Michelle Obama Is Getting A Lesson In Supply And Demand

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As a part of her War on Fat People, First Lady Michelle Obama promised to solve the nation’s problem with food deserts. That we didn’t know we had a problem with food deserts is beside the point. Michele Obama was going to fix it for us, and she got commitments from big retailers to open stores selling produce in these food deserts.

Because that’s how the left thinks the economy works. They think the government decides what the people want, and the people just fall in line. But the real world doesn’t work that way. The retailers who had made promises to open the stores aren’t opening them, because it turns out that these “food deserts” kind of existed for a reason.

(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.

An expert quoted in the article attributes the failure of this plan to the people in the food deserts not having any money. If the people in the food deserts were starving that might be the cause, but remember this was an anti-obesity program. The poor people aren’t starving. They’re too fat.

Given that it’s a lot more expensive to eat fast food every day, as opposed to buying meats and produce and cooking your own food, the problem isn’t wealth and affluence. The problem is the choices these people are making. People in food deserts are choosing fast food and junk food over healthier types of food.

Because the left likes to believe that everyone is a victim, of course they’d believe that the food deserts problem (to the extent that it is a a problem) is the result of circumstance as opposed to the choices people are making.

Some people just make bad choices. Unless we’re going to end people’s ability to make choices (and believe you me, sometimes I get the feeling that’s just what people like Michelle Obama want to do) we’re going to have to accept the bad choices the make for themselves.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Econwarrior

    If only we could make those areas alcohol and drug “deserts”, there might be some progress.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      We tried making America an alcohol desert. The nation is still, supposedly, a drug desert.

      The thing is, prohibition doesnt work.

      • keukacarol

        Actually if you check PRIMARY sources- prohibition to a large extent did work – for 13  long years. Towns had great prosperity. Very little work absenteeism.- people showed up to work on MONDAY at the factories. the churches were crowded ;families were not destroyed by alcoholism during this time (yes there were some exceptions- but they were exceptions) Far less (percentage-wise) people were getting drunk and becoming alcoholics. Across the nation it was a rarity ANYWHERE to see a drunk in public. The public school textbooks are good at slanting the time of prohibition- I did not know the true history of Prohibition until I taught it in the last year to an elementary school group of students. If you check out neutral sources (that is a challenge) about Billy Sunday- the main person crusading for citizens to fight  to make liquor illegal, you will find out the TRUTH about prohibition. Alcohol is a popular vice. But there are immense financial, social, family and societal reasons for restricting or outlawing strong alcoholic drinks. 
        Obesity is a problem. but it does not damage the family like alcoholism. I have seen the harm and trauma of a family with a parent alcoholic- it is a higher level problem than obesity. 
        On obesity- Michele – the fat people will always be with you- rich or poor. find another cause to crusade about.  – Or for once put YOUR money where your mouth is -donate from your own personal bank account money for 100 poor obese people to go on a weight loss program.

  • Bat One

    Michelle Obama is getting a lesson in supply and demand

    Well, at least somebody in that family will know something about how economies work!

    • Guest

       “Well, at least somebody in that family will know something about how economies work!”

      But she doesn’t give a shit either!!

  • mickey_moussaoui

    from the size of her big ass it is apparent she knows where to find food

    • Spook

      You must be so proud.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        that comment, coming from a leftist, means nothing.

        I’m being honest. Her ass is large and I’ve seen plenty of photos of her stuffing something large in her pie hole.

        • Spook

          Stay classy.

          • Awfulorv

            Is it the size of her ass, or is it the color of her ass you’re defending?   Don’t bother racist, we already know.

          • Spook

            You are the in-house racist bar none, pal.

          • Bat One

            Just a damn minute!  Hanni/Joe/Larry/Will gave me that title years ago.  So who the F*CK do you think you are to take it away and hand it off to someone else???

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Um, no…..wasn’t me.  I believe that was Spark and he nailed it dead center, 10 ring.

            You think I’m the only person who understands that your comments, beliefs and general world view reveal more about you than you think?

          • Onslaught1066

             Sez the sawed-off syphilitic sleazebag from sunset beach.

            And we all know what the words of a sawed-off syphilitic sleazebag from sunset beach are worth.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            I would say more than the child molester, who runs around using comic figure avatar’s that appeal and lure small boys.

          • Onslaught1066

             Sez the sawed-off syphilitic sleazebag from sunset beach.

