Shocker: FLOTUS’s plan to weed out “food deserts” failing to bear much fruit

posted at 2:41 pm on May 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

As a part of her “Let’s Move!” campaign, the government-funded endeavor to curb childhood obesity within a generation, First Lady Michelle Obama has lectured upon the necessity of eliminating “food deserts.” Mrs. Obama argues that these urban and rural communities, where the supply of wholesome foods and fresh produce is ostensibly very limited, are a direct cause of unhealthy lifestyle habits. If we would only subsidize easier access to more nutritious foods, she reasons, the people in these communities would use their newfound options to diversify their dinner plates, and hey, problem solved! Unfortunately, like most centrally-planned projects designed to impose top-down virtue, the First Lady’s plan isn’t really taking root, reports Bloomberg:

After vowing to open more than 1,000 stores selling fresh fruit and vegetables in underserved urban neighborhoods, or “food deserts,” grocers have opened a fraction of them, putting in jeopardy Michelle Obama’s effort to improve food choices for low-income Americans.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), which said last July it would have 300 food-desert stores nationwide by 2016, has opened 23 and delayed opening some locations after a backlash from activists. Supervalu Inc. (SVU), which pledged to double to 2,376 its Save-A-Lot stores, has slowed the pace of openings amid declining sales and scarce financing for its licensees. Meanwhile, grocers are opening stores in wealthier urban enclaves.

Food desert locations, by definition, aren’t profitable, according to Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at the University of California at Santa Barbara. …

Shoppers who live in low-income city neighborhoods “don’t fill up a basket and spend $100, they buy $10,” said Lichtenstein, who wrote “The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.”

This is yet another example of nanny-state bureaucrats ignoring the laws of supply and demand and attacking the symptoms instead of the disease. First of all, last month the New York Times reported on a study that not only dismissed a correlation between food-desert locations and obesity rates, but also demonstrated that low-income neighborhoods are typically awash in food options, including nutritious foods. So, that’s your basic premise out the window right there.

Secondly, if there really aren’t many healthy foods to be found in these areas, it’s only because there isn’t a market for them. For whatever reason, people in these areas do not want to buy fresh-caught scallops and broccoli sprouts. The likeliest over-arching explanation is indeed low-income levels — having the time and money to plan, shop for, and cook nice healthful meals is a luxury that comes with prosperity — but spending taxpayer money to merely improve access to these communities’ foods isn’t going to change that.

If the Obama administration really wanted to improve Americans’ nutritional intake, they’d stop with the costly small-beans band-aids and instead look for ways to support the robust, flourishing economy that is the only true full-scale remedy for weeding out the problems of poverty. Hint: higher taxes, an unprecedented regulatory agenda, and meddling legislative hack jobs like ObamaCare don’t make the list.


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People can’t just open hundreds of food stores all over the country and have them magically prosper overnight?

Louis Renault, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

The Schaef on May 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

It’s almost as if no one in the Obama administration has any business acumen whatsoever.

HumpBot Salvation on May 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Her azz would benefit more from weeding out food desserts.

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Unexpected.

pambi on May 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

There are places where you can’t get good basic cooking materials. There are places that people will never have the time to cook a meal for their kids.

There are many fast-food restaurants that provide a cheaper meal for your kids than something prepared at home, unless you are at a real subsistence beans-and-rice level. And that kind of meal takes time.

It’s not evil corporations creating these zones, however. As Erika says — supermarkets can’t stay open when nobody will shop there. Conversely, the chicken/burger/sandwich places stay open just fine, because they fill the need the community demands.

And when the community demands fresh foods, those will be sold alongside the burgers. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for it.

Prufrock on May 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

A nice place to start would be de-funding sugar subsidies, instead of restricting access to everything they’re already subsidizing… of course, that would be too logical for the FLOTUS and her husband… and party.

leucanthemum b on May 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Sorry, I got side tracked on the Let’s Move website. I was hoping it was “Let’s move, out of the White House”. Go out the front door and just keep walkin’.

