Food for Thought

The connection between food and politics in American has been present ever since our ancestors threw the British tea overboard.

Older readers may remember when Michael Dukakis tried to address the farm issue in his 1988 campaign against George Bush by suggesting the nation take up growing  Belgian endive. Or George Bush’s predeliction towards pork rinds and adamant dislike of broccoli. Lately there has been the cookie contest between First Lady candidates used as an indicator of the presidential winner.

Michelle Obama has taken up the cooking glove with her White House garden, railings against fat in foods and insistance that we all put down that hamburger for  a veggie patty or salmon fillet.

She has also promoted the idea of stopping “food deserts,” described as groceries  in inner city areas  that lack sufficient (in her mind) fruits and vegetables.

In today’s newspaper columnist Wendy Thomas decries this lack and mentions Steve Cohen’s plans to promote legislation to address this problem. You can bet it means more tax money from us. He can add it to his other great legislative idea to increase the number of  women’s bathrooms as one of the high points of his career.

Anyway, she thinks the road to a greater America is through our digestive tract.

She mentions the Binghamton area as one that has stores with “spoiled meat, full of flies and where bologna costs less than a head of lettuce.”

Perhaps the people in that area do not want fruits and vegetables and the free market rules. They are free to make a choice whether or not she likes it.

I have also seen many yards with gardens in that area. I do not think, as she does, that just because people are poor they don’t know what vegetables are, how to grow them or dislike them.

Must the government get a seat at our table? Funny that while we are told to restrain ourselves Uncle Sam is a glutton when he fills his plate.

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