            And we all know what the words of a sawed-off syphilitic sleazebag from sunset beach are worth.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

             I would say more than the child molester, who runs around using comic figure avatar’s that appeal and lure small boys.

          • Bat One

            Can’t be gittin” no sarcasm by you, can we, Boy?

            You think I’m the only person who understands…

            No… it’s pretty clear that you are far too ignorant, far too adolescent, and far, far too intellectually crippled to make any sort informed judgement on anything so far above your pay-grade… particularly in English.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

             No?  So then you agree others understand your statements, positions and general frame of mind reveal you to others, and not just me.

            Good to know.

          • Guest

             Says the guy who refers to his wife and in laws as “the spics.”

          • Onslaught1066

             Wait, he changed it to Spooky Buttfuckle?

            … It’s a good change.

          • Guest

             And he puts on black face so no one thinks he’s a racist while he calls his wife the “spic”

          • Spook

            Ever have sex with a woman?

          • Onslaught1066
          • 2hotel9

            You never have, so what is your point, racist Democrat Party c*nt?

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          So you make decisions on being an asshole, or making asshole remarks based on the notion that your general asshole-ness is recognized by only leftists? 

          Hahaha!  Just when I didn’t think you could say anything dumber than the last thing you said, you top it with this sort of malarkey.

          • Onslaught1066

             At least he bases it on something.

            You’re just a walking sphincter with diarrhea of the… face.

            now why don’t you just toddle along now, little (short) hanniturd.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

             Mature!  But what do I expect from a man who spends all of his time with little boys?

          • Onslaught1066

             You expect him to live in Stockton CA, be Greek and possess a sound proofed basement… Why are you dragging Ellin-A$$ into this?

  • Guest

    In urban centers like Washington and Chicago, left-wing groups agitate against companies like Wal-Mart locating in poor neighborhoods. We demand “living wages” they cry. 

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Good.point.

    • Spook

      Small government disturbs you, I know.  Local decisions scare the crap out of the ‘small government’ conservatives.

      • Bat One

        Local decisions scare the crap out of the ‘small government’ conservatives.

        Nonsense!  if it is the local decision of local government to bar a Wal-Mart store, so be it.

        But decisions, whether individual or common, have consequences, and if the consequence of that local decision is that those in the immediate neighborhood have fewer job opportunities while paying more for tuna, towels, and toilet paper, the rest of us should not be obligated to relieve them of the consequences of their decision by providing food stamps, EBT cards, and paternalistic sympathy.

        Same is true for individual eating decisions.  The idea that taxpayers should put more money into “educating” people that eating too much unhealthy food is bad for them is crap!  And those whose “local decision” it is to live on Big Macs, fries and pizza should live (or not!) with the consequences of their decision.  With the choice goes the consequences, and the very last think we need, and cannot afford, is for the bishops of government to hand out taxpayer-funded indulgences to those sinners who make willfully bad decisions.

        • Spook

          That’s a crushing diss of all the red rent-seeking states.  Oklahoma ought not have their abysmal policy decisions coddled, eh?  I’m with you.  Let the idiots rot in their own filth.  Only problem is, we cannot enforce state-to-state borders like we ought to be able to.

          • 2hotel9

             And the National Socialist agenda comes out clearly.

          • Spook

            Tell me why the red states take more social money per capita c*nt.  I order you to tell me now.

          • keukacarol

            Spook- so where is the data for that unlikely conclusion “red states take more social money per capita.” Not so if you are talking about the per capita federal dollars given to each state from all forms of Congressional pork barrel spending. If you read the insightful book The Clipper Ship Strategy by R. Maybury you will note on p 66 that he discusses the fact that federal money given to the states in in very unfair proportions. Often the wealthier states (not usually Red states) get a larger amount of the federal subsidy pie compared to the leaner states. why? their congressional reps were great at “bringing home the bacon”- even bacon they did not need! Maybury states if one state gets more deeply into politics (makes a bigger noise about “needing” more from the fed gov )- they can expect they will get more of the pie! Sad but true principle of our current politics 
            Many red states are below the national average in family income and they often do not get a fair piece of the pie compared to some Blue states that have a higher income.
             We have our work cut out for use as fair minded citizens – we need to talk to our congressmen and tell them – do not vote for more fed projects for states unless it is urgent. The states in general need to take care of themselves!