I live in almost downtown Dallas. We have two apple trees, a fenceline of grape vines, blueberry bushes and strawberry plants to provide desert. None of those count the vegetables, grains, fruit and herbs that we also grow, just not for desert.

cozmo on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Doesn’t matter. The Sycophant Media will declare it as a MAJOR accomplishment because to them, only feelings matter. Results & common sense are irrelvant to them.

SnarkySam on May 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

This just has to be devastating for her. She really cares, you know. It was apparent in the way she watched out for the poor folks in her last community outreach job in the medical field. She was able to find a place for them to find medical care…..:)

a capella on May 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

We could go into one of these mythical food deserts and plop down a grocery store on one corner and that outlet would still be less profitable than the three fast food restaurants on the other three corners. It isn’t just an unworkable business model, there are also things like shoplifting that work against government swooping in and demanding for more “options.” But really, the heart of the problem is cultural not logistical and you don’t change that by having the FLOTUS constantly showing up on television and screeching about fat kids.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), which said last July it would have 300 food-desert stores nationwide by 2016, has opened 23 and delayed opening some locations after a backlash from activists.

Progressive totalitarians pressure Wal Mart to open stores in low income areas. Other progressive totalitarians fight Wal Mart’s efforts to open stores in low income areas.

And it’s all about a lack of food causing people to be fat – or whatever.

And the ills of these neighborhoods have all been either created or exacerbated by the Progressives’ malignant efforts to destroy the family and economic opportunity and replace them with the State.

forest on May 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Quit robbing neighborhood grocery stores and there won’t be a food desert…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Just gotta love this? Everything bho and mo gets involved in goes down the krapper! The sad fact, taxpayers are paying for their schemes going down the krapper!
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letget on May 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The regular grocery stores in my neighborhood closed because their “customers” stole them blind. The one little mexican carneceria has a single front door with the cash register right there with at least two employees guarding it.

DanMan on May 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

So basically if you forcibly remove all the stuff you don’t like, stuff you do like will show up where it used to be. Too bad so many ecologists and city planners actually believe this horsecrap.

For every success in invasive species removal and urban “renewal”, there are dozens that have been nothing but an expensive, corrupt, damaging waste of money.

Which is what the crusade against “unhealthy” food supplies is. Not only a waste of public tax-collected money, but of consumers’ spending money as well, as the wind up paying $3 for a pack of sodapop that would cost $0.75 in an unrestricted market.

Daikokuco on May 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Asian food stores not wanted…

- Marion Barry

PatriotRider on May 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

A nice place to start would be de-funding sugar subsidies, instead of restricting access to everything they’re already subsidizing… of course, that would be too logical for the FLOTUS and her husband… and party.

leucanthemum b on May 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Crony capitalism in Chicago:

The Sweetest Bribe

While Tootsie Roll Industries’ Code of Business Conduct and Ethics says “employees engaged in foreign operations should never make any payment to a governmental official, agency, instrumentality or political,” a domestic government “bribe” has been a key contributor to its business success and resistance to consolidation over the past 20 years.

In 1985, the Gordons walked into Chicago Rep. Dan Rostenkowski’s Washington, D.C., office with a bag of Tootsie Rolls and a request for foreign trade zone status. The congressman granted the request in 1990 legislation. The status allows Tootsie Roll Industries to avoid tariffs and pay world sugar prices, saving the company up to $20 million annually.

Fallon on May 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Our heinous, ‘not-really-proud-of-America’ FLOTUS and her dopey, anti-America husband must go.

Pork-Chop on May 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

i am sure that most people are like me: after dealing with this president and first mooch, i want to grab a greasy, sickening cheeseburger and fries and wash that down with some cold hard pop or a shake. i don’t want VEG-TA-BULLS!!!!!

