How To Think Like An Authoritarian Leftist – Michelle Obama’s War On Food

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It’s kinda creepy. Mark Bittman in the NYT Op/Ed page:

How Should We Eat?

The recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a nutrition panel that helps update and revise federal dietary guidelines, were announced last week and are easy to parse: The panel, a collection of 14 health experts with dozens of specialists in support, emphasizes things that just about everyone agrees upon: that we need a diet more oriented toward plants, that we should reduce calorie consumption in general, and that less sugar would be a good thing. Not much new there, or surprising.

But on some levels the report is disappointing: For one thing, it’s 571 pages (not surprisingly, it stumbles over itself). And it focuses on individual nutrients at the expense of sending simpler messages. No one wants to think about “eating” (or, even worse, “consuming”) cholesterol or saturated fat or sodium or “sweeteners.” We want to think about eating food.

This is a long-term problem. For years government agencies have all but ignored the value of real food, of cooking, of well-produced, actually natural — the word must mean something, after all — food as opposed to its components or its hyperprocessed substitutes, and of eating with friends and family in a relaxed manner. (There’s a reason life expectancy in most OECD countries is higher than ours.) Agencies repeatedly ignored evidence that would have led to better advice because Big Food’s muscle prevented statements that would have cut consumption — such as “eat less meat,” or “don’t drink soda.”


Industry representatives hate the report — a good indicator of its value — and will fight to keep its recommendations from becoming policy. (Saying “eat less meat” is way different from saying “eat more lean meat.”) We should carefully monitor the current public comment period, which will be followed by a review by the Health and Agriculture Departments later this year, before the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be published. The smart environmental qualifications, and much else, will be fought furiously. But whatever is adopted will become official policy and will strongly affect school lunches and other federally funded meal-serving programs. Overall, these recommendations deserve our support (you can register your comments here) and our awareness that they need to go further.

The recommendations are perhaps more complicated than we’d like, but they must stand up to Big Food, which will fight, deny, complicate and more, just as it’s fighting the Food and Drug Administration’s better-labeling laws, and just as it’s trying to roll back advances in school lunches. Industry’s job is to confuse every issue, to make sure that what we eat is profitable regardless of its value. In short, Big Food wants the corn-and-soybean status quo.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I think it would help if we had an overarching statement defining “food” and our rights regarding it, something like “All Americans have the right to nutritious, affordable, sustainable and fair food.” That would signal intent, and a recognition that although the science may never be entirely clear, people’s rights should trump industry’s “needs.”

Policy can make things much simpler. Michael Pollan’s justifiably famous seven words — “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” — get at the root, and a more detailed explanation could be executed in just a couple of paragraphs. Many other countries are learning from our mistakes, and beginning to develop national food policies that have some teeth.

Food policy pits the profits of the very few against the needs and rights of many. We can whittle away at those profits, but it would be faster, healthier and even more delicious if we brought about a transition with more urgency.

Money Quote:

It tells you to drink all the coffee you want, up to something like five cups a day, which makes some people ecstatic. But far more important is this statement: “Strategies are needed to encourage the U.S. population to drink water when they are thirsty.” Imagine if that were official policy.

Leftism always starts with do-gooderism. It always ends with tyranny. Here is the basic formula:

1. Identify a problem

2. Get government involved in making guidelines/recommendations

3. Guidelines/recommendations become policy

4. Policy becomes law

5. Everything not mandatory is prohibited

Imagine if “All Americans have the right to nutritious, affordable, sustainable and fair food” became codified into law. Now think about how expansive the power to “regulate interstate commerce” has become, and imagine a federal bureaucracy controlling every aspect of what we eat.

In other words, imagine expanding Michelle Obama’s school lunch program to cover every meal, every snack, every person, every day.

Of course the rules won’t apply to people like Michelle, Barack and their friends. They’ll keep eating Wagyu beef and caviar. Rules are for little people like you and me.

As for me, I prefer freedom.

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150 Responses to How To Think Like An Authoritarian Leftist – Michelle Obama’s War On Food

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    I like my food with extra gluten.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Btw, misspelled “Sistuh”.

