February 8 2016
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One commentator thinks the USDA offering ideas for celebrating spring's arrival is a misuse of federal taxpayer dollars.
In a continuing promotion for its MyPlate and Food and Nutrition Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering recipes for various dishes, desserts, and snacks. That includes a recipe and directions for fruit kabobs, or shish kebabs made out of fruit.
Julie Gunlock, senior fellow for the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), says it is the perfect example of a government that has gotten too big.
"There is no reason that the USDA should be giving people this sort of information in a day and age when we have the Internet and Pinterest and all sorts of things giving us ideas on how to celebrate spring," Gunlock argues. "So, this is clearly a misuse of federal taxpayer dollars and frankly an abuse on the part of the USDA to be wasting taxpayer dollars with this sort of nonsense."
USDA also offers "Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Homes" and "Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Schools."
"It is just insane that we have a federal agency that's doing this," the IWF senior fellow reiterates. "This is not the role of the federal government, to offer recipes or tips on how to organize your refrigerator, and taxpayers should know this is where their tax dollars are going."