Which Is It?

15 03 2010

This, from the geniuses at the Heritage Foundation:

So which is it?  Is the real problem here hunger, or is it obesity?

…makes me want to put my head through my computer monitor.

If you want the facts on the relationship between food insecurity (i.e., poverty and hunger) and obesity, see this, but for our purposes here today I’m more interested in the increasingly common extent to which conservative “thinkers” reduce complex and important public issues to meaningless bumper-sticker-isms meant to suggest bad faith or stupidity on the part of their political foes.

Hunger is something that this country is wealthy enough to do something about.  Poverty is something that this country is wealthy enough to do something about.  And doing something about both issues has enormous upside at a relatively low cost.  But no opportunity should be missed to brush up against absurdly fetishized conservative tropes like the sinister machinations of the Liberal Nanny State.

—Jason

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