    • abc says:

      Me too! YUUUUM gluten. I also love me some GMO. You know your corn is GMO if after the two weeks it takes to get it to the store, it’s still sweet.
      I’m also a scientist. Inserting fish genes into watermelon does not make them frankenstein. And we are not all allergic to wheat.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    I gave Teh Kittehs a can of Lil’ Friskies Liver and Chicken for dinner. They wouldn’t eat it so I put it outside on the front porch but the stray cats won’t eat it either. Every cat in the neighborhood is treating that stuff like kids treat Michelle Obama’s school lunches. One cat even gave me a dirty look and hissed.

  3. mothy67 says:

    I really loathe this sick busy bodies. Stay out of my kitchen, bedroom, computer. FUCK OFF.
    Pure insanity.

  4. 1539days says:

    Remember when Michele Obama and the administration said that the school lunch guidelines were designed to combat childhood obesity but weren’t going to become rules for adults? It turns out that someone might have actually been lying and using one thing to start creeping government control. I’m shocked, I tell you.

    It’s more orthodoxy as well. Eating plants isn’t a bad thing, but if everyone started doing it, we’d have even more cases of people eating lower quality vegetables from places that didn’t wash all the E. coli off of them. Personally, I blame the Earl of Sandwich because we almost always eat meat and bread at the same time. Athletes can eat thousands of calories because they can burn them off before they get processed into fat. The lack of a labor based economy or lifestyle is a big factor in increased obesity.

    While I’m on a roll, you could increase life expectancy by making everyone pay for their own health care. People with chronic health issues would die quicker and not reproduce. That would raise the overall health of the population. This is America,and we don’t believe in Eugenics…yet.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I always thought it was interesting that Michelle became the Nanny-in-Chief of our diets and fitness when she doesn’t have a trained background or experience to be an expert on either.

      When I was a kid the Kennedys started the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. We got tested at the beginning of school in PE class on how many sit, pull and push ups we could do, how fast we can walk/run a mile, etc. Then tested again in the spring. Kids making the greatest progress got little medals with the Presidential seal on it ! Nutrition and health classes were also a part of PE. We didn’t need no First Lady to wag her finger at us. Jackie was too busy with more important stuff like being a great role model and representative on the world stage for the American woman 🙂

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      • 49erDweet says:

        Progs by their very nature are self-endued with more than enough training or experience to render expert opinion on any subject they choose. It’s a rule.

      • Constance says:

        I can’t stand Jackie Kennedy with her fake little girl voice. She chronically sounded like she was on Valium. Michelle doesn’t bother me any more than Jackie. I don’t consider myself represented in anyway by who ever the first lady is. That is a crock that men keep hyping. The first lady is not a representative of women. I can’t wait until the first woman President because then men voters can get excited about having her husband be their representative.

    • piper says:

      We also walked to school, ate real food at lunch, had recess and phy-ed every day. We played outside after school and didn’t spend time sitting around playing computer games or watching TV.

  5. mothy67 says:

    Can they make oprah be the first to follow the diet?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I remember all the Oprah diets, even training to run a marathon. At least she walked the talk, though gained it all back 🙂 She’s also one of the wealthiest women in the world and could afford her own private chef and trainer to coddle her along. Still haven’t forgiven her for choosing skin color over girl power in 2008. Stupid ! The guy wasn’t even qualified to run her company ! One day some brave interviewer will ask her “Girlfriend, what were you thinking?”

      • piper says:

        In any diet, the hard part is keeping it off unless you learn about healthy moderation. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if she took diet pills, did purges and used other methods to take off the pounds while tooting her plan along with Bob Greene.
        At the Oscars she was busting out of her dress – thankful for double sided tape.

    • insanelysane says:

      The problem with healthy vegetable rich diet is it takes too damn much work and chopping. There is no center to the plate.Too much work.
      Grazing takes all damn day.

  6. votermom says:

    One of the problems with food policy is that it’s always based on fad “science” – except since it’s the gvt, instead of fads getting ditched in a couple of years, it lasts for decades. Dean Ornish was wrong about fats being bad, but the public is not allowed to know.

    • votermom says:

      And another thing wrong is that it imposes a one size fits all approach.
      People with thyroid problems should not eat broccoli or kale every day.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I learned from Julia Child way back when margarine and vegetable oils were replacing butter and lard in cooking and baking, she refused ! “Ladies, that’s how you keep your hair shiny!”

