How limousine liberals view starvation

Starvation, sadly, regularly stalks the African continent.  This religiously prophetic website, in its famine page, tracks those trends and provides truly horrible images, one of which I reproduce here (from Somalia):

In the great country of America, however, hunger has a different face:

I do not post the above picture to be mean to the voluminous ladies who appear in it.  Indeed, it’s not my picture at all.  Instead, it’s the picture used to illustrate an NPR story about the way in which rising food prices are affecting the poor:  among other things, they’re not able to buy all the food they want:

The rising cost of food means their money gets them about a third fewer bags of groceries — $100 used to buy about 12 bags of groceries, but now it’s more like seven or eight. So they cut back on expensive items like meat, and they don’t buy extras like ice cream anymore. Instead, they eat a lot of starches like potatoes and noodles.

I appreciate the story’s main point, which is that, for people who live their lives on the economic razor’s edge, inflation is devastating.

I also understand that the story is trying to show that, from an Atkins’ diet point of view, cheap hi-carb food is more likely to increase weight than more expensive low carb food, including meat.  The ladies above  clearly aren’t shopping at Whole Foods.  It’s just as clear, though, that these gals didn’t suddenly gain weight when inflation began.  Instead, it’s obvious that their weight problems pre-date the recent rise in prices, and that, even as they stock up on potatoes and noodles, they’re not buying much in the way of fruits and veggies.  And perhaps, just perhaps, they’re eating too much.  (Incidentally, you can still get a good value on meat at McDonalds, if you wish to offset your all carb diet, but I suspect McDs is a dirty word in NPR circles.)

Hat tip:  Moonbattery (and Danny Lemieux)

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  1. Danny Lemieux says

    It brings to mind a comment made by Dinesh D’Souza about people in India telling him that they wanted to come to America because, “in America, even poor people are fat”.

    As an international economist once told me, “Poverty is a state of mind”. There are no truly “poor” people in America by world standards, there are, however, many poor souls, rich and poor.

  2. Ymarsakar says

    Limousine liberals believe that they know what is best for you. Since they have wealth and power, they are obviously superior to you and have obviously made the better life choices all in all.

  3. Ymarsakar says

    When the choice is becoming an American protectorate, with the future possibility of full State membership, and the alternative of starving to death like in the picture, what law and which path in life would people choose?

    When the choice is the military pay and benefits that American can dish out directly from our funding and the alternative is eternal civil war, war lordism, drug trafficking, slavery, and violence, which path will people choose?

    The limousine liberals, Book, will always say that people would prefer higher values and would fight against Imperialism and America because… starving and the freedom to die and suffer is always better for the “noble savage”.

  4. Tiresias says

    The American version isn’t hunger, it’s ignorance.

    There’s nothing, including price, stopping you from having a salad when you go to Mickey D’s, and for the price of a nice piece of steak (or even a fairly lousy piece of steak) you can still go a lot farther in the produce aisle at the market than you can in just about any other aisle.

    It’s not that you walk out with a few fewer bags; it is, as it always was, what’s in them.

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