Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's the Economy, Duh

Why, oh why, might people, even after being bombarded with shit like Michelle Obama's "Let's (steal money from the food stamp program) Move" campaign and, I dunno, every single form of media beating us over the head about how we don't eat enough fruits and veggies or exercise enough, why might people be eating fewer veggies and doing less exercise?

Perhaps declining standards of living, disemployment, skyrocketing food costs all combine to make it harder for people to do things like eat salads and join a fucking gym.

Health, healthy foods, safe and affordable places to exercise (for those physically able to do so) are all social justice issues. Just like telling women to be less bitchy, but not too timid, doesn't actually close the wage gap, telling poor people to eat more fruits and vegetables doesn't actually make them affordable.

So how about if the shitheads responsible for the new food non-pyramid and all those craptastic PSAs shut the fuck up and use the money to give folks the ability to actually buy healthy groceries or pay for an exercise activity. Not only would people eat better and be healthier, but since every dollar spent on food stamps actually puts a buck sixty-something back into the economy imagine the bump that small businesses would get if people could use a voucher to take a pilates or karate class?

But what the fuck do I know? I'm just your average poor person. The government's only interest in me is using me as an example of what not to do to scare all the rest of y'all into behaving.

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