      She lived to 91.

      • Somebody says:

        Haha funny you say that Denise, my grandmother was the same way she wanted nothing to do with margarine and such. She broke her hip at 93 and after re-hab ended up living with my Aunt whose husband had heart problems. Prior to slipping in the tub and breaking her hip, my grandmother was a VERY active 93 year old, she kept a garden and chickens she was up before sunrise very active and sharp as a tack mentally. Honestly she was in as good or better shape than her children, after she fell my Aunt and my father insisted she could NOT live alone ever again.

        My Aunt was very strict about food, no salt, virtually no fats, very little meat and only the leanest cuts, blah, blah. My poor grandmother was miserable, she hated mealtime and along about the age of 95 she started developing various health problems. Now this is a woman that prior to that wasn’t on any medicine and had no health issues. She went downhill from 95 to 98 when she passed away. I know, I know she was 95 flipping years old, but I’ve always wondered if she had gone back to her home if maybe she would have lived to 100 or more.

      • insanelysane says:

        I love her.
        She is everything we all should be.
        Butter is a good thing. It tastes like heaven.
        Maybe the only;y taste you’ll ever get.

  7. We are living in the Twilight Zone. I woke up this morning thinking about all this stuff with Obama….ALL this stuff….and was horrified that this nation and its people AND the Press still are clueless or complicit to the wrecking of everything I have ever grown up with. If it were for the better, change can be great, but this is the biggest bunch of CONTROL FREAKS ever! They are mean, spiteful and arrogant and their particular form of “intellect” is an anathema to most of us who grew up knowing freedom and liberty. They devise SCHEMES to ruin the lives of the Middle Class all the while lining their pockets with cash and booty. The Republicans and the Progressives (I can NOT call them “Democrats”) are in it together and it has become rape culture run amok.

    Obama has put the peddle to the metal and locked the doors as he heads towards the cliff with all of us inside.

    And what do we do now? What CAN we do? This man and his f’ing cabal are crazy as chit and those who WOULD and have tried to pour sugar in the tank or pull the hand-brake have been hogtied or threatened or intimidated into inaction.

    Will there EVER be a “come to Jesus” moment when We, The People, say “ENOUGH!” and practice disobedience (civil or otherwise)? Or are we all just doomed to live in a society where every word you say, every thing you read, every bite you take, every medical procedure you need, every job you do and everywhere you live is dictated by Big Brother and the punishment for not complying is stigmatization, ostracization, punishment and denial of our PERSONAL Basic Civil Rights?

    They are completely out of control and no one seems to be able to DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. They are lawless, unaccountable and unpunishable – and it is WE who are paying the price.

    It makes me sick.

    God, what a way to wake up.

    • cynic says:

      There was a “come to Jesus” moment on 4/15/09, called the TEA Party. Can’t believe that I was out there protesting on that day, and the 4th of July as well.

      Unfortunately, the media and politicians (I’m pointing my finger at you, Emanuel Cleaver!) made us out as crazies and racists. Nothing was further from the fact. I was out there protesting all the bailouts to the banks, and no one being prosecuted, yet still getting their bonuses.

      We saw half of our retirement go ‘poof’. We followed all the rules, yet we were the ones being punished. My eyes were finally opened. Prior to that, I didn’t pay attention to politics.

      I’m from IL, home of the ‘Combine’. You’re absolutely correct, there is no difference between the establishment GOP and the Progressives. It’s all about power and money.
      Look what Denny Hastert is up to:
      ‘Hastert received a $35,000 per month contract lobbying on behalf of Turkey’

      Politicians retire to join lobby groups (waving to Chris Dodd, ‘no lobbying for me’ is lobbying for Hollywood now), Goldman Sachs, etc.

      Now they want to control the internet. No surprises there.

      • Somebody says:

        $35,000 per month? Seriously?

        You’re correct they’re all crooks and liars. There are some people that run for office with the best of intentions, but it usually doesn’t take long for them to change. They either change and become part of the cabal or they’re never re-elected and some are destroyed and their bones picked. Our political system is really screwed up, I’m not sure what the fix is but the status quo surely isn’t working.

