Sunday, November 25, 2012
"Insensitve" to suggest that the poor might not have much to eat
From my observations as a former boarding-house owner, the only poor people who do not have enough to eat are the ones who first spend up on "essentials" like beer and cigarettes
As record numbers of Americans spend Thanksgiving on food stamps, one Fox news presenter has offered some advice - treat the experience as a great way to lose those extra pounds.
TV host Andrea Tantaros compared food stamps - which provide an average monthly budget of $133 - to being on a diet.
Ms Tantaros was asked by co-host Stuart Varney, during Wednesday's broadcast of The Five on Fox Business, if she could live on that amount.
She told Fox viewers: 'I should try it because do you know how fabulous I’d look? 'I’d be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds ten pounds, it really does.'
Social media lit up with thousands of outraged responses following Ms Tantaros' off-hand remarks.
One tweet from @imthepain29 read: 'She can lose lbs but she can't lose Ugly.'
Another tweeted at the presenter said: 'Lucky you can diet by choice, not poverty.'
She later highlighted a Department of Agriculture radio advert that had compared food stamps to a healthy eating plan.
The 33-year-old later added: 'Food stamps were sold as a fitness plan to "look great" by our liberal, dense government - remember?