          • Spook

            Yes, blame the right’s rent seeking on the left.  Typical conservative assclown who will not take responsibility for a goddamn thing.  When someone is proved of doing wrong?  Turns out they were never a REAL conservative.

            I have argued with your brand of clown all to often, oppy.

          • 2hotel9

             Ah, ain’t that cute?!?!? The racist Democrat Party spews racist Democrat Party sh*t every time it posts a comment here. Your crackwhore mommy must be so proud!!!!!

          • 2hotel9

             They don’t, c*nt.

      • 2hotel9

         This, coming from an advocate and defender of socialized medical systems and government control of every facet of American citizen’s lives, means less than nothing.

    • Awfulorv

      How long before the Feds. begin Requiring Wal-Mart, as they did with housing, to build stores in Red-Lined areas?  And then have those inner city stores Subsidized, by we the taxpayers, to make up the losses incurred by thievery?

  • Dion

    You forgot SNAP “food stamps”, the grocery lobby, sugar unions and corn subsidies. Fat people consume to many calories, soda pop, potato chips and candy are high calorie, low cost foods that people on “food stamps” like to grab and go. For the most part low income individuals prefer pre-made foods high in salt and sugars. I used to work in a food bank in an inner city. Foods that people must prepare were the last items off the shelf even when they were made available for free. There is a high demand for prepared meals. Food that requires LITTLE EFFORT to prepare…see the association? Lazy/Obese. No mystery. Those that live in food deserts do so by personal choice. They purchase food that is frozen or packaged while perishable foods like fruits and vegetables sit on shelves and rot. The grocer doesn’t stock these items because they are in low demand and fills shelves with candy, pop and chips because they fly off the shelves (purchased with food cards).

    • Econwarrior

      “For the most part low income individuals prefer pre-made foods high in salt and sugars.”

      That’s also a common behavior among druggies and juiceheads.

      • Spook

        Tell us how much you hate the poor.

        • 2hotel9

           Tell us how much you hate the rich.

          • Spook

            I’m not a Tory scumbag, if that’s what you mean.

          • 2hotel9

            Yes, from your other comments it is clear you are simply another racist Democrat Party c*nt.

        • keukacarol

          I think Econwarrior and spook both have some truth here. Econwarrior is partly right- “for the most part low income infividuals …..”
          I have for over 15 years of my married life been in the “low income” category- husband was a low income pastor in a rural area. We and many low income people we knew/befriended did not “prefer pre-made foods high insalt and sugars”. some did . all of this time (the 15 years) we could have been on food stamps. We chose to not participate. We ate fine. Hambergers, chicken, rice – not beef roasts -too expensive, desserts rarely (ran out of money and ice cream is a luxury). There is too much of steriotyping of “low income people” Lets divide them into categories of “low income” people. there are the
           1 low income/careful with money/clean living group (me)
          2. lowincome/careless withmoney/clean living group 
           3. low income/lazy/unclean living group
           4 low income because did not graduate high school no job skills/want handouts/welfare group/clean or unclean living group 
          5 low income because drug addict/ criminal/some other vice
          now some of these groups eat lots of junk food and sugars- probably partly because of depression of their situation in life
          But not all of these groups have poor eating habits! Like us and many of our friends.
          I think many low income city welfare people do have bad eating habits- but since I do not live among them I should not state it as a flat fact!
          Spook- you are right to a degree I think you inferred that Econwarrior was judgemental. But maybe Econwarrior works and lives near some of the #3 low income people group and maybe theyhave terrible eating habits!
          But you are wrong about him hating the poor! That is out of the class warfare playbook. Sorry that must be tossed out. We are adults. I did not hear any one hating anyone. I heard a judgmental statement of a large class of people -not wise but not hate. 
          I hear the word “hate” being misused way too much. Especially from the liberal side of the fence.  It is a nasty tactic and it makes liberals look like spoiled children who resort to name calling when someone disagrees with them. 

          • Econwarrior

            I quoted someone else, indicated by my use of quotation marks.  My issue is the high incidence of drug and alcohol use in those areas, which leads to poor judgment and poor lifestyle choices.  The high income people who fall into drug and alcohol use generally become low income or die young.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        true.

         Knowing what to eat requires a desire to be healthy and the motivation to prepare meals. The poor also often lack the education to know how to select whats healthy, so they go for what tastes good. I have helped distribute food aid to poor families and in 90% of the homes you will find piles of empty junk food bags and pizza boxes scattered about the house.

