While Congress debates how to cure America's massive debt problem, let me offer a doctor's prescription: five smart cuts could save taxpayers $383 billion and make Americans healthier at the same time.
NY's proposal for a two-year pilot project to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from allowable food stamp benefits is based not only on evidence linking them to obesity, but also the fact that they have absolutely no nutritional value.
Legislation passed by House Republicans (no Democrats voted for it) slashed $747 million -- about 10 percent -- from the 2011 budget for the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children.
Here's a chilling fact: over 1 in 5 children spent the year in poverty. And unlike wages or productivity figures, that's not just an indicator of the economy right now. It's a forecaster of things to come. Children, after all, grow up.
Poor kids will not be able to learn as well or as easily as they could if they were not feeling the pangs of hunger and stress and illness that come with poverty. Poverty is not a partisan issue, but a moral one.
While the improvements to the quality of foods provided by our child nutrition programs is a strong step forward, there are two shortfalls to the legislation that the House should consider before taking up the Senate bill.