Monday, April 12, 2010

A "Public Option" For Grocery Stores

Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) proposes what is essentially a "public option" for grocery stores:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand proposed $1 billion in loans and grants Monday to help build 2,100 grocery stores in areas around the nation that lack access to fresh food.

Gillibrand said the measure would help about four million New York residents living in so-called food deserts by providing the funding for more than 350 stores statewide, many in low-income areas. Modeled on a similar program in Pennsylvania, the legislation would provide startup grants and loans in rural and urban areas to expand access to fresh food and to create jobs.

Because the hundreds of billions currently being redistributed to the poor in exchange for their vote to give government ever-increasing power just isn't enough. Medicare, disability benefits, WIC, food stamps, and all the other federal welfare programs are underserving the poor.

Thankfully, such a ridiculous expansion has no chance whatsoever of passing.

The Obama administration has already dedicated $345 million in his 2011 budget for a similar proposal.


Senator Gillibrand is yet another reason to repeal the 17th Amendment.

Hat tip: DrewM. at Ace of Spades

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