Friday, April 24, 2015

USDA wants us to eat stale food

The Obama Administration's United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has now started an initiative to encourage people to stop wasting food.  The goal is to get people toughen up, even if it requires holding their noses, and eat expired and stale food.  In other words, they want us to be just like cows and horses who are often forced to eat months-old bales of hay.

The initiative was started because the USDA claims that as much as 36 pounds of food is wasted per month. While we are wasting food, there are people who are starving in the world.  While we are wasting food, there are entire nations -- like Ethiopia -- that are starving.  So the solution to this, rather than teaching these people how to get food, is to tell us that we are spoiled, rich, greedy people who eat more than our fair share and waste too much.

Have you ever made macaroni and cheese for kids?  That stuff tastes good, and so that's what kids want to eat.  So you make a box, and then your kids eat two bites and decide they are done.  When I was a kid my parents would make me sit at the table until my food was eaten.  But I don't do this, because I think all that does is encourage poor eating habits.

So then you have leftovers.  But have you ever eaten leftover macaroni and cheese?  My kids hardly ever do, and I never do. Why? Because it tastes terrible.  So now you have this new Obama initiative that wants us to grin and bear the nasty taste of food, regardless of the expiration date; regardless of taste.

What good does this do anyway?  What does it accomplish?  How many starving kids are going to be fed by me not wasting food?  How many degrees of global temperatures are going to be cut by me eating yucky food that I don't want to eat?

Look, there is plenty of food in this world for every person to eat twice over. The problem isn't that there isn't enough food, it's that people don't know how to access the food.  For instance, in the United States, where capitalism exists, people have an incentive to grow and produce foods. The incentive is they can make a profit helping others.

Then you take a country like Ethiopia that is run by a totalitarian dictatorship, and most of the people are starving.  It's not that there isn't enough food in that country, it's because they don't know how to gain access to it, or they can't afford to grow it.

Liberals like Obama see the solution to this kind of problem as blaming the spoiled rich people of the world who eat more than their fair share and waste it.  But if I eat all my food, what good does that do the people of Ethiopia?  What good does it do for the hungry anywhere?

The real solution is to teach capitalism.  Where capitalism exists people don't go hungry.  Where capitalism exists people have an incentive to grow and manufacture food, and they can afford to gain access to it and to get it to the people.  Where capitalism exists people can afford to buy food.

The real solution is to get rid of Michelle Obama's school lunch program, which feeds kids food that looks and tastes terrible, causing kids to just toss it in the trash and go hungry.

Surely, even in the world's richest nations, people are still going to be poor and go hungry.  There is never going to be this euphoric world where poverty and hunger are all conquered.  That kind of stuff only happens in progressive dreams.

Still, where capitalism exists, when government removes obstacles -- such as high taxes and regulations -- from their paths, the greatness of people shows.  Right here in Ludington, Michigan, food is collected every day from good people to help feed the hungry at food shelters.  So no one should go hungry in Ludington.

But that's not good enough for the Obama Administration.  They saw a problem of hunger, said they had empathy for the hungry, and then came up with a solution that involved their experts telling average Americans how to run their lives.

The truth is that it is not a solution.  This is just another way for them to micromanage people's lives.  It is just another way for them to feel good about themselves while accomplishing absolutely nothing.

You see, this is the kind of stuff that just makes people mad.  We don't want to be told what to do.  But you have people in Washington, mostly progressives, whether they be republicans or democrats, who think they know what's best for us.

So they come up with these ideas whereby we are told what we have to do because we are too stupid, or to insensitive, or too greedy.  They say we are profligate wasters, and so we need to be told by the government to eat all our food, even if it is expired, stale, tasteless and gross.

So, what comes next?  I mean, this is the nanny state who decides they know what's best for us.  In California they are telling people already how long they can take showers.  The goal is to do this for all of us. The goal is to force us to live the way they want us to live, whether we believe in their theories or not.

It's already started.  They want to ration healthcare, ration medicine, ration water, ration food, ration gas, and force you to eat stale food (mush).  This goes right along with forcing people to comply with rules and regulations in the name of man made climate change because we're too stupid to see it as a fact.

And you wonder why kids in this country are sad and depressed.  They are told what to believe, and how to act.  They are forced to eat food they don't want.  And told if they don't do as they are told, they too will be contributing to the destruction of the planet.

They've even created an app that helps people better calculate how long after the expiration date food can still be safely eaten.  I mean, this is all fine and dandy if it's something you want to do.  If you want to save money on food by making your food last longer, so be it.  I'm a free choice guy.

Other than that, there is no benefit to eating mush.