Michelle Obama received $400 million in taxpayer cash to fund her fight against “Food Deserts” (no, that’s not a typo).
Mrs. Obama has teamed with Wal Mart and is concerned about what she describes as “food deserts.” She is not concerned about the real deserts that are currently plagued by drought conditions across America, but rather her revolutionary “food deserts,” or areas where people do not have easy access to fruits and vegetables.
On radio this morning, Glenn played the audio from Michelle’s recent remarks:
MICHELLE OBAMA: We can talk all we want about calorie counts and recipes and how to serve balanced meals.
PAT: We can.
MICHELLE OBAMA: But if parents can't buy the food they need to prepare those meals, if their only options for groceries are in the corner gas station or the local mini mart, then all of that is just talk.
MICHELLE OBAMA: It's all just talk and that is not what Let's Move is about.
PAT: Of course not.
MICHELLE OBAMA: Let's Move is about giving parents real choices about the food their kids are eating.
PAT: Not pretending. Real.
MICHELLE OBAMA: And if a parent wants to pack a piece of fruit in a child's lunch, if a parent wants to add some lettuce for a --
GLENN: Oh, stop, stop, stop.
PAT: Because there's nothing healthier than lettuce.
Later in the segment, Mrs. Obama laments that poor families often have to “take three city buses or pay some expensive taxi to go to another community to make that possible.”
Sure, its noble to want people to have access to quality food, but in this case, Mrs. Obama is creating a problem where no problem actually exists. Data shows that the low-income families Michelle is so concerned about are actually closer to grocery stores and supermarkets than wealthy families. And for those that are more than one mile from a supermarket – 93.3% simply get in a car and spend the extra four and a half minutes going to the grocery store.
This begs the question – why are we wasting taxpayer dollars on a problem that doesn’t actually exist in the midst of an impending debt crisis?
“They [low income families] should have fresh food retailers right in their communities, places that sell healthy food at reasonable prices so that they can feed their families in the way that they see fit,” Mrs. Obama said.
Wait just a second. Doesn’t her omnipresent need to force feed carrots down our children’s throats and ban soda in the cafeteria negate the whole idea of allowing families to make decisions “in the way that they see fit?”
It seems like this mission to combat “food deserts,” like all of Mrs. Obama’s other obesity/let’s make our kids more active/stop serving French fries in the school in cafeteria campaigns, is but another sorry attempt to waste taxpayer time and money on an issue that many countries would love to have -- the issue of too much food!