        $35,000 a month to lobby for turkeys, what bullshit. Is there some sinister movement to replace the Thanksgiving turkey with a pork roast or something?? Is Congress going to decree that we must all eat turkey on Mondays??? WTH? Seriously what amount of lobbying for turkey could possibly be worth $35,000 per month?

        • piper says:

          Is he lobbying for the fowls or the country called Turkey?

        • leslie says:

          Is it turkey, or Turkey? There were questions about Hastert accepting bribes from Turkish nationals. Of course, he denied it. What Illinois politician accepts bribes ?!?!?!
          I can’t imagine what Hastert knows about Turkey and Armenia – but he’s now on the books for working with the Turks. In 2005, translator Sibel Edmonds was involved in breaking the story about Hastert and taking bribes from the Turks. That was the story that brought him down. If you can call $35,000 / month a downfall.
          (Frankly, he’d be smarter working on behalf of the turkey farmers’ lobby of America.)

          • Somebody says:

            I stand corrected Turkey with a capital T as in the country. Oh goody Turkey is one step short of an Islamic theocracy.

            You know it really chaps my ass that foreign countries lobby Congress and are probably listened to far MORE than we the people. Somehow I don’t think our founding fathers envisioned such things.

            As for Hastert representing the turkey farmers, they probably wouldn’t want his fat ass representing them.

          • cynic says:

            I see the Washington Post has an article on Hillary and the Clinton Foundation accepting $500,000 in 2010 from Algeria for Haiti relief.

            Then, that year, Algeria spent $422,097 lobbying U.S. government officials.

          • cynic says:

            Ok, I just read this, and I’m going ‘huh’? Brad and Jennifer? Looks like I’ll be doing a bit more reading on this subject!

            A September 2005 article Vanity Fair revealed that during her work, former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds had heard Turkish wiretap targets boast of covert relations with Hastert. The article states, “the targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information.”[11] A spokesman for Hastert later denied the claims, relating them to the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt breakup.

          • cynic says:

            BTW, Sibel’s blog, is covering an interesting subject that we’re really not surprised about. She has a paywall, but if I click on the recent comments, I can read all the comments on the subject of, sheep-dipped/blackmailed media.

            Blackmail is the name of the game. I’m sure that’s why Petraeus stepped down, and came out honestly why he was stepping down. No more lying about Benghazi by him. He didn’t say he was stepping down to spend more time with his family. He was stepping down because he was unfaithful. They weren’t going to hang that over his head.

      • cynic says:

        More on corrupt IL:
        Thirty-three Chicago aldermen and former aldermen have been convicted and gone to jail since 1973. Two others died before they could be tried. Since 1928 there have been only fifty aldermen serving in the council at any one time. Fewer than two hundred men and women have served in the Chicago city council since the 1970’s, so the federal crime rate in the council chamber is higher than in the most dangerous ghetto in the city.

    • DeniseVB says:

      You’re not alone ff 😀

      • leslie says:


        Sometimes there seems no point to turning on the lights when you wake up thinking about chit like this. I’ve had many of those since I became a “fallen Democrat”.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Applause Applause FF

    • taw46 says:

      Agree completely. Makes me want to scream every day.

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    • DeniseVB says:

      Hmmm, WaPo’s covering this ? Must mean they’re more Ready for Warren then 😉

      Chelsea gets a 5 million dollar annual salary which seems pretty high for a non-profit that seems to spend more money on the Clintons than the philanthropy work it’s designed to do.

      • piper says:

        Sure that obama and team want the mediocre Warren to follow him elevating him in his minds and progressive to the messiah level. Will do anything to prevent the Clintons returning to the WH spending big bucks, spreading lies / disinformation and using blackmail to accomplish this.
        Say what you want about Bill Clinton but he is definitely one smart guy with loads of charisma – without his help in the last 2 elections, obama would have lost big time. Although I donated, made telephone calls and canvassed for Hiliary, there is not a chance in hell I would help again or want her as Prez. – she blew her chance with her behavior – aiding/abetting the obama administration.

