Monday, April 13, 2015

There are people without much money, and people without much sense

The problem of hunger in this country is a serious matter, and not to be joked about.  On the other hand, people like Gwyneth Paltrow should think twice before resorting to silly stunts like she is up to currently.

Hearing that food stamp recipients have to get by on $29 a week per person, the skinny actress (I guess that's what she puts for "occupation" on her 1040 form, although if you asked me for the name of a movie she's ever been in, all you'd get is a shrug, and another one if you asked if I had ever paid a nickel to see her "act") ran down to the BuySumMor and spent 29 of her 280 million dollars on brown rice, black beans, peas, eggs, tortillas, cilantro, limes and fresh vegetables.

I can just see people all across America, people who are trying so hard to feed their families on very skimpy resources, looking at this and saying,"Cilantro!  That's the answer! Cilantro for dinner, limes and black beans for lunch!"

It's really hard to imagine how people such as she function in everyday life. I remember a certain president, up for reelection, whose handlers took him to WalMart to buy tube socks, and he walked up to the cashier, did not know what the UPC price scanner was, and then, when the cashier wanted money for the socks, he had to admit that he did not carry money or a wallet, and had to mooch the money off a Secret Service agent, who had to take time off from his busy drunken driving and prostitute patronizing schedule to hand the leader of the free world (in 1991) a fiver.

Ms Paltrow - who came to attention a couple of years ago for breaking up with the husband and calling that "our decision to consciously uncouple" - does deserve credit for bringing to public attention the sad fact that a country that can spend trillions for bombs can't do any better than 29 bucks for a starving child, but then she trivializes the matter by proposing that cilantro is the answer for hunger.

And nutritionally speaking, her chow would give a person less than 1,000 calories a day, and food stamp recipients seldom have a lifestyle that involves sitting around a mansion chomping on brown rice.  Better to spend that money on things like peanut butter, oatmeal, potatoes, and frozen chicken breasts - much better sources of sustenance.

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