Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker (D) has a talent for generating buzz. So when one of his Twitter followers insisted this week that no one in America is so poor he or she can’t afford breakfast, Booker challenged the man to join him in living on $133 in food stamps for a week.
The next evening, Fox Business’ Stuart Varney was discussing the story with The Five‘s Andrea Tantaros. Her unique take was that food stamps would be a great diet.
“I should try it because do you know how fabulous I’d look?” Tantaros said. “The camera really does add ten pounds.”
Beyond being callous to the millions of Americans who depend on food assistance, Tantaros is ignoring the challenges that Americans who are unemployed or work for low pay face trying to feed themselves on a limited budget. It’s not just easier to eat when you have more money, it’s easier to eat healthy.
A study found that a person’s body mass grows higher the further he or she lives from a market. Many poor neighborhoods lack markets that provide fresh produce and groceries. In addition, a healthy diet demands time and planning that are tough to spare when struggling to feed a family.
Of course this is another excellent time to remind you that the counties where food-stamp consumption is growing predominantly vote Republican.