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To: hawkeye101

I think what they are suggesting is that people are eating junk food and that makes them fat. Well, duh, but then it goes on to imply that this junk is cheaper than nutritional food which is absolute nonsense. I will try to translate: We use all our food stamps on cases of soda, candy, chips and our favorite snack cracker and we can’t afford nutritional food. Then of course either global warming, Bush or Republicans are to blame depending on your mood.


4 posted on 07/21/2007 12:57:53 AM PDT by WildcatClan ( Let's go for Bo! Derek/Dole '08 Vote for the double D's!)
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To: WildcatClan
Well, duh, but then it goes on to imply that this junk is cheaper than nutritional food which is absolute nonsense.

Consider yourself fortunate that you have never had to subsist on a diet of ramen noodles alternated with red beans and rice (seasoned with the unused half of the ramen noodle flavor packet). And since the flavor enhancement of expensive preparation and seasoning can be somewhat offset by increased fat, salt, or sugar content, fatty and starchy foods are quite cheap relative to leaner fare.

While it's better than turning to crime or the public dole, it's not pleasant, and I'm glad you've never had to find out first-hand.

9 posted on 07/21/2007 11:29:37 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: WildcatClan
There may be some places in our own country (I don’t think Iowa, for some reason) where there are some serious malnutrition problems, and may need some attention.

Whatever attention such areas need does not include any involuntary redistribution of wealth through taxation. It might include government agencies calling attention to the need, preparing initial reports from data usually discovered in the day-to-day business of existing agencies (often agricultural agencies), and then making the appeals to private organizations that already involve themselves in these kinds of projects.

IF we have serious malnutrition problems in certain areas of the United States where people try to work and don’t seem to have enough, then I believe preference should be given to those domestic areas over over any foreign country.

Any government, including ours, or any charitable organization, could literally, easily bankrupt itself, fully exhausting its resources to feed people in African, Asian and island countries. It would take less than a week to empty the bank. The poverty would not thereby cease, and afterward would rage like a wildfire, more out of control than ever. There would be no benefactors remaining who could help.

In African and Island nations, particularly, the root problems cannot be fixed with releases of cash. I believe that most here already know that. It is not the remedy in impoverished American areas either.

There are VERY OFTEN religious, cultural, and clan (sometimes related to race) reasons for poverty and hunger. If we are not allowed to suggest changes to these things, people will often continue in those conditions.

24 posted on 07/22/2007 6:10:17 PM PDT by John Leland 1789
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