        • leslie says:

          Really, I feel exactly the same. And it hurts me to think it. I so wanted her in 2008 and the moment she signed on with bronco, I changed my mind. It was clear she traded down – or she was willing to whore herself for some later prize. And for me, there was no turning back afterwards.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          The Obama Dims want Dizzy Lizzy.
          A Twofer don’tcha know?
          A Woman and an Indian Princess!! 😆

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  16. HELENK3 says:

    odd how the msm just kinda forgot to mention that Bibi turned down a request to meet separately with the republicans too. just scream to high heaven about turning down the dems for a separate meeting. the dems are the one refusing to attend his speech to all of congress

  17. HELENK3 says:

    brought this up from downstairs

    i knew there was something wrong with that woman

  18. HELENK3 says:

    had to steal this from a commenter at No Quarter

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  21. mothy67 says:

    They propose monitoring how much tv a person watches to fight obesity but will not put any restrictions on what can be bought with food stamps. They yell racist but then at other times they yell that there are more white people on welfare than black. A sick lot.

    • “but will not put any restrictions on what can be bought with food stamps”

      NOT TRUE!

      I was at the grocery store the other day. As I was walking in, there was an elderly “gentleman” turning his cart around to re-enter the store. He was SHOUTING for the Manager.

      I continued on and picked up the coffee and cat food I had come for and went to the check-out, where I again saw (and heard) this man yelling he had been CHEATED! CHEATED! RIPPED-OFF! by this slimy supermarket Manager.

      The check-out lady was a woman I have dealt with for years. A black woman in her early 60’s or so. She finished the order ahead of me and asked me to please wait while she dealt with this man (also Black) who was getting ANGRIER and RUDER by the moment. And LOUDER! Needless to say, everyone, by this time, were watching this production.

      She took his receipt to see HOW he had been ripped-off. He pulled out his EBT Card (the eye-rolls ensued from many in line, including me) and YELLED he still had $71.12 left on his EBT card but had been CHARGED CASH for some of the items in his order! OH! THE HUMANITY!

      After careful and patient review of his receipt, the cashier had to explain to him that the PRE-COOKED CHICKEN he had purchased was NOT covered by “Food Stamps” and that if he wanted a chicken that was covered by EBT, he would have to buy one uncooked. Or buy something else that was covered. Once he understood that, he calmed down, offered NO APOLOGY for his outlandish behavior and left. With the pre-cooked chicken.

      And I have heard this before. And seen it. Anything you want, virtually, at the 7-11 is fine: Cokes, donuts, slurpees, etc….all covered by EBT & SNAP cards. But God Forbid you actually want something HEALTHY and ready-to-eat by “pre-cooking” is off limits.

      Unless, of course, it is a hot dog at said 7-11.

      It’s astounding. I have never researched what is NOT allowed, but I bet it is a pretty interesting list.

      • leslie says:

        toothpaste … Toothpaste promotes oral hygiene and prevents further destruction of the immune system. It is a necessity to thoughtful people. And helps keep America healthy. It is not included on the SNAP or EBT list. Neither is dental care covered on Medicare and Medicaid. Are poor people expendable? So it seems.
        Toilet paper, bath soap, detergent – because how can we smell the poor coming if they’re clean? And if we can’t smell them, how can we stay away from them?
        Am I cynical? (quelle surprise!)

        • cynic says:

          In the 80’s, I belonged to an active Women’s group in our community. On occasion, we would collect from our members, items that you are mentioning. One woman, in particular, would not contribute, and was adamant about it.

          She was a bagger at our local grocery store, and said that the people on food stamps ate better that she did.

      • mothy67 says:

        My bad but i know you can buy soda, chips and other junk food.
        Most people on the program need it and I do not begrudge them a treat. The most unhealthy things are often the cheapest. I bet they spent millions to come up with proposals. Why not assemble a low budget cook book to be given with benefits.

      • DeniseVB says:

        There’s so much abuse in the entitlement programs. Why not give coupons for the item like one chicken, one chuck roast, one 10lb bag of potatoes, a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, etc, etc. Then issue them according to how many mouths they have to feed.

        I have no problems with giving a hand up to those who truly need it, just make it a tinsy bit harder for them to abuse the system. Not many people realize Michelle’s nutrition programs cut into the food stamps to pay for her folly…..and travel. Somehow the GOP got blamed for it.

        • swanspirit says:

          The problem with the hand up, is that it has become a way of life, and that doesn’t seem to bother some people .

