Wisconsin, The First Amendment, and Humiliating the Poor
Lawyers, Guns, and Money has an infographic about new restrictions for cheese and egg purchases for food stamp recipients in Wisconsin.
The comments section at LGM already covers the big problems including that most of the restrictions are meaningless (white and brown eggs are identical), seem to be more about making life extra-hard for the poor (16 ounce cheese blocks are harder to find than 8 ounce or 2 pound cheese blocks), etc. The most interesting restriction is a ban on Kosher cheese “(unless written on check)”.
No one can quite figure out what this means. Does it mean that people who want Kosher cheese need to register with the government? Do they need to prove their Judaism? Are their foodstamps going to be stamped with a J? Doesn’t this discriminate against Kosher cheese makers.
I’ve long had a theory that politicians only care about the constitution when they can use it as an opposition force against the other-side. The other-side is always unconstitutional. This section of Wisconsin’s law kind of proves it.