Another example of incredible government waste

Not too long ago, the Obama administration dedicated $400 million in taxpayer money for the “Healthy Food Financing Initiative,” an effort to bring grocery stores to areas without access to affordable healthy food (aka food deserts). And in typical government fashion, they found a way to screw it up. Stu went to a food desert in his own neighborhood of North Dallas, only to find that there were actually plenty of healthy food options.

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  • Deckard426

    Did Walmart, Target, Sams, or Eat Zi’s have any .22 ammunition?
    How about that AMMUNITION DESERT, MR. PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe there are “food deserts” unless there are good reasons a store would be difficult to be profitable there, such as high crime, high taxes, zoning regulations, etc. As nature abhors a vacuum, free market capitalism abhors unserviced markets. If there truly are food deserts, it is because the bar of profitability is too high to jump over.

  • Anonymous

    Are you AWARE as to why certain areas do not have regular grocery stores let alone ‘Health Food Stores’? It is called, I think, murder of the employees and robbery of the previous stores. The 400 million should be spent on THAT problem. The people in the neighborhood know exactly who the perpetrators are but never turn them in and then the store closes and the people blame anyone except those really responsible.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Not only did Obamaunism made our town into an actual food desert but also a job desert.

  • Anonymous

    If it’s not broke, Obama will fix it until it is!

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    If you think your food deserts are bad, you should see Knoxville, TN! I just discovered my subdivision is slam in the middle of one. I also discovered Trader Joes and a giant Simon mall anchor the corners of another (inside the desert), and Super Walmart is INSIDE yet another! http://austriananarchy.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-food-deserts-of-west-knoxville.html Update: the Target store in dang near dead center of a food desert here added a grocery section recently too.

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    In my town (see link in another comment on this thread), it appears that it does not make any difference if there is a food story in an area or not to count as a “food desert”. One of our “deserts” has a Trader Joe’s. I stopped looking at the downtown area when every blotch I saw contained a store I already know about. Their method for mapping this “problem” seems to be letting a newborn fling multi-colored poo at a map.

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    So far looking at the Knoxville map, I have yet to find an area that does not have a grocery store within its bounds. However, zoning around here seems to be the culprit why there are fewer grocery stores the closer you get to the center of town.

  • Anonymous

    it’s not that those areas lack food stores, it’s that they lack food stores with the Michelle stamp of approval

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    She doesn’t like Trader Joe’s? There is just no pleasing that woman.

  • Anonymous

    The real food desert is in California, and it is known as the San Joaquin Valley. This used to be considered one of the richest farming locations in this country and was often referred to as “The Bread Basket of the World.” The only problem they had is that it is hot and dry there in the height of the summer which required canals of water to support and irrigation system for the farmers, some of whom had farmed that ground for several generations. Almost over night their whole way of life and their livelihood was . . . . . g – o – n – e!!!

    And so I suppose you are wondering why I mention this in conjunction with the POTUS’ food desert project. I bring it up because this area of California south of Sacramento is truly now a desert . . . no vegetables, no fruits, no nut trees. And the reason? Because the POTUS via the EPA shut off water to the canals because of a one inch fish called the Delta Smelt. You see this was the POTUS’ first real push to put animals and their welfare ahead of the human beings who are citizens of this country and depended upon the produce coming out of this area. This valley provided reasonably priced commodities which were shipped all across America.

    But alas, all of that is now only a memory. . . . and we are buying our vegetables, fruits, etc from Mexico where there are few if any regulations regarding how their crops are watered, what herbicides they use, or if they are contaminated by disease. It is this POTUS and his EPA henchment who have created our “food desert,” and I have no doubt that before long there will be a massive increase in those who literally starve to death because of the decisions made by this administration: no jobs = no money, no money = gov’t handouts, gov’t handouts = higher taxes . . . . and before you know it, we are just another Third World Country with poverty levels going through the roof!!!

  • Kathleen Marion

    I live in east Dallas near I 30 and the 12 loop. We have a Sams & Walmart very close but if you’re not into packaged chemical ladened foods, GMO fruits and veggies we ARE in a food desert! There are Mexican markets near by, but going in those is like crossing the border, you can’t even find half and half in those stores. There’s not a Kroger, Tom Thumb or Albertsons for three miles. I actually drive 5 miles to Lower Greenville to shop at Trader Joe’s & Sprouts where I know I will find healthy foods.

  • Anonymous

    according to her, it’s probably too expensive for low income folks

    here’s a map of my hometown, Johnstown Pa. I added the red stars for the location of full size grocery stores. There are additional neighborhood deli’s not shown.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ieb136KCz2US1SanZiSFBRbDQ/edit?usp=sharing

    East Conemaugh/Franklin in the top right does not have any groceries that I find, but it’s a quick city bus trip from downtown, and ten minutes by car from a Walmart Super Center. The large brown area to the top left is uninhabited mountain side. The populated areas are well within range of the three groceries in that area, none of them high cost.

  • Kathleen Marion

    Trader Joe’s has better prices and healthier foods than most grocery stores!

  • Anonymous

    the USDA maps have links to the email addresses of the responsible supervisor and analyst. I will respectfully demonstrate how they are FOS

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    “We have a Sams & Walmart very close but if you’re not into packaged chemical ladened foods” you can get organic foods at Walmart and Sams too. You are welcome.

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    So if she doesn’t like the Walmart, nor Trader Joe’s, what about the Super Target? One of those is slam in the middle of one of our food ‘deserts.’

  • Anonymous

    I am a data scientist who works with geographic information systems. The Dems will tell you that the right-wingers don’t believe in science, when the truth is we don’t believe in science.

    It appears that they did their calculations and presentations by census tract. Looking at my hometown map (link above, Lower Yoder Twp is the brown area in the top left. Brown is defined as “a significant share ow low income urbanized residents live more than a half mile away”. The people are not evenly distributed in Lower Yoder. 80% of it is basically uninhabited mountain side, while everyone actually lives in the 20% that is – guess what – close to a grocery store! But their analysis probably assumed an even distribution of households and placed the center well up the mountain, more than a half mile from the stores. SCIENCE FAIL. Their data model is insufficient to give them the results they claim.

  • sbut01

    Haven’t seen any 9mm or 38 special in YEARS. When I find it, I horde it. Same with .223, but I’m starting to see a little more of that. The entire US is an ammunition desert unless you work for a federal agency, they’ve got plenty.

  • sbut01

    You’d have to be crazy to open a store in da hood. It’s not the store owners fault, it’s the people who live there that rob and steal.

  • Anonymous
  • landofaahs

    Government waste? ALL OF DC. If God were going to give the world an enema, I can think of no better place to insert the hose than DC.

  • independent thinker

    The only “organic” merchandise I have seen at my local wally world is the plants and seeds in the garden shop that I can use to grow some of my own food.

  • independent thinker

    The only thing I cannot find now is 22 LR and 22 Shorts.

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    Then get a reading helper.

  • http://TimeBomberBook.Blogspot.Com/ Steve Esposito

    Yea, they roped off a desert I mentioned in the post that is almost nothing but commercial property, an extended stay hotel, and a small subdivision that is very pricey. Right across one of the boundary streets are miles and miles of apartments, single family homes, and no grocery stores for a while.

  • Katness Everdean

    Imposing “equality” and “fairness” through centralized control that treats each of us unequally, is one of the moral frauds of collectivism.