          • DeniseVB says:

            I worked with a single mom in the 90’s who certainly qualified for food stamps and other assistance programs, like free school lunches for her kids. She chose to get a second job instead. She just didn’t want her kids to think they were entitled to freebies in life, hard work is better. Kids are grown up, college educated with families and professional careers now.

            Since I’ve know this woman I’ve had little sympathy for able bodied people demanding the rest of us take care of them.

      • elliesmom says:

        The lobster tank at my local supermarket says you can buy uncooked lobster with your EBT card, but you can’t take advantage of their free steaming service.

  22. gainny says:

    It’s not just here (I’m thinking this was handed to Michelle as her cause, like Nancy Reagan and Just Say No). Here’s the plan for the UK in infographic form:

    Also, among other things, the dietary committee wants to monitor how much time we spend in front of electronic screens. Are they going to cut us off when we reach their limit?

    I’d prefer “All Americans have the right to a paper ballot.”

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    Forgot to mention the “trained interventionists” and the emphasis on “sustainability.”

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  26. DeniseVB says:

    This probably fits better under the Marcotte thread, and it’s too good to wait for the next one 😉 I love when the Chicks respond to their “hate mail” with an open letter, this ladies, is real feminisim. RAH !

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  28. lyn says:

    And then there’s Taylor!

  29. foxyladi14 says:

    Read my lips!!!

    No more Bush’s. Unless it is a Rose Bush. 😀

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  33. SHV says:

    ““but will not put any restrictions on what can be bought with food stamps”
    The profits from SNAP/EBT are huge. The program was initiated to give a nutritional “floor” for the poor and some stability of pricing to farmers. What the program has evolved into is a major source of profits for banks which manage the EBT cards and huge profits for the food processors and retail grocers. The people using the program are a conduit to pass tax dollars to big corps. and as a side benefit, are conditioned to eat high profit crap food. Any attempt to put restrictions on what can be bought or scale back the SNAP program is smothered with millions of dollars of lobbying money.

    • leslie says:

      This is not unlike what has happened (in ILLINOIS) to the pre-tax deductions program to encourage use of public transit/transportation that Bill Clinton initiated. For years, now, I have been participating in that program. The university deducts the $ amount that I request to pay for my monthly transit ticket and issued a check in that amount. But a bank card company made an offer the university (if not other employers) couldn’t refuse. Now, we have to use a debit card issues by some bank to purchase our transportation tickets.
      When I asked about this “deal” in the preliminary hearings, neither the university spokesperson nor the city were able/willing to say just why a bank card company was taking over this program. When I asked about using up the backlog of transit checks that I had (due to vacations, or forgetting to use them and using personal funds). I was openly chastised in this very large meeting for not having used the checks at the time they had been provided. (I then said, in front of this crowd that I wasn’t the subject of this meeting – they were.) 😉
      They were unable or unwilling to tell us who the bankcard company was or where they were from. They also advised us that the checks that hadn’t been used would not be accepted by the transit agencies (train, city transit, etc) after the debit card program was implemented. When the debit card system was implemented recently, I still had over $300 in unused checks. I had planned to use them for my last few months at work and had discontinued my participation in the transit check plan back in November. The person at the university could NOT answer any of my questions . . . not at the meeting last spring and not now. But she assured me that I would lose money if I didn’t use up all the checks before January 1st. She asked me to let her know if I learned anything different. (She’s a lovely young girl and very lazy – unwilling to obtain information that many of us need.) She has said the same to others I know asking for them to give her the info they find. NONE of us are sharing what we know with her. We decided, independently of one another, that she gets paid to do her job. So she needs to do it. I can still use the checks until they expire. But she doesn’t know that.
      The people I know who are using the debit card system, have been screwed. If they didn’t use the card (that came without sufficient instructions) correctly, they have lost at least the first month of their transportation dollars. Many are now fighting with the company who controls this plan – at least where I work they are – to get that money back.

      A similar thing happened with the city transit (Chicago). Now a company called Ventra has taken over the fare collection system and it is costing people who use it (I use this system as well) sometimes more than an extra dollar per ride. This is a huge amount for people who need to ride several times a day and several times per week. This is the city. People use buses and elevated trains to get where the want to go. The CTA no longer provides tickets in bulk for not-for-profit groups that help the indigent. I used to be the one to handle that for our clinical program. Hospitals and community agencies that help the poor get to their appointments are also paying out the nose. And if, someone purchases a ticket (the minimum cost for initial purchase is $10) and doesn’t use it for a while, they lose the entire cost of the card. It is obscene.
      Someone has been paid off. Others are making a killing at the expense of the workers. No union addresses exploitation of this kind. No union wants to help the worker or the poor.

