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Michelle Obama’s $400 Million ‘Food Desert’ Scam
CNS News ^ | 10/27/2010 | Terence P Jeffrey

Posted on 11/08/2010 4:53:13 AM PST by IbJensen

First Lady Michelle Obama has called on Congress to create a $400 million-a-year program to encourage the establishment of supermarkets in places she calls “food deserts.”

The situation in these “food deserts,” as Mrs. Obama describes it, is quite dire indeed. American children are growing fat because their parents cannot get to a supermarket—to buy fruits and vegetables—without undergoing the hardship of boarding a bus or riding a taxi. As a consequence, food-desert-dwelling children are forced to eat fast food and junk procured at chain restaurants and convenience stores.

In a March 10 speech, the first lady painted a sad picture of their plight. “Right now, 23.5 million Americans, including 6.5 million kids, live in what we call ‘food deserts’—these are areas without a supermarket,” she explained. “And as a result these families wind up buying their groceries at the local gas station or convenience store, places that offer few, if any, healthy options.”

She offered a solution. “Let’s move to ensure that all families have access to healthy, affordable foods in their community,” she said. “(W)e’ve set an ambitious goal here: to eliminate food deserts in America within seven years.

“To do that,” she said, “we’re creating a Healthy Food Financing Initiative that’s going to invest $400 million a year—and leverage hundreds of millions more from the private sector—to bring grocery stores to underserved areas and help places like convenience stores carry healthier options.”

Pushing this $400 million food-desert-eradication plan became a standard part of Mrs. Obama’s stump speech.

In February, she promoted it in a Philadelphia neighborhood she said had just emerged from a 10-year period without a supermarket—thanks to subsidies from the enlightened state government of Pennsylvania.

“For 10 years, folks had to buy their groceries at places like convenience stores and gas stations, where usually they don’t have a whole lot of fresh food, if any, to choose from,” said Mrs. Obama. “So that means if a mom wanted to buy a head of lettuce to make a salad in this community, or have some fresh fruit for their kids’ lunch, that means she would have to get on a bus, navigate public transportation with the big bags of groceries, probably more than one time a week, or, worse yet, pay for a taxicab ride to get some other supermarket in another community, just to feed her kids.”

Congress left town for the November election without having approved any fiscal 2011 spending bill. So, as of yet, it is uncertain whether Mrs. Obama will get her $400 million-per-year to subsidize supermarkets in “food deserts.” The agricultural bill that has been working its way through Congress includes only a $40 million earmark for the program.

But does it deserve a single penny?

In the 2008 farm bill, Congress mandated that the department conduct a $500,000 study of “food deserts.” The study—“Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences”—was published in June 2009.

The report demonstrates that Mrs. Obama’s depiction of American “food deserts” is fatuous at best. Lower-income Americans live closer to supermarkets than higher-income Americans.

“Overall, median distance to the nearest supermarket is 0.85 miles,” said the Agriculture Department report. “Median distance for low-income individuals is about 0.1 of a mile less than for those with higher income, and a greater share of low-income individuals (61.8 percent) have high or medium access to supermarkets than those with higher income (56.1 percent).”

There are 23.5 million people who live in “low income” areas that are more than a mile from the nearest supermarket. But more than half of these people are not low-income, and almost everyone in these areas--93.3 percent—drive their cars to the supermarket. On average, they spend 4.5 minutes more than the typical American traveling to the supermarket.

“Area-based measures of access show that 23.5 million people live in low-income areas (areas where more than 40 percent of the population has income at or below 200 percent of federal poverty thresholds) that are more than 1 mile from a supermarket or large grocery store,” said the report. “However, not all of these 23.5 million people have low income.

“If estimates are restricted to consider only low-income people in low-income areas, then 11.5 million people, or 4.1 percent of the total U.S. population, live in low-income areas more than 1 mile from a supermarket or large grocery store,” it says. “Data on time use and travel mode show that people living in low-income areas with limited access spend significantly more time (19.5 minutes) traveling to a grocery store than the national average (15 minutes).

“However,” says the report, “93 percent of those who live in low-income areas with limited access traveled to the grocery store in a vehicle they or another household member drove.”

Only 0.1 percent—one-tenth of one percent—of Americans living in low-income areas more than 1 mile from a supermarket took public transit to the store, the report said.

For them, Mrs. Obama would create a new $400 million entitlement.


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To: IbJensen

what needless spending?


2 posted on 11/08/2010 4:54:24 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: IbJensen

If they’d address the real problem, “food deserts” wouldn’t be an issue.

