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Should all states provide seniors with free restaurant meals?   The Consumer You: Marketplace

Started Apr-26 by Showtalk; 1992 views.
Showtalk

Poll Question From Showtalk

Apr-26

Should all states provide seniors with free restaurant meals?
  • Yes, of course3  votes
    16%
  • Maybe, I'm not sure0  votes
    0%
  • Only if they can choose the restaurants1  vote
    5%
  • Not with the restrictions they put on the restaurants2  votes
    11%
  • This is pure socialism and an excuse for government to take over restaurants4  votes
    22%
  • No, just no3  votes
    16%
  • I don't have an opinion0  votes
    0%
  • No5  votes
    27%
Yes, of course 
Maybe, I'm not sure 
Only if they can choose the restaurants 
Not with the restrictions they put on the restaurants 
This is pure socialism and an excuse for government to take over restaurants 
No, just no 
I don't have an opinion 
No 
In reply toRe: msg 1
Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-26

The state chooses the restaurants and dictates what they can serve (no soft drinks, low sodium and low sugar)

In reply toRe: msg 2
Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-26

There is one more restriction I didn’t see. They must have been exposed to coronavirus.  That is dangerous! How many will expose themselves just to get free food?

In reply toRe: msg 3
Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-26

A few votes but no comments.  I have not voted..

The worrisome thing is the restrictions, and the whole tested positive thing. It seems on the surface to be a new form of virtue signaling, and also a new facet of socialism because the authoritarian might of the State seems to be dictating exactly who and where, and at least my interpretation was it probably isn't much of a choice of those specific restaurants.

In other words, the strings attached seem like a recipe for disaster because of the typical "one size fits all" policies that seem to have come out government over the past 40 years that then eventually metastasize into a Gordian Knot of red tape.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-27

It was explained to me by one of my kids, who can be smarter than I am at times that the government already supplies meals to at risk seniors through Meals on Wheels.  There is limited funding for this so they need to restrict or ration how many they give out.  They also need to keep their costs down.  So any restaurant chosen will have some limited income from this but it’s not going to replace being open and serving the public.  It can be a benefit to seniors who can’t get out at all and can’t afford home delivery.  It also keeps them out of hospitals.  

My personal feeling is that this is going to be very temporary for a lot of reasons.  

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Apr-27

I think one question that needs an answer is:  is this meant to help all homebound seniors, only seniors with financial hardship like Meals on Wheels, or is the goal to get restaurants income?

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

Apr-27

I do not need nor want a meal filled with dairy and starches to stretch it.
Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-27

That is an interesting question.  The media first said it was going to save restaurants but the articles made it sound like it was for seniors who are ill, alone, and make under $72,000 a year.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Apr-27

They claim the meals must have fresh fruit or vegetables, low salt and low sugar.  The restaurants themselves can’t sell soft drinks.  Does that mean they can’t add them to the meals or that they ant sell them at all?  

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