GhoulAid on May 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Maybe the First Lady should have a talk with a councilman in our her town:

“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” he said at an April 3rd campaign event. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now.”

http://reason.com/blog/2012/04/22/marion-barry-doubles-down-on-dirty-asian

Or, maybe she and Barack would like to invest their own money into a Ward 8 grocery store and “give back”.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 2:58 PM

You know what will work the best, to end childhood obesity ?
NO MORE welfare and food-stamps.
It’s that simple.

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 2:58 PM

This problem is easily solved by the creation of a set of constructive incentives. The new markets will either become profitable or the manager and assistant manager will be shot.

That’s just the kind of “outside the box” solution that an Obama administration icon named Chairman Mao would have used.

Cicero43 on May 7, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Food desert locations, by definition, aren’t profitable

 
Y’know, I think I might see a connection here.
 
I’ll admit a perverse interest in their “solution” that will cost loads of money in perpetuity and have sad/comical unintended consequences related to employment or expansion involving the same folks they’re trying to (ahem) help.
 
Sorry in advance, blacks and hispanics “underserved urban neighborhoods”, but it looks like you’re going to enjoy some more malevolent goodwill.

rogerb on May 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

GhoulAid on May 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I’m going to need something a lot stronger than pop or a shake to forget for a moment, who’s president . . .

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

…how’s Mooches garden coming?
“Let’s Move” her out of the White House as quickly as possible!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Quisp on May 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Heh, irony, with that fat girl next to her…they both look like piglets.

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I work in a downtown area, which is a “food desert”.

Open a grocery store here and the benefits would be:

1) Free shopping carts for the “homeless”!
2) Parking lot for the “homeless” to camp out and beg for “spare change”
3) Parking lot for illegals to gather in the a.m., to get day labor
4) Place for the drunks who populate the park, to buy liquor on their way to scaring tourists

I can’t see any downside to it.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I’m going to need something a lot stronger than pop or a shake to forget for a moment, who’s president . . .

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

lol. trust me, there are days i wish i drank. and there are other days i wished i snorted coke.

GhoulAid on May 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

ol. trust me, there are days i wish i drank. and there are other days i wished i snorted coke.

GhoulAid on May 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I picked a bad presidential term to give up sniffing glue.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

wow, you mean the bewigged beard of the earflapped messiah can’t wave her catcher’s mitt sized hands and magically refute the laws of economics, supply/demand, and oh I dunno- reality?

Tsk tsk fisker.

Let’s Move!

GrassMudHorsey on May 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Asian food stores not wanted…

- Marion Barry

PatriotRider on May 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Los Angeles animals, April 29, 1992

MNHawk on May 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), which said last July it would have 300 food-desert stores nationwide by 2016, has opened 23 and delayed opening some locations after a backlash from activists.

Bet they weren’t Tea Party activists…

MeatHeadinCA on May 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Well, hells bells….there IS a solution.

All the FLOTUS has to do is have MR. POTUS mandate that we “eat our peas”.

He has a 100% success rate with passing “mandates”

Opposite Day on May 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), which said last July it would have 300 food-desert stores nationwide by 2016, has opened 23 and delayed opening some locations after a backlash from activists.
Bet they weren’t Tea Party activists…

MeatHeadinCA on May 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Well, if the white interlopers and the dirty asians aren’t going to open groceries in urban black communities, who’s gonna do it?

That’s right, the US government. Because rich blacks are not that stupid with their money.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Because agricultural economics and access to healthy food haven’t been solved immediately, we are to blame the First Lady? At least she is trying to make the world better. I suppose you just want her to appear every 2 years and read a book to children like Laura did for 8 years.

inthemiddle on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Living like they do it’s unlikely the Obama’s have ever truly traveled rural areas on roads leading to nowhere. In my state I can drive virtually any country road and within 30 minutes find pickup trucks and roadside stands full of fresh fruits and vegetables being sold by local growers. Sometimes they will even put out a wheelbarrow of produce next to their mailbox with a large “FREE” sign in front of it. Sadly, a good portion of it spoils as growers living in a rural community having many other growers can’t seem to give it away fast enough.

sirmatthew on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Shoppers who live in low-income city neighborhoods “don’t fill up a basket and spend $100, they buy $10,” said Lichtenstein,

I’m guessing that this moron has never seen a pregnant welfare mommy with 4 kids and a gang banging ” boyfriend” shopping @ a supermarket/grocery store !