How about the “character deserts”, the “ambition deserts”, and the “Traditional American culture deserts”?

Address those and you solve most, if not all, the symptoms she’s trying to make an issue of.


3 posted on 11/08/2010 4:55:06 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: IbJensen

No funds, starve this scam.


4 posted on 11/08/2010 4:58:19 AM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: IbJensen

Is she going to force them to PURCHASE & EAT the veggies too?

Ahhhh....maybe another mandate ordering people to buy something they don’t want?


5 posted on 11/08/2010 4:59:29 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: IbJensen
These are the SAME KIDS that already get all their meals FREE in school so this makes absolutely no sense.

I don't ever remember running to the store to buy apples or bananas or oranges. In fact, they were a treat not a norm.

Life was cereal, meat, potatoes and vegies and MILK!!

6 posted on 11/08/2010 5:00:18 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: IbJensen

Meanwhile, Barry-O’s ethanol policies turn tens of thousands of acres of productive farmland into LITERAL “food deserts”.

Can you spell “insanity”, Shelly? Yeah, I thought you could.


7 posted on 11/08/2010 5:00:35 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: IbJensen

I’m more concerned about Truth Deserts. They are huge and they are growing. The Truth Desert in Washington DC extends up into Maryland, through Delaware, and on into Philadelphia.

And that’s just the one The First Wookie lives in. There are hundreds all around the country.


8 posted on 11/08/2010 5:01:28 AM PST by samtheman
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To: IbJensen

a kenyan meets a kenyan...
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/11/odd-little-moment-at-the-ceo-meeting.html


9 posted on 11/08/2010 5:01:47 AM PST by biggredd1
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To: IbJensen

because their parents cannot get to a supermarket—to buy fruits and vegetables—without undergoing the hardship of boarding a bus or riding a taxi.

Cry me a friggin river..
What a hardship having to take a probally FREE freakin bus to buy groceries..
Lady you donlt have a clue as to what hardship is. Maybe you should speak with a returning soldier about being in the mountains of Afghanistan with the muslims...


10 posted on 11/08/2010 5:01:52 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: presently no screen name

” No funds, starve this scam. “

But it’s for the CHIL-RUN, don’tcha know??


11 posted on 11/08/2010 5:02:05 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: IbJensen

If they are too lazy to walk to the store they are too lazy to cook the food. Fast food solves this work problem. Next she will want them to get J O B S.


12 posted on 11/08/2010 5:02:23 AM PST by IC Ken
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To: IbJensen

because their parents cannot get to a supermarket—to buy fruits and vegetables—without undergoing the hardship of boarding a bus or riding a taxi.

Cry me a friggin river..
What a hardship having to take a probally FREE freakin bus to buy groceries..
Lady you donlt have a clue as to what hardship is. Maybe you should speak with a returning soldier about being in the mountains of Afghanistan with the muslims...


13 posted on 11/08/2010 5:02:49 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: IbJensen

“Food deserts” exist in areas where crime has driven out (legal) business.


14 posted on 11/08/2010 5:03:03 AM PST by fullchroma
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To: IbJensen
I grew up in a "food desert" although I can't remember anyone whining about it. The ladies used to have these carts to go get their groceries.
15 posted on 11/08/2010 5:03:09 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: IbJensen


Vacation Gal says "hands off my pies!"

16 posted on 11/08/2010 5:03:29 AM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: SumProVita
"Is she going to force them to PURCHASE & EAT the veggies too?"

Was my first question while reading this. I'm afraid of the answer.

17 posted on 11/08/2010 5:04:13 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: IbJensen

Oh baloney. If they can get to the store to buy groceries, they can buy fruit too. Don’t tell me they live on only fast food.
What a waste of $


18 posted on 11/08/2010 5:04:30 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SumProVita; IbJensen; All
another mandate ordering people to buy something they don’t want?

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C. S. Lewis

19 posted on 11/08/2010 5:04:35 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: IbJensen

This woman is a complete idiot. Why not just airdrop apples every where??


20 posted on 11/08/2010 5:05:24 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: IbJensen

This has been in the works for awhile.

See this article — http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/21996 — from Canada Free Press in April 2010.


21 posted on 11/08/2010 5:06:13 AM PST by statestreet
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To: MrB

Detroit has no national grocery stores for the reasons you mention. The bed is made and they are lying in it.


22 posted on 11/08/2010 5:06:26 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: samtheman

The “Truth Deserts” all seem to be colored blue on political maps..


