Trump said at a rally in Tampa, Florida that you need to show identification to buy groceries. (We have to show proof of age to buy alcoholic beverages.) My reaction was the usual eyeroll, followed by mild horror: Any regime that would confiscate children is not above restricting access to food.
Recent new tariffs will cause farmers to lose foreign customers so the federal government has to pay the farmers to keep them afloat for a while. The government now has some financial control over our domestic food sources. An ID system could be used to limit the purchase of necessities.
In a 2010 interview (video here: https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/08/02/donald-trump-voter-id-grocery-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn ) Trump said he had never been to a “food market.” The attendees at this week’s Florida rally didn’t correct him so until his prompt social media mocking, I doubt he knew how household food-procurement works.
And I pondered this as I did the weekly shopping: What if this wasn’t some off-handed gaffe but a warning? Will coffee be rationed? (I’m not much fun without coffee.) At this point, I can only hope my future food card’s headshot looks nicer than the one on my drivers license.