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

A vitamin B+ performance right there…

percysunshine on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

People can’t just open hundreds of food stores all over the country and have them magically prosper overnight?

The Schaef on May 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Of course they can. They can be funded with Obama money. From his stash.

The Rogue Tomato on May 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I heard opening a kennel department is all the rage in today’s supermarkets.

Archivarix on May 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The likeliest over-arching explanation is indeed low-income levels — having the time and money to plan, shop for, and cook nice healthful meals is a luxury that comes with prosperity

The problem in low-income areas is rarely the lack of free time.

Let’s face it, you could hand deliver a daily dose of arugala, fresh vegetables and fruit and it would end up in the garbage, along with the Burger King wrappers and the other crap they eat.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Please don’t be too harsh on her. She might end up not being proud of her country again.

50sGuy on May 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Meanwhile …

Physicians Group Asks Food Nazi Michelle Obama To Stop Being Photographed Eating Junk Food… (via Weasel Zippers)

Quisp on May 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

This will not be swallowed well, poor pun intended.

MeatHeadinCA on May 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

At least she is trying to make the world better.

She could get her husband to resign, that would REALLY be “making a difference.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Arugula wasn’t a staple on my parents plates when they were growing up during the Depression.

catmman on May 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

As a part of her “Let’s Move!” campaign, the government-funded endeavor to curb childhood obesity within a generation, First Lady Michelle Obama has lectured upon the necessity of eliminating “food deserts

Perhaps she could name this part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign “Let them Eat Arugula!” before she jets off to another European 5 star hotel.

MessesWithTexas on May 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I work in a downtown area, which is a “food desert”.

Open a grocery store here and the benefits would be:

1) Free shopping carts for the “homeless”!
2) Parking lot for the “homeless” to camp out and beg for “spare change”
3) Parking lot for illegals to gather in the a.m., to get day labor
4) Place for the drunks who populate the park, to buy liquor on their way to scaring tourists

I can’t see any downside to it.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

5) Place for bums to use the store’s facilities to relieve themselves and consume + deal drugs

6) Place for gangs and bums to steal everything

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I suppose you just want her to appear every 2 years and read a book to children like Laura did for 8 years.

inthemiddle on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

No, I want her to disappear from public view and read the “help wanted” ads.

CurtZHP on May 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I work in a downtown area, which is a “food desert”.

Open a grocery store here and the benefits would be:

1) Free shopping carts for the “homeless”!

2) Parking lot for the “homeless” to camp out and beg for “spare change”
3) Parking lot for illegals to gather in the a.m., to get day labor
4) Place for the drunks who populate the park, to buy liquor on their way to scaring tourists

I can’t see any downside to it.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM
5) Place for bums to use the store’s facilities to relieve themselves and consume + deal drugs

6) Place for gangs and bums to steal everything

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

One more:

7) Large canvas for taggers to artfully decorate with gang signs and other charming “art”

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I suppose you just want her to appear every 2 years and read a book to children like Laura did for 8 years.

inthemiddle on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

OH NO YOU DID NOT! LAURA BUSH WAS A CLASS ACT SWEETHEART. A C-L-A-S-S ACT. SOMETHING THE FIRST BEAST KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT!

GhoulAid on May 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Given this Administration’s inclinations and ideology, I can think of a dozen other projects Michelle Obama could be involved with that would be worse. This seems like pretty harmless stuff — indeed, the kind of thing that, if a Republican First Lady were doing, at least some of the criticism would turn to praise.

