What’s wrong with this picture?
This government funded meal of pizza, cherry pie, fruit bar, lettuce and chocolate milk is supposed to help children whose parents cannot afford to pay for their meals.
Let’s take a closer look at what goes into this government funded meal.
- The iceberg lettuce was most likely grown on a megafarm, assisted with herbicides and pesticides. Large scale factory farms lobby heavily to push small farms and “unregulated” farmers out of business via burdensome regulations or unnecessary licensing.
- The meat, milk and cheese in the lunch are all likely from dairy cows that are housed in a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation and fed an unnatural diet of grains to make the animal gain weight as fast as possible. The cow might potentially be fed with growth hormones. The hormones, in one fashion or another, pass through the child’s body.
- The packaging, dessert wrapping, and utensils are all likely produced by a factory in China. There is a good chance the factory waste will not be disposed of properly. The revenues from the sale of these goods, in some fashion, support the Communist party, which routinely suppresses free speech, civil liberties and opinions critical of the government. The shipping voyage from China burned through finite resources such as oil and gas before reaching their final destination.
- The corn that produced the high fructose corn syrup in the flavored milk, “fruit bar” and cherry pie most likely came from federally subsidized agribusiness enterprises. The cycle of farm subsidies, campaign contributions and re-electing those who approve farm subsidies allows the cycle of market distortion to continue. Government chooses to support certain, favored industries which hurts other producers and industries that do not receive those same subsidies.
- The government worker handing out this meal will potentially collect overtime for summer work and, eventually, a pension, which the city receiving this assistance has probably not fully funded. The employee, most likely a union member, will vote for whichever candidate their union has financially supported with tax dollars from the community. The government employee handing out this meal cannot provide the care, attention, and atmosphere of a loving household.
- The child, eating this meal, begins the slow march towards diabetes, cancer and other ailments from eating a lifetime of nutrient-devoid, heavily processed food. Having a diet so high in sugar at such a young age will likely make them less likely to choose healthier food in the long run.
- The wasted food and packaging will finally head to a landfill where it will rot. The annual cost to simply dispose of wasted food is around $1bn per year.
- To fund this program, the federal government had to borrow the money, tax its citizens or print the money. All monetary costs will most likely be paid by persons other than the beneficiaries of this program.
The producers of this meal will continue to fund the production of unhealthy, environmentally damaging food. They will continue to reinvest their revenues, in some fashion, to expand their enterprise and keep this cycle going.
The consumers of this meal, poor schoolchildren, will learn that free food is a right, provided for by others and not worth enjoying, savoring or preparing.
The parent, absolved of their most basic responsibilities as an adult human, is shielded from the feedback loop of sacrifice, self-reliance, and caring for their young. They will not have to approach friends, family, a church, or a charitable organization to deal with their realities of being unwilling or unable to feed their own children.
Every decision has consequences, both explicit and implicit. All that matters in life are our decisions.
The consequences of supporting these priorities are profound. Constructive outcomes are totally avoided and destructive choices are encouraged.
The cycle continues.
Attempting to help “feed poor schoolchildren” is making our world poorer, in every possible sense of the word.
Must read article by ZeroHedge which succinctly states why they have enjoyed such success and why the “financial media” are now playing catch-up.
Watching pretty faces like Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper and Charlie Gibson fade into oblivion is a delight; the fewer adults watching these powerpoint presentations of repetitive Democrat vs. Republican nonsense, sound-bite reporting and oversimplifications, the better.
Jaywalking is a good representation of the effects of 12+ years of schooling and “news” on our culture.
Takeaway: Your mind is the most powerful “muscle” in your body. Keep it in shape by reading and conversing with those you disagree with and those that challenge your existing views. Watching 22.5 minutes of political gossip and sponsor-approved stories will rot your brain.
It is not under-education or an inability to think critically which part people from their money, it is their uncontrolled emotions. Faced with purchasing a house which they know is unaffordable or choosing to rent they will not bother to run the comparison as long as it is their dream and “someone” told them they could. Had grumpy old Mr. Critical Thought been allowed to show up and run a spread sheet or put the numbers into Quicken they (the cold, emotionless reality of the numbers) would have irrefutably deprived them of their “dream”.
This drama plays out everyday at different levels across the spectrum of human psychology, the food you should not eat because you are morbidly obese, the years-old but never used exercise equipment in the garage, the spouse or partner who is abusive but you can’t leave, the dress, shoes, house, boat, car you have to buy but cannot afford, the candidates we vote for because we like the way they part their hair. The inconsistencies, contradictions and convolutions are endless and mind-boggling to the point of madness to the observer.
Facing your inconsistencies and contradictions is a never-ending battle. To avoid succumbing to negativity and false senses of happiness (mindless consumerism, distractions, addictions/vices), I’ve found the following help:
- Surrounding yourself with friends, family that support and encourage your growth as a human.
- Feeding your brain positive information (listening to and engaging your mind in positive thoughts).
- Being introspective (journaling, silent thought) and determining your own value system, not one that your parents/your society gives you.
- Being consciously aware of your own strengths, weaknesses and limitations. Actively working to tilt the playing field in your favor.
- Being honest with yourself, your lifestyle and those around you. Honesty is sanity.
Takeaway: Life is too short to waste time with distractions. Since your mind can be your best friend or worst enemy, it makes sense to work on your attitude/worldview/values to have more peace of mind.
Beautiful. Minutes 3 – 4 are the best.
Anytime you feel sympathy and/or hope for Obama, just remember he appointed this dirtbag and re-appointed Bernanke.
Amazing how Mr. Hope and Change is opposed to auditing the Fed and fully supports those who fed us a massive spoonful of corporate welfare.
Takeaway: Governments are power structures which are abused/manipulated. Giving up power/money to the government to fix our economy, environment, schools or anything is a mistake. Audit the Fed.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
Two “answers” which speak volumes of our leaders:
- At 1:12, Jon Stewart asks “Are we broke?”, Goolsbee replies “No”.
Bizarre. It seems that a country running trillion dollar deficits and unable to function without borrowing money could be classified as “broke”, but not to our leaders.
- At 4:20, Goolsbee says: “When you’re looking in the face of the next Great Depression that’s not the time to tighten the belt”
Indeed, when has there *ever* been a time when either party thought it would be a good idea to tighten the belt and stop borrowing? Heaven forbid we curtail spending on military/”the children”/retirees/politically connected segments of the population.
Takeaway: Leaders will do what it takes (lie, obfuscate, deceive) to accrue political capital. It is not in their interest to be honest with us, especially when our borrowing/spending based economy relies on confidence that “everything will be ok”. A system heading over a cliff due to instability cannot be solved with more of the same pathetic ideas (reliance on debt, policy tweaks) that got us here.