      I’m going out now….Not by public transit again until Monday when I return to work from my time off. BBL.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        The best scams are the ones where the government hands somebody a monopoly. If you have ever had a relative or loved one in jail or prison you know about the telephone scam. The phone in jails and prisons look like regular pay phones, but they don’t take coins and you can only call out collect or using a special phone card.

        The rates are horrible. Local calls cost as much as long distance calls to Japan and long distance calls cost as much as calling an expensive lawyer who bills by the hour. If you want to talk on the phone you have pay their rates – prepaid phone cards from other companies won’t work. If someone calls you collect from jail YOUR phone company will bill you THEIR rates regardless of what kind of plan you have.

  34. HELENK3 says:

    White House sending national security adviser Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power to speak at American Israeli Public Affairs Committee conference – @AP

    backtrack really giving the finger to AIPC

  35. Dora says:

    If you are a gun owner you’d better stock up.

    Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle

    • SHV says:

      It’s more political “street theater” from the Un-Party. The rhetoric from both side about 5.56 Nato “green tip” ammunition is BS but I did order 1000 rounds as a FU to Obama.

  36. driguana says:

    How about the war on the Internet….FCC just took control of that.
    Sad sad day….next will be mandatory brown shirts. Unbelievable.I can’t believe that anyone who has ever worked in radio or the media/music industry could applaud this move. Sad sad sad state of affairs. When I created my Santa Fe radio program Brave New World in Santa Fe in 1990 (a progeny of my first show The International House of Wax in 1984 on the original KLSK) naming it after the 1931 Aldous Huxley novel of the same name, I did so to play music from around the world, including American forms of music, of a wide variety and varying opinions expressed through music, the first of its kind on commercial radio in the country as far as I still know. There were a number of similar programs on public radio but none like BNW in Santa Fe. I also chose the name BNW to say, yes, there are many brave people in the world and in the US that have differences of opinion and that’s why we celebrate differences….we celebrate them, we don’t shut them down. For the FCC now to control the free-spirited Internet is, indeed, as sad day…in my very humble opinion. I can’t believe what is unfolding in front of our very eyes. Where are the brave in this new world??? Where oh where?

  37. DeniseVB says:

    Live stream of CPAC, this afternoon’s schedule… h/t Keith

    1:20 p.m. – Carly Fiorina
    1:40 p.m. – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    5:00 p.m. – Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
    5:20 p.m. – Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
    5:40 p.m. – Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK)

  38. HELENK3 says:

    treasury won’t explain decision to make 3BILLION in obamacare payments

    maybe a few of these dept heads who think they do not have to answer to the American people need some perp walks and some jail time

  39. DeniseVB says:

    The libs/establishment GOP hijacked the #CPAC2015 thread on twitter, being more obnoxious than comical.

    Just saw a cspan3 announcement will resume CPAC coverage at 5, that’s when Walker speaks 🙂

  40. HELENK3 says:

    is anyone watching the great Arizona llama chase on Fox?
    when the video becomes available it is worth watching just to laugh

    a black and a white llamas escaped from where nobody knows. Watching all the people trying to catch them is so funny

  41. HELENK3 says:

    well we just lost another freedom. taken away from us by people we did NOT vote for

  42. Dora says:

    He has always been arrogant, but now he appears to be out of control!

    Obama Dares GOP: Go Ahead, ‘Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto’

    • mothy67 says:

      Thing is he decimating the party. The young are not happy about FCC or amnesty. All these people hitched the wagons to him. He isn’t running again but they are.

    • 1539days says:

      That’s why the GOP are total hypocrites when they say Obama isn’t fighting the war on Islamic terror. They should give Obama an object lesson. Don’t pass the budget, don’t pass the debt ceiling. Cut off the money supply like they do to criminal organizations. But they won’t because they need the country to go to hell for the next presidential election. I almost want to vote for the Democrat out of spite.

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