Perhaps it’s a hopeless task to get kids in these neighborhoods to eat better. But I know in my city (a) large supermarket chains are extremely averse to opening in low-income, high-crime areas, and (b) some portion of this population WILL eat healthier foods if they have easier access to them. Richard Simmons isn’t going to get across the importance of eating better to 16-year-old, 5′ 7″ black teenagers; perhaps M.O. can.

bobs1196 on May 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I suppose you just want her to appear every 2 years and read a book to children like Laura did for 8 years.

inthemiddle on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

NOPE. Don’t even wanna hear that much from her. If Moochy would just shut up! and go away, that would be perfectly acceptable to me–and millions of others.

stukinIL4now on May 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Even if there were fresh food stands on every corner of the hood, what they gonna carry the stuff home in? All the bags are banned. Guess we’ll be subsidizing reusable bags made in China so the poor get new ones every time they shop. Won’t the streets look lovely with all those bags flying around?

lonestar1 on May 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

It’s almost as if no one in the Obama administration has any business acumen whatsoever.

HumpBot Salvation on May 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Shocking, huh?

Barack Hussein 0bama, the community organizer (whatever that is) and his similarly unqualified wife, who spent their entire adult lives handing out pamphlets on street corners in Chicago before beginning a lucrative career in politics, have no idea how the world works.

Their whole modus operandi is to “spend (other peoples’ money) first, ask questions later.”

UltimateBob on May 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Food desserts?

No, food deserts.

Oh, well, that’s alright, then. Carry on.

parteagirl on May 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

One more:

7) Large canvas for taggers to artfully decorate with gang signs and other charming “art”

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

and let’s not forget :
8 ) A place for hoochymamas and putas to hang out , from dusk till dawn

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

“Food deserts” cause obesity…?

Akzed on May 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

8 ) A place for hoochymamas and putas to hang out , from dusk till dawn

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Hoochymamas? Are they related to long legged mackdaddys? :)

50sGuy on May 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

This reveals the simplistic view she (and her husband) have of our society.

They truly believe that all problems in the AA community stem from the single fact that business, banks and similar entities simply refuse to transact with the community in an equitable manner to how they interact with more well to do communities.

So, problem = poor diets? Cause MUST be no grocery stores. Just plop a store in the area and all residents will flock there to buy healthy foods. Problem solved.

When in reality, the low-income areas she is concerned about have developed a culture over decades of government “assistance” which has contributed to single parent household, many of which have young, low educated mothers who don’t know or care about healthy diets and simply recreate what they were shown themselves about food.

Solving the real problems causing poor diet in this community is not a simple fix.

Chitownmom on May 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Shoppers who live in low-income city neighborhoods “don’t fill up a basket and spend $100

I’m guessing he hasn’t been shopping in a while, even in grocery stores that aren’t high end you’ll reach $100 long before you fill the cart up.

clearbluesky on May 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM

At least she is trying…

inthemiddle on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Results don’t matter. Everyone gets a participation prize, right?

Fallon on May 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Most of the people in these food deserts are too ignorant to even be able to cook anything. I saw a lady and her three children in the grocery store awhile back and they were all as big as houses. So big, I don’t really think they could tie their own shoes. And they had an entire cart full of nothing but frozen pizzas. At least 50! Meanwhile, they had skipped the fruit and vegetable section of the store.

BierManVA on May 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Hoochymamas? Are they related to long legged mackdaddys? :)

50sGuy on May 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Related as in service providers ;-)

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

WTF is a “food desert” anyway?

In a sane world it would describe what happens when you deliberately shut off farmland water supplies in order to save a pathetic little fish.

At least she is trying to make the world better. I suppose you just want her to appear every 2 years and read a book to children like Laura did for 8 years.

inthemiddle on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

She’s trying to expand the nanny state, that is her only goal.

