Mike Coffman, our Shmuck of the Week, says food stamps cause kids to get fat

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Colorado food banks have seen "a staggering increase in need," the Denver Post reported this week, and 12.2 percent of households "were categorized as food insecure in 2009."

The answer, according to Republican U.S. Representative Mike Coffman: cut off food stamps.

"The current food-stamp program is a contributor to childhood obesity, diabetes and learning disorders," he told the Post.

Right. Let the fatties starve.

And college scholarships cause people to get dumber and condoms cause STDs. Thanks for sage advice Mike. You are a Shmuck.

Check out more Shmucks in our Shmuck of the Week archive -- and read about our first Shmuck of the Year candidate, Josh McDaniels.

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