23 posted on 11/08/2010 5:07:15 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: Doogle
“So that means if a mom wanted to buy a head of lettuce to make a salad in this community, or have some fresh fruit for their kids’ lunch, that means she would have to get on a bus, navigate public transportation with the big bags of groceries, probably more than one time a week, or, worse I am confused... I thought going GREEN on public transportation was part of the solution to the hoax called global warming .Now I am told by Mrs.Barack Hussein Obama Jr, that kids cannot get a salad becuase they have to take a bus?
24 posted on 11/08/2010 5:07:20 AM PST by JoanneSD
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To: WKUHilltopper

” Why not just airdrop apples every where?? “

Wasn’t there a story during Clinton’s Kosovo Fiasco, where the Air Force ‘bombed’ a village with frozen chickens, causing property damage and even a few injuries on the ground??

(Or is my caffiene-starved brain making things up again??)


25 posted on 11/08/2010 5:08:30 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: MrB
How about the “character deserts”, the “ambition deserts”, and the “Traditional American culture deserts”?

Address those and you solve most, if not all, the symptoms she’s trying to make an issue of.

The president says you're rejecting "science and reason," most likely because you are in "fear."

26 posted on 11/08/2010 5:08:45 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: IbJensen

27 posted on 11/08/2010 5:08:45 AM PST by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: IbJensen

“So that means if a mom wanted to buy a head of lettuce to make a salad in this community, or have some fresh fruit for their kids’ lunch...”

LOL. In the ghetto. “Kids! I’m going to prepare a fresh salad now. First let me take off my pearls after doing all that vacuuming.”


28 posted on 11/08/2010 5:09:17 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: fullchroma

“Food deserts” exist in areas where crime has driven out (legal) business.”

Exactly. Is she going to provide the armed security guards too?


29 posted on 11/08/2010 5:09:34 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: aphid

LoL


30 posted on 11/08/2010 5:10:38 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: IbJensen
f they quit burning down the grocery stores when they riot there'd prolly be more of them...
31 posted on 11/08/2010 5:11:03 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: subterfuge

Not falling for the “shut up and get in line” attitude
or the standard leftist “proof by condescension” approach.


32 posted on 11/08/2010 5:11:31 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: IbJensen
We don't need a 500 million dollar government program. Thomas Sowell could inform her for a lot less.

From an article of Dr Sowell's located at http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell082606.php3

"Many of the same black "leaders" who accuse local store owners of making exorbitant profits also complain that supermarkets seldom locate in ghetto neighborhoods. Do they think supermarkets are against making money, if ghettos are so profitable?"

The cost of doing business in these neighberhoods is to high to settle their or remain.

33 posted on 11/08/2010 5:12:10 AM PST by SKI NOW
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To: IbJensen

Laughable stupidity.


34 posted on 11/08/2010 5:12:36 AM PST by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: M-cubed

Yeah, well that’s the agreed on color-coding. Lying communists (who are actually REDS) get colored blue by the lying communist media. (When did this start? Was it Walter The Communist Cronkite who came up with that color scheme?)


35 posted on 11/08/2010 5:12:50 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Chode

” f they quit burning down the grocery stores when they riot there’d prolly be more of them... “

Hey - looters need ‘nutritious options’ too!!!

How RACIST!!!

/sarc


36 posted on 11/08/2010 5:12:51 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: IbJensen

Another thought....WALKING for a mile to get to the store would be FAR healthier for all concerned. Oh...I forgot....that’s common sense.

WHERE do these people get their food anyway? Would that be the fast food places....where it’s already prepared?......and now Ms. Obama is asking them to buy and prepare their meals? Good luck with that....

My guess is that a lot of low-income people buy their food at Wal-mart, which sells plenty of fresh fruit and veggies. Now, if they CHOOSE not to purchase fruits and vegetables and/or they eat too much....what will Michelle Obama want to do then (at taxpayer expense of course)?


37 posted on 11/08/2010 5:13:11 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Uncle Ike

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST01bZJPuE0


38 posted on 11/08/2010 5:13:22 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: IbJensen

What Idiots decided this woman was the Most Powerful Woman on Earth? Were they on LSD or something? That was the Most Laughable thing I had read in ages. Michelle Obama the most powerful woman on earth! What a joke!

You gotta ask yourself who said this

and why


39 posted on 11/08/2010 5:13:50 AM PST by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Sorry - can’t get youtube on this computer...


40 posted on 11/08/2010 5:15:04 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: MrB

The reality is, this is simply some **pork** for democrat ruled, high-crime hellholes.