As for reading books to children, that would be a good start – it would be her first real job.

mudskipper on May 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Like anybody is going to pay attention to somebody giving food advice who stuffs cheeseburgers and french fries in her face.

sage0925 on May 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Because agricultural economics and access to healthy food haven’t been solved immediately, we are to blame the First Lady? At least she is trying to make the world better. I suppose you just want her to appear every 2 years and read a book to children like Laura did for 8 years.

inthemiddle on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Oh, come on. She’s not trying to make the world better. She’s trying to look better. If Michelle Obama wanted to make the world better, she’d tell her husband to butt out.

MeatHeadinCA on May 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Related as in service providers ;-)

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

lol!

50sGuy on May 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM

It’s almost as if no one in the Obama administration has any business acumen whatsoever.

HumpBot Salvation on May 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I would edit out the first four words of that sentence.

John the Libertarian on May 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM

When in reality, the low-income areas she is concerned about have developed a culture over decades of government “assistance” which has contributed to single parent household, many of which have young, low educated mothers who don’t know or care about healthy diets and simply recreate what they were shown themselves about food.

Solving the real problems causing poor diet in this community is not a simple fix.

Chitownmom on May 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I wonder how many of us taxpayers know that we taxpayers pay for
” parenting classes” by various government agencies, in which these “mothers” are ” trained ” to be ” parents” using welfare and food-stamps.
Yet the problem doesn’t seems to be solving ….I wonder why ????

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Barack Hussein 0bama, the community organizer (whatever that is) and his similarly unqualified wife, who spent their entire adult lives handing out pamphlets on street corners in Chicago before beginning a lucrative career in politics, have no idea how the world works.

Their whole modus operandi is to “spend (other peoples’ money) first, ask questions later.”

UltimateBob on May 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Ironic, isn’t it, that the only executive-type experience Barry had before the presidency was running the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The Annenberg Challenge gave away privately-donated money to a variety of organizations, for the purpose of improving Chicago’s horrible public school system. Obama supervised the disbursement of over $100 million to a variety of leftist organizations. An independent study done after his tenure concluded that the donations had done nothing to improve Chicago’s schools. Obama okayed money for things like Juneteenth (end of slavery celebration) parties in schools, but denied funding for requests from organizations that proposed practical things like tutoring kids in remedial math skills.

The five trillion dollars Obama has blown since taking office is like the Annenberg Challenge on a national scale. But you’d have to search far and wide to find even a single voter who has heard of the Annenberg Challenge, or knows anything about Obama’s work on it.

Generations of Americans will have a lower standard of living thanks to the MSM’s infatuation with this ludicrous character.

AZCoyote on May 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

8 ) A place for hoochymamas and putas to hang out , from dusk till dawn

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Now you’ve gone too far. Your points were all good prior to this. Hoochymamas and putas are vital to a community, especially those with no fresh produce.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

It’s almost as if no one in the Obama administration has any business acumen whatsoever.

HumpBot Salvation on May 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

They are proudly against profit-making, so they must heavily approve of grocery stores in lower-income urban areas.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

State bans bake sales.

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Maybe she should try the Chinese or the Cambodian Models. They don’t have a problem with obesity like we have.

So all we have to is ship everyone in the city out to the farm and let them grow their own healthy, fresh, and yes, organic food.

Heck, Cambodia alone managed to liberate 20% of their population from obesity in only 4 years. I’m sure the First Lady can do better.

Lily on May 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

The “low income” parasites feed their kids crap because they were fed crap. No amount of vegetables and fruit is going to change their ways.
Cruise through the housing projects and you will see lots of empty chip bag, cola, candy wrappers, malt liquor bottles. They know fruits and vegetables exist, I suppose, but they are too lazy to actually prepare food for their families. Our city is worried about the kids being out of school and not getting meals, so they are continuing the free breakfast and lunch programs and are now offering dinners. What is happening to us when we have people who won’t give their children food but expect others to feed them?

megthered on May 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

What is happening to us when we have people who won’t give their children food but expect others to feed them?

megthered on May 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Next thing you know, they’ll be too lazy to get off the couch and vote for the people who make all of this possible.

