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Mar 08 2012

Laying the Groundwork for Nationalizing Food

Barack Hussein Obama needs to be reelected because his work is not done. No socialist has finished the job until he has removed guns from private hands and seized control of the food supply. At least Obama has been laying the groundwork. Progress on the food front:

The administration’s definition of a “food desert” — an urban area where a significant share of the population lives more than one mile from a grocery store — came under the microscope during a Health and Human Services appropriations hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Questioning HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Republican lawmaker said it was likely most of those present at the hearing lived a mile from their nearest grocery store.

“Do you think that definition should be revisited, because one of the things is, if you are in an urban area a mile away from a grocery store you’re in a food desert — which I would think in so many cases is ridiculous,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.). “Have you thought of — have you looked at their definition?”

“Ah, we have sir,” Sebelius responded.

“And you think it’s a good one?” Kingston asked.

“Well, I think it’s very difficult for a family buying groceries — if they have to walk a mile with bags of groceries, it may be too far to get healthier food,” Sebelius said.

According to liberal ideology, the fictional childhood obesity crisis is exacerbated by oppressed minorities having to travel more than a mile to get to a large grocery store. As a result, they are forced to spend their welfare checks on Twinkies at the nearest 7-11.

Anyone wondering why the federal government would concern itself with the location of supermarkets is referred to the tactics used by Joseph Stalin to pacify the Ukraine.

Enjoy the cornucopia of fresh products for sale at the grocery store while you can. After Big Government solves the imaginary “food desert” problem by taking over food distribution, we will be waiting in line for hours in hopes of a black potato.

Shopping at a communist supermarket.

On a tip from Steve A.

31 Responses to “Laying the Groundwork for Nationalizing Food”

  1. AC says:

    “A well regulated diet, being necessary to the health and security of a socialist state, the right of the people to be issued and consume pink slime shall not be infringed.”

    Right, lao?

  2. Momster says:

    My friend, Ludmilla, moved to my town in the early 80’s. Her first impression when going to the local supermarket was “Ooohhh, all that meat and no armed guards!” She was astounded when a woman picked up an unguarded package of meat, examined it, and placed it back in the case. She said if you got your hands on a piece of mean in Leningrad you hung onto it for dear life. If there was a lineforming, you got in line–you would eventually find out what it was for. If there was a line for it, it had to be good.

    Now, 30 years later, she is used to the way things are here.

    Now look for it all to change. God save the United States of America.

  3. Momster says:

    meat in Leningrad–not mean oops

  4. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    I visited the Soviet Union twice in the early ’70’s while I was a Russian major in college. I was in Leningrad during the summer and went to a small store where all they had for sale was indeed black potatoes and cabbage. For a day or two there were strawberries and oranges, outrageously expensive, that were sold on the streets. The store labelled “Meat” had a guy sitting at a small table with a couple of cuts of raw meat on butcher paper, no refrigeration, flies in the small room. I didn’t go into the store labelled “Fish” because I did not want to see what it smelled like. IT was pathetic.

    My favorite story about that is a part of the 1984 movie called Moscow on the Hudson. Robin Williams defects to NY. While staying with a local family, he is asked to go to the store and pick up coffee. A scene shows him wandering up and down the coffee aisle with hundreds of choices of coffee. He comes home with no coffee. When asked why he replies, ‘I didn’t know what kind to buy. I never had a choice before.’

  5. Noelegy says:

    The thing that aggravates me the most about this “food desert” nonsense is the inherent assumption that if these poor people just had access to fresh, healthy food, that they would then make the right choices. If people on food stamps today are anything like people on food stamps were 20 years ago, when I was working at a grocery store, I can guarantee you that this just isn’t so. They’re going to buy what they want to eat, and no amount of meddlesome lawmaking and expensive government buttinsky tactics is going to change that.

  6. Noelegy says:

    P.S. I’ll also add that you eat what you’re used to. Kids raised on chicken nuggets and fast food won’t suddenly crave green vegetables just because they’re available just around the corner.

  7. Hail The Amberlamps! says:

    The nation is a chessboard, the white (I must be rayciss) pieces are individual freedoms. The black pieces represent pieces of a total soviet strategy, the offensive multi moveables are cloaked with the suffix “justice.” But the checkmate move will contain the key x-justices that form another evil empire.

    You? You are a pawn to be sacrificed for the good of the ultimate utopian collective.

  8. AC says:

    Liberals have a problem with understanding cause and effect.

    The marked up junk food is there because the market is demanding it, with that demand largely driven by a culture of welfare dependency and perpetual poor decision making.

    Of course, the leftists with this agenda will not come around to reality, just as they believe that the abundance of pawn shops, check cashers, and liquor stores in the hood is part of a white racist conspiracy to keep poor people down, rather than a response to local patterns of commerce. The nutters behind the push for food fascism in South Central LA in the 2000’s were blaming white gun merchants in the 90’s and the CIA for the crack in the 80’s.

