Tuesday, July 26, 2011

3320 A cure for poverty?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
-- Archilochus --


Low income families eat high fat, high sugar foods because they're cheaper than fresh, more healthy foods. A lot cheaper.

So some lawmakers have come up with a solution - a way to wean people off the bad stuff and force people to eat healthier foods. They want to tax the hell out of fast foods, sodas, junk food. Make them so expensive that poor people can't afford to eat bad stuff, can't take that choice as the easy way to save money. Save the state lots of money in health care costs. One guy on the news this morning was actually comparing it to the war on tobacco - that ridiculous taxes got people to quit when they couldn't afford it any more.

Uh, I don't understand.

Isn't the theory that they can't afford the healthy stuff, so that's why they eat the bad stuff? No to mention that when you have two jobs, there isn't a lot of time for shopping, chopping, and cooking. So the solution is to ensure that they can't afford any food? If it works like the tobacco thing, will they quit eating?

Actually, I suspect the lawmakers don't understand.

(Although if all the low income families starve to death, yeah, I guess that would save on medical costs.... Maybe this is the new "War on Poverty".)


Becs said...

Starving people tend to be pretty quiet after awhile. Pesky poor people.

little red said...

Thats a load of crap that poor people cannot afford good healthy food. They are being lazy and do not want to actually roast a whole chicken, prepare veggies and make potatoes. Fast food is really not cheaper. It's more cost effective to make simple home cooked meals. But people do not have time now because of the smart phones and the internet. Stupid lazy fat Americans. Dumbness all around. Being fat makes people stupid too.