanding that he be allowed to tell food stamp recipients what they can or cannot eat.

Federal laws does not allow state governments to restrict what foods recipients can purchase without a waiver from the federal government; a waiver the Department of Agriculture has denied to several states including Maine.

Because Governor LePage has not been given permission to make up his own rules, he's threatening to take his ball and go home.

The letter reads in part:

The Obama administration goes to great lengths to police the menus of K-12 cafeterias but looks the other way as billions of taxpayer dollars finance a steady diet of Mars Bars and Mountain Dew. I can think of only one reason why the federal government would refuse to eliminate junk food from the EBT menu: special interest. Only when Washington politicians stop kowtowing to powerful retail grocer and junk food manufacturing interests will Americans have a respectable food safety net.

I was thinking I haven't even seen a Mars Bar for many years and there's evidently a good reason for that. Mars Bars were discontinued in 2011.

Governor LePage is threatening to cease administration of Maine's food stamp program unless he's given permission to ban food stamp recipients from purchasing discontinued British chocolate bars that haven't been found in grocery stores since a time when LePage was a child.

It's not clear why a so-called small government conservative like Governor LePage would demand that the federal government tell people what they can or cannot eat. LePage may wish to draw a direct parallel to the regulation of school lunch menus, but there is no comparison. Ensuring that kids are provided a meal that meets a minimum level of nutritional value at public school is not the same thing as telling adults how to sustain themselves.

Moreover, it's not clear why a so-called small government conservative like Governor LePage would threaten to relinquish control of the state's food stamp program and allow the federal government to administer it. Does Governor LePage really want to give the federal government more power and more say over the affairs of Maine?

You can read the governor's full letter embedded below.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This fat fuck shouldn’t be telling anyone what to eat.

  • Georgie

    He is talking about obesity, well, I guess. And I have never had a Mars bar, now I’m kind of bummed.

  • waspuppet

    Yes, it’s all contradictory to so-called small-government conservatism, but you have to remember it’s 2016, and even Paul LePage knows you can’t scream “That n!%%@r is NOT the boss of me!” out loud anymore. So this is the next best thing.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I was wondering about that. I haven’t had a Mars bar in years. Now I want one.

    • ninjaf

      I think they are just called a Snickers Almond now.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Not sure if it’s the same recipe, but it might be.

        • ninjaf

          Out of curiosity, I had to look it up.

          Renamed to Snickers Almond as of 2000. 3 ingredients: bottom layer of chocolate and malt flavoured nougat (whipped as of 2002), top layer of caramel and everything coated in milk chocolate. What is sold outside the US as a “Mars Bar” is sold in the US as a “Milky Way.

    • Georgie

      Oops! should have read the comment first, lol.

  • Aynwrong

    Once again, a so called conservative is attacking a government program that is in no way connected to the causes of the economic problems this country or it’s citizens face and is in fact one the things that alleviates the economic suffering of millions and benefits the economy as a whole.

    Yup…he’s a Republican.