NoDonkey on May 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The elephant that no one wants to admit is the high correlation between crime rates and these urban “deserts.” I’ve worked with many a retailers on the south side of Chicago selling video surveillance systems and the extra cost of security is enough to break many businesses. Match a high shrinkage (theft) rate with extreme difficulty in even finding qualified employees and it is a combination guaranteed to keep out large retailers.

JackBurtonJr on May 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Clearly when the Private sector does not respond to such a great need as this then the Federal Government has a duty and responsibility to act to protect the health and welfare of it’s citizens…..…..that is why today I’m pleased, with the First Lady by my side, to announce the new Federal initiative called “Great Health on Every corner”.

……this announcement coming from the White House in 5….4….3…

which means in a 2nd term that we’ll be paying for people to carry more than just Health and Beauty aids out of their corner Walgreens and CVS (See they can’t stop them from loading up and hauling it off, lest they be accused of racism or “insensitivity to the poor”).

…..And just wait till the customers start complaining to CNN about the “lousy stinky vegetables” they are getting for free (or subsidized). They might just be eating better than the Taxpayers paying for it.

COME ON AMERICA……where your freeckin compassion?

PappyD61 on May 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

The likeliest over-arching explanation is indeed low-income levels — having the time and money to plan, shop for, and cook nice healthful meals is a luxury that comes with prosperity

Cooking your own meals is a freaking “luxury”? Who in the Hell is stupid enough to believe this crap?

NEWSFLASH: It costs a LOT less to cook your own food than to have somebody else cook it for you, freeze it and shrink wrap it for your convenience.

And where did this insane and idiotic myth about America’s poor people working 60-hour weeks come from?

It’s hard to even know where to begin in trying to unwind this huge knot of concentrated craziness. But in a nutshell: Poverty doesn’t cause lack of judgement and laziness.

With all due respect, there is no way that even the stupidest person who ever lived could accidentally at so many ass-backwards assumptions, all at the same time, and compacted so intensely into a single sentence. This is far beyond mere idiocy; this is liberalism.

logis on May 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Two Tales from Possum Holler.

We have a store (subsidized by the city to get it off and running) that was closed after years because……wait for it….the customers were stealing the chain store owners blind.

Then the city had to give subsidies to a local person to operate the store (bad part of town you might say). Well it was on the news a few months ago that the NEW OWNER might have to…..wait for it….CLOSE because he’s being stolen blind by his customers.

Then, clear across town in Prospectors Crik at the local Walgreens Mammy was tolds by one of the clerks that people will load up carts FULL OF STUFF and walk out de doh and put it in their cars and drive off. The clerks have been instructed not to pursue. While Mammy was there one day the clerk pointed out a couple of the ladies that did this and sure enough there carts were full and off they went out the door.

They come in about once every couple of weeks to stock up you might say.

Baby some of deese Deserts used to be Oasis but the local Sand herders have draineds it dry.

Open your wallets America…..you knows you owe them.

PappyD61 on May 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I wonder what will be next? A brain desert where all common sense and intelligence is gone. How will Moochelle deal with brain deserts? Oh wait a minute, she will eliminate one by moving out of the White House.

Smedley on May 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Time for an Arugula Airdrop!

Air Force One spreading parachutes of fresh veggies, like the Berlin Airlift, over America’s “food deserts”.

Look! Here comes a bushel of Obama parsnips!”

profitsbeard on May 7, 2012 at 4:16 PM

“You gonna finish eating that???”

-Moochelle.

portlandon on May 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Evidently folks don’t appreciate being dictated to by Her Highness.

GarandFan on May 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Evidently folks don’t appreciate being dictated to by Her THighness.