  9. starkness says:

    Hey TrickleUp

    You’re right. “Moscow on the Hudson”, even though it was not a critical success, was a very entertaining movie. I especially enjoyed the part when the guys brought two or three rolls of toilet paper home. Now my best friend at work from St. Petersburg (once known as Leningrad) can tell you about one day when his brother came home from Moscow with a roll of toilet paper, acting like he had won the lottery. This was in 1960 or so. It turns out that as he was coming home from business in Moscow and returning to St. Pete, they put him on an international flight to Finland (where they had to issue real toilet paper as a matter of courtesy and business). Otherwise you get fingers or Pravda (take your pick). Anyway, he goes to the can, sees the full roll, and stashes it in his suit pocket. When he gets home to his miserable communal apartment in Leningrad, he holds the roll high over his head like he’d won the lottery and says “Hey Ma, I’ve got toilet paper!”

  10. Houston says:

    I always like to include this link for those who don’t know about the food policies of the old USSR.
    [ ] Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, set in motion events designed to cause a famine in the Ukraine to destroy the people there seeking independence from his rule. As a result, an estimated 7,000,000 persons perished in this farming area, known as the breadbasket of Europe, with the people deprived of the food they had grown with their own hands.

  11. Graycat says:

    It’s difficult to survive in a “food desert” in an oasis full of stupid dumbass liberals.

  12. Beef says:

    The reason there is a dearth of grocery stores in many poor neighborhoods is that it is very hard to run one profitably. This is not do to lack of demand or even money, as poor people have to eat and the government subsizes those who need it, but because there is so much customer theft, employee pilfering, and armed robbery involved with such an enterprise.

    What are they proposing? Government subsidized grocery stores where you buy stuff with government subsidies? That’s just great.

  13. fxdwg69 says:

    I have never seen a SNAP recipient who did not have a ride to the grocery store. They usually get into a vehicle that is newer and nicer than mine.

  14. fxdwg69 says:

    The real reason that there is a dearth of chain grocery stores in less than desireable neighborhoods is simply that they get robbed and shoplifted out of business. Look at Washington, D.C. and Detroit as examples.

  15. Infidel says:

    I’m 5 miles from the nearest grocery store of any kind. Feeling fucked, and waiting for a bailout.

    You could deliver nutritious food to their doorstep, and they’d still buy the Twinkies and a bag of pork rinds because it’s already prepared.

  16. Spartan24 says:

    I’m 2 miles from the grocery store north of me and about 3 miles from another grocery store south. The only convenience store is a mile away- I guess I’m in a food desert according to Ms Sebellius. What a bunch of nonsense, most SNAP receipients have nicer cars, new cell phones and manicured nails!

  17. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    A self-imposed resurrection of bread lines…
    America, wake up & RISE UP before it’s too late.

  18. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    12 miles here
    I am in the food Tundra

  19. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Also, when we get hungry, out comes the .22 and my best skinning knife
    The food here is still in it’s “original package”

  20. Infidel says:

    “The food here is still in it’s “original package””

    HA! Same here. Just ask that raccoon in the crock pot last night.

  21. Zorro says:

    If you apply the Sebelius rule of 1 mile, most Americans are in a food desert. Grocery stores are generally too large and expensive to operate to be very close in distance to one another.
    In South Florida, they seem to have a Publix within 5 minutes of driving from one location to the next.

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  23. czuch says:

    Yup,12 miles here too. If you run outta milk, ya get it tomorrow. At least 1/2 tank-o-gas at all times. Nearest convience store is 3.8 miles and priced out of my range. Where does she get the idea “Walk”??? WTF!!!
    These A$$ HOLES are so very out of touch.
    BTW, My wife’s daughter just bought a real decent car with her tax return from welfare. 2 kids and a worthless sperm doner.I’m waiting to be taken to dinner for my part in that purchase.

  24. Bloodless Coup says:

    Is Obama Now Claiming The Power To Arrest, Detain And Even Kill American Citizens Without Due Process?
    It Would Seem So.

  25. Noelegy says:

    I have friends who live in rural Virginia who live 30 minutes from the nearest gas station, convenience store, or grocery store. Their basement looks like a survivalist’s bunker. Oddly, they’re liberal.

  26. butlerj says:

    Noelegy says:
    March 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The thing that aggravates me the most about this “food desert” nonsense is the inherent assumption that if these poor people just had access to fresh, healthy food, that they would then make the right choices.

    If they made the right choices whenever given the opportunity, they wouldn’t be in a position to need food stamps in the first place.

    I’m of the opinion that most of the time, poverty results from chronic poor decision making. As finance guru Dave Ramsey says, broke is a temporary state of affairs, poor is a lifestyle choice.

  27. er says:

    “The thing that aggravates me the most about this “food desert” nonsense is the inherent assumption that if these poor people just had access to fresh, healthy food, that they would then make the right choices.”

    In the Soviet Union and China they killed tens of millions for not changing their human nature to match the Communist model. Tell me what is different about the outlook of this current administration.

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