Monthly Archives: August 2013

Beneficiaries can’t be healthy?

So there’s this Republican congressman from Oklahoma who thinks a couple he saw at the grocery store must be using their EBT card fraudulently, because they appeared healthy. (Never mind that, for the amount of work he actually does, he’s pretty damn pampered himself.)

Now, food stamp-related benefits should be what they once were, limited to healthy staple items, and not usable for soft drinks, candy, what have you, but what if this fit couple is actually using their benefits wisely? It can be done, and these people may well have a plan to work their way up and out of public assistance. There is no law (and certainly should be no expectation) that the downtrodden must always be fat and unhealthy from a diet of bad food.

Here’s an idea: reform farm subsidies, particularly corn subsidies. If we can trend beneficiaries away from junk food and towards a healthier diet, we’ll eventually get a return on the investment from an overall healthier tax base, and just maybe more of them will work their way up into a better life.

We the “People”

I don’t know which is worse, admitting I was tipped off by Tim Graham at Newsbusters, or actually following the link to the “People” magazine site. Be that as it may, it would appear that Americans really are more concerned with why Huma stayed than with any of the issues that New York City’s next mayor will need to contend with.

I have my own hypothesis. I may not know the particular arrangements the Weiner household has with that Clinton donor-owned Park Avenue apartment (they say they’re paying “market rate;” sure they are), but I kind of doubt that you or I would get the same deal. Perhaps Huma stayed because she knows, if she wants to move out but still work in the city, the rent is too damn high.

Where to begin?

I’m surprised no one actually registered (or at least kept) this domain name before. This guy missed his chance (and I didn’t know about him until I’d already bought the domain).

I doubt if I’ll have any fixed division of politics, culture or anything else, because all sorts of things can prompt the same exclamation.

Just watch and see.