GarandFan on May 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

FIFY

profitsbeard on May 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I don’t know where the ridiculous idea that fast food is cheaper than making a home cooked got started. I can spend half of what it would cost to get take out and make a healthy meal. And yes cooking does take time but I’m not sure why Erika thinks that’s a luxury only for the prosperous.
As far as grocery stores being profitable in the cities-where I live, two stores closed down in the small city nearby due to shoplifting, vandalizm and break-ins. Attempts were made by other companies who faced the same challenges. Those stores remain empty and people have to drive or take a bus out of the city for food shopping.

hopeful on May 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Hoochymamas and putas are vital to a community, especially those with no fresh produce.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I apologize :O
Soggy peaches and tarter sauce do fall under
” fresh produce” category !!

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), which said last July it would have 300 food-desert stores nationwide by 2016, has opened 23 and delayed opening some locations after a backlash from activists.

Some people like the fact that others are living in food deserts.

unclesmrgol on May 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I remember hearing a similar story on NPR (yeah, I know). They were talking about how bringing co-op farmers’ markets to the inner city would fight obesity. They funny thing was the ‘obese’ family they interviewed. Two out of three kids were classified obese. Because they didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the kids were forced (forced!) to eat frozen pizza for a snack when they got home from school. You know, even canned fruits and vegetables would be healthier than microwaves pizza for a snack. A food oasis ain’t gonna fix stupid.

BohicaTwentyTwo on May 7, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Moochelle upped the chocolate ration from 4 grams to 3, what more could she do?

jukin3 on May 7, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Because they didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the kids were forced (forced!) to eat frozen pizza for a snack when they got home from school. You know, even canned fruits and vegetables would be healthier than microwaves pizza for a snack. A food oasis ain’t gonna fix stupid.

Exactly. One serving of fresh or canned fruits or veggies is better than a couple of servings of junk. Eating healthy is a choice. Eating unhealthy is also a choice.

hopeful on May 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

For all of her wasted efforts she would have accomplished far more by just taking the money from all of her bogus programs and ridiculous vacations and instead just spent time in the soup kitchens feeding the hungry.

Blacksoda on May 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Guess what, healthy “perishable” foods… get this… perish… if you’re poor, you minimize expenditures on food that can go bad…

phreshone on May 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The likeliest over-arching explanation is indeed low-income levels — having the time and money to plan, shop for, and cook nice healthful meals is a luxury that comes with prosperity.

Cooking your own meals is a freaking “luxury”? Who in the Hell is stupid enough to believe this crap?

NEWSFLASH: It costs a LOT less to cook your own food than to have somebody else cook it for you, freeze it and shrink wrap it for your convenience.
–snip–
logis on May 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

In some cases it can be cheaper to buy than to cook for oneself or a family. In a study I heard about years ago, I think the example in particular was a McDonald’s hamburger. However, that included the value of one’s own time to prepare the meal, not just the cost of the ingredients.

So, those welfare cases where the recipients just sit around, it is cheaper to prepare meals. For those who are trying to work two or three low-paying jobs to make ends meet for their families, the limits on time may make fast food and other pre-made items reasonable.

(Nothing, of course, justifies the continued stealing of stuff from stores, though.)

Kevin K. on May 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Like anybody is going to pay attention to somebody giving food advice who stuffs cheeseburgers and french fries in her face.

sage0925 on May 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

And don’t forget the Lobstahs.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

NEWSFLASH: It costs a LOT less to cook your own food than to have somebody else cook it for you, freeze it and shrink wrap it for your convenience.
–snip–

logis on May 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

In some cases it can be cheaper to buy than to cook for oneself or a family. In a study I heard about years ago, I think the example in particular was a McDonald’s hamburger. However, that included the value of one’s own time to prepare the meal, not just the cost of the ingredients.

Kevin K. on May 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Likewise many years ago I recall a story about how it was impossible to make a pound cake at home as cheaply as buying a frozen one made by Sara Lee.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

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