Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big Business and Powerful Politics

I believe it was called fascism in mid 20th Century Europe, but now it's called working together for the children. I'm really having a hard time here with a headline I read about Olive Garden and Michelle Obama. The parent company and all the "sibling" companies of Olive Garden were also mentioned in the article, so for the fanbase that is big big advertising at no charge. Next, since the subject is children, that has even more people paying attention, and to be honest, that is what caught my eye, but I've got a different view apparently than the writer/promoter of the article. First the promise seems hardly worthy of headlines. All the big promises of change, from Washington to salt content in food seems to take anywhere from five to ten years to actually implement. So, let me stop all the tangent opinions and comments and get to the "weight" of the matter. Olive Garden is promising to reduce it's sodium count in the kid's menu by 10% over the next 5 years! Breaking headlines, right? Here are some breaking thoughts. Many of these children that Michelle is so concerned about will already be teenagers by the time this actually happens, not to mention this is getting very close to government oversight of corporations, and it's not the right! Next, I couldn't help but wonder just how involved the corporate owners of the Olive Garden are in regard to restaurants lobbying to be able to take food stamps. Seems a potential connection, not to mention a campaign season is upon us, and what better time to exchange favors than when everyone wants something. Now, to be honest, the democrats always seem offended that anyone suggest any sort of regulation on the purchasing power of food stamps and EBT cards. I mean, they don't want to take pop and chips off of the available purchase items, for government subsidized spending, but our government wants the children eating better. I have a much easier solution than strong arming or promising corporations anything. Why not simply make food stamps and EBT cards usable for the "outer aisles" of the grocery stores. You know, the produce, meat, dairy, and grains. When corporations and republican government comes together, we have big oil and Wall Street bail outs. When corporations and democrat government comes together, we have mandatory health insurance and regulation of food consumption for the people who are actually buying their food with their own money.
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty . . . Torah of Holy Scripture
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