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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: September 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm •  Published: September 20, 2013

Roe's “Healthy Food Choices Act” would change the food guidelines for SNAP so they largely duplicate the guidelines of the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which has far more restrictions on the types of food that can be purchased with taxpayer dollars. In a statement, Roe, a doctor, said, “If these guidelines are good and healthy enough for women and children, then SNAP recipients should also benefit from adhering to the same standards.”

In 2009, the federal stimulus bumped food stamp benefits. The increase is now ending, proving that some reductions are possible. Still, 628,956 Oklahomans were on food stamps in August, a record number in a state with a relatively healthy economy.

The Obama administration often touts alleged national economic gains. Yet that message is undermined when liberals insist food stamp dependence should in no way decline or be reined in during what they claim is an economic recovery — especially when food stamps may actually be contributing to obesity harming the people the program is supposed to help.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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