Well-meaning idiocy

Posted by  $  blarman 9 months, 2 weeks ago to Government
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What these legislators haven't even looked at is WHY these areas are so-called food deserts. Hello! Rural areas are almost always farming communities, meaning they produce their own food. And inner cities don't sport a lot of stores because they are high crime regions.

This may make elected officials feel good, but government handouts aren't going to do a thing here but enrich a few special interests at costs to the rest of us.
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  • Posted by  $  rainman0720 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    "Healthy Food Access for All Americans (HFAAA) Act".

    What jumps out at me is the use of the word "Healthy" in its name.

    Does that mean these grocery stores will only be allowed to sell low-fat yogurt, and won't be allowed to sell ice cream?

    Will they be allowed to stock rice cakes, but not cookies?

    Will they be forced to sell all manner of diet sodas, but no soft drinks with sugar?

    Will they be allowed to sell fresh vegetables, but be forbidden from selling potato chips?

    There's this thing called the Law of Unintended Consequences, and I see potential for it to be on full display.

    I know the nine scariest words an American can hear have been used here before, but this reminds me of them:

    I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
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  • Posted by evlwhtguy 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Food deserts are typically inner city ares where you can only buy HoHo's, soda and potato chips. That is because the customers in these areas....the welfare queens, wont buy anything else. The notion that Food Deserts are rural farming communities is total bullshit. There is a simple solution to this problem and all the associated health problems like heart disease, childhood obesity etc. Limit the bar codes that an EBT Card will buy food from. No soda, no HoHo's, no potato chips. Only the foods that the liberal granola chompers approve of. I cant believe the former first lady...fat ass...didn't think of this....I mean she was so concerned about childhood nutricion.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Why not use the useless abandon buildings to grow food hydroponically, providing jobs at the same time.
    Many such projects are going on in chicago, nyc and london...
    I guess it's too much of a stretch for the bicameral brains we find in governments...it's probably way to "Free Market" for them...that would be blasphemy within their circle of idiots.
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    • Posted by  $  Dobrien 9 months, 2 weeks ago
      Great idea OUC , so don't expect much from government on the national level. Local govt may
      Be more open to recycling abandoned properties to increase the tax base. Indoor farming will be absolutely essential as we move into the grand solar minimum as you know.
      With the increase in food prices due to poor AG yields the free market if left alone will find the needed production.
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  • Posted by chad 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    No matter what the problem is the best solution is to let people solve it themselves. Government intervention always depends on the ability to use violence to steal from one and give to another, thereby always creating another problem of greater consequence than the one they wanted to solve. I also suspect that the government 'problem solvers' were never interested in the people they were 'helping' in the first place. They are only interested in helping themselves.!
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    It isn't just high crime inner cities that are food deserts. Grocery stores, even in good locations, have abominably low profit margins (1-2%), and the high cost of leasing space in big city centers makes it difficult for them to survive. If they increase prices to stay afloat, the poor can't afford them, and the wealthy will either shop in the suburbs or have groceries delivered. Online food delivery is a growing industry, and appears to threaten established brick and mortar groceries. Some storefront grocers are allying themselves with the delivery companies to stay alive.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    CTYankee got it right.If you want to do it voluntarily go right ahead. But blarman is right also. A waste that will only increase dependency, so idiocy is the right word.
    Objectivists: One eyed persons living in the valley of the blind.
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  • Posted by Domminigan 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    I've got a few food deserts in my city. The areas that are now deserted worked really hard to ensure they would be deserted.
    It would be a shame to see the legislators work against the concentrated effort of a community like that.
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  • Posted by wiggys 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    moran is a moron as are those in bed with him.
    let him tell those Kansan's to get a job so they too can if they chose get a desert.
    moran should also get a job.
    well meaning is not the correct observation it is more like control. if a civil servant came into my grocery store and told me I had to stop selling ice cream by government decree he might wake up in the dumpster.
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    • Posted by  $  9 months, 2 weeks ago
      "well meaning is not the correct observation it is more like control."

      Of course it is. Most policy disasters, however, start out with a laudable end goal in mind, they just seek to go about achieving the goal in an ineffective (and usually costly) manner. That's why I point out that these legislators are failing to recognize the true causes behind their proposed fix. If they did that, they'd recognize that their "solutions" wouldn't address the true problems at all.
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  • Posted by  $  Abaco 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    I find this very interesting, actually. I'm not saying I am in favor of this action by gubment. But, the article reminds me of vast stretches of urban areas around here in Norcal - where there are lots of poor people and no grocery stores for them to shop at. It's unfortunate that a kid in a poor family has to deal with that. But, the problem isn't addressed in this solution. For here, around the state capital, I think back about 20+ years ago when the mayor of the city was writing letters to DC saying we wanted all our military bases closed. So, they closed them and moved the jobs to other parts of the countries. The neighborhoods around those abandoned bases match what is described here - hoods filled with dirty streets, people living in tents, grocery carts all over the place, etc. Why not just get out of the way of the economy? No...they have to screw it up.
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