I don’t think they’ll be dropping any supermarkets next to rural white folks’ homes.


41 posted on 11/08/2010 5:15:28 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: IC Ken

Let’s just cross one bridge at a time. After they figure out these low income momma’s are experiencing too much hardship with the cooking of the food, the next logical step will be to hire a government cook for each low income home.


42 posted on 11/08/2010 5:15:56 AM PST by Newtoidaho (Liberals are drooling buffoons backed by satanic goons.)
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To: IbJensen
I'm more concerned about the Long Form Birth Certificate Desert.

Let's water that baby first, then discuss these unicorn deficit issues.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

43 posted on 11/08/2010 5:16:39 AM PST by The Comedian (I really missed you. Next time, I'll adjust for windage.)
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To: SumProVita
Is she going to force them to PURCHASE & EAT the veggies too?

For it to have any effect she'll have to. Having actually lived in one of those neighborhoods - and shopped at a supermarket where the older, motherly shoppers warned me that it was dangerous, particularly in the light of my skin color and the nature of the surrounding neighborhood, I can assure you that plenty of people at the supermarket were buying "unhealthy" food. Just like everybody else does, regardless of income, race, national origin, or for that matter any other PC grouping.

Lets face it, people don't buy eat frozen pizza because they can't get to the market to buy a salad, they buy frozen pizza because they like it. That's why when you put salads or fruit on sale in the convenience store, or like they do here at the gas stations, they don't sell very well.

44 posted on 11/08/2010 5:17:01 AM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: Chode
f they quit burning down the grocery stores when they riot there'd prolly be more of them...

My grandfather was in Italy in WWII but he said working for Safeway in Watts in 1968 was about as scary as it got. He said the rioters came in through the front and all the employees went out the back. The store was looted and burned to the ground.

45 posted on 11/08/2010 5:18:31 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: IbJensen

Michelle 0bama is ignorant.

The people need to use the same conveyances to get to the fast food and convenience stores that they must use to get to the supermarkets. It’s a matter of ... CHOICE!

When my relatives and friends come to visit from overseas, they marvel at the number of supermarkets and the vast variety of foods available there. In and around Boston, there’s a supermarket on just about every major intersection.

I was born before the age of supermarkets. My mother used to walk with me and my siblings all over the North and West ends of Boston to shop. There was the butcher, the fish store, the grocery store. There was Filene’s basement, right there at a subway stop. There was Raymonds (Uncle Eph). Jordans was a bit too upscale for us. :)

She took the trolleys and subways to do all her shopping.

When my dad was able to purchase a car, we discovered Star Market in Belmont. WOW!! One stop shopping. Nevertheless, my mom still enjoyed going into the North End by subway to go to Giufrida’s fish market. That’s where you needed to go to get bacala, polpi, scungilli, and calamari.


46 posted on 11/08/2010 5:19:19 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: IbJensen

Listen, I wouldn’t mind being preached at by someone that walks the walk and talks the talk, but this behemoth telling us what and how to eat should heed her own advice. Seeing that “figure” of hers moving on the dance floor yesterday screams junky fatty food. Please keep your mouth shut Michelle, I know how to eat and what to eat, and I don’t need the likes of this creature lecturing me.


47 posted on 11/08/2010 5:20:52 AM PST by VeeP22
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To: Sacajaweau

“These are the SAME KIDS that already get all their meals FREE in school so this makes absolutely no sense.”

Ask any teacher about the thousands of pounds of fruit and vegetables thrown into the garbage cans at schools across America. These fat kids, who burn no calories because they are sitting in school all day and then sitting in front of TV or computers at home until almost midnight, have been reared eating fast food because their parents do not cook decent food at home. They eat sweetened cereal or honeybuns for breakfast and hamburgers or pizza washed down with chocolate milk for lunch. This is what taxpayers are buying with the free school lunch program.


48 posted on 11/08/2010 5:21:19 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: samtheman

Traditionally the incumbent party was coded as blue and the challenger party was red. In 2000 Gore and the Rats were the incumbents so they were blue. The red-blue battle lines garnered so much attention that now the colors have been locked in to the respective parties.


49 posted on 11/08/2010 5:21:52 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: IbJensen

Go to cities like Detroit and Chicago where these food deserts exist and you can see all the old grocery stores boarded up and rotting. The big chains pulled out of there years ago because (a)it wasn’t safe (b)people were stealing more than they were buying which leads to (c)loss of money. If there is a demand for something then people will move businesses there to fill that need, but not if it isn’t safe or profitable.


50 posted on 11/08/2010 5:23:15 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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