“Mobile grocers cashing in with food stamp users” read the headline in the Houston Chronicle. The story was about how much business is booming for mobile grocery businesses in Texas’ largest city.

“Why is business booming? The Lone Star Card, the food stamp-enabled debit card that has soared in use over the past two years, with a million more Texans added since 2008. As of July, more than 3.6 million had Lone Star Cards,” reported the Chronicle.

“We rarely get cash,” said Keidrick James, a Randy Fine Foods manager. He told the paper that “99.1” percent of the company’s customers are Lone Star Card holders. He also explained that the frozen meat, chicken strips, catfish nuggets and the like are not the big seller. What is?

“…junk food is the big seller. Pop Tarts, Famous Amos and Oreo cookies. Honey buns, candy bars and corn dogs. Laffy Taffy and cheesecake,” the story said.

This is infuriating. We’ve expanded food stamps by over a million people in Texas since Obama was elected and now have over 3.6 million people having you buy their food for them. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, now we learn that big numbers of them are getting high-price to-their-door delivery service of welfare junk food.

Note to Texas legislators: No one who lets this binge on junk food and grocery delivery service on our dime slide by in the next session without reform should call himself a conservative – or even a responsible citizen.

Pratt on Texas

Robert Pratt has been active in Texas Republican politics since the Reagan re-elect in 1984. He has served as Lubbock County Republican chairman, and in 2006 founded the Pratt on Texas radio network, providing the news and commentary of Texas on both radio and podcast. Learn more at www.PrattonTexas.com.


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