        • Spook

          It’s a multi-generational thing.  The Churches do good work in some of these contexts.  Many impoverished adults cannot read.  Moreover, there are serious negative social sanctions against book learning and even moving up in the social strata.  In white populations, this manifests itself as a hostility to higher education, artistic or intellectual culture, and privilege in general.  In black populations it is a hostility towards stuff white people do.

          What’s frustrating is putting money into prisons and food stamps instead of education.  

          Places like Oklahoma, which seriously neglect primary and secondary education, take more than everyone else in foodstamps.  Then they elect conservatives because the blue states are funding their foodstamp bills and they are incapable of causal reasoning on account of not being educated.

          • 2hotel9

            Your hatred for the impoverished peoples of Oklahoma is duly noted. Tell us, why do you hate indians and negroes so much?

          • keukacarol

            All right spook how many impoverished adults do you know or that someone you know knows that cannot read? I know 100’s of low income people. all of them can read on a 8th grade or higher reading level. My son works at a rescue mission in NC. just about All of them have completed 11th grade or graduated and they read fine. I do not buy it that education is a major factor in eating healthy. Obesity is a problem across the economic spectrum- rich and poor have this problem.
            I suggest this- obviously many (not necessarily all) getting food stamps have too much food stamp money. Because many are overweight. So first cut food stamp money to everyone (except the disabled- that is a different story) by 10%. Wait 2 years before you discuss increasing the amount to each family. Also do not allow food stamps to be used to buy candy cookies icecream donuts, pies etc . It is so simple!
            No matter what you, and Michele and I do, some will always choose to eat unhealthy. It is freedom of choice. A right we all have (and hope we shall always have).

          • Spook

            Replace foodstamps with vouchers that are only good for healthy, unprepared foods.

          • 2hotel9

            Really, welfare whore? Why don’t you simply stop using your “food stamps” to “buy” meth and alcohol, whinny lying c*nt?

    • Schimmer43

      You are absolutley right! I worked in the grocery business for 23 yrs.,I saw first hand what they prefer to purchase!!!

  • VocalYokel

    But Rob, ‘prohibition’ is such an ugly word.
    That’s why the prohibitionists would rather express their intentions with phrases like “Think of the children…”

    • Awfulorv

      Kathleen Sebelius  would have made a great prohibitionist, don’t you think? 

  • 2hotel9

    Food deserts, like the District of Columbia? Detroit? Chicago? Los Angeles?

    Problem is fresh fruits and vegetables ARE available, widely and at reasonable prices in all of those cities. This meme is simply another pack of lies from the racists and control freaks in the Democrat Party. People purchase and consume the foods they CHOOSE. That is what pisses off control freaks like Moochelle.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The obama’s are out of touch. The only lifestyle they
    know is one of wealth, privilege and contempt for working white people who love America

    • Spook
      • 2hotel9

         Wow, Mitt makes Barri look like the fool he is in that one. Good find!

        • Spook

          Yes, Mittens is good at the WHO LET THE DOGS OUT.

          Say, is that water you are carrying for the RINO who invented Obamacare heavy?

          • 2hotel9

             Poor little Democrat Party c*nt, is that chip on your shoulder, against white people and anyone who is successful, heavy?

          • Spook

            How does that socialized medicare care cock taste in your mouth?  Did Mitt give you some gardeners pads for your knees?

          • 2hotel9

            Since I pay for my own medical care, and that of my wife and son, the question is, how do you like that socialist cock in you mouth.

            You are the Quebecois who keeps screeching, effeminately and ineffectually, about socialism being superior to being a real human being. How does it feel to wait 18-28 months for basic medical care? Go ahead, stupid c*nt, tell us how it is so much better.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Well lucky for you, your candidate doesn’t come from wealth and privilege with knack for destroying American jobs to make a few hundred million bucks, huh mouse?

    • Awfulorv

      And, of course, Great Britain which once had the balls to try, and convict, Mau Mau killers in Kenya, which still pisses off Chief Ooga Ooga Obama.

      • Spook

        Awfulorv chimes in with his usual racist screed.

        • Awfulorv

          And hooray for him!  as he’s one of the few who have observed the abject failure of all the continents, states, divisions, districts, cities, in the world  which are under the auspices of black leaders.  You  blind liberals choose to blame the Tse Tse fly, but we who can reason, though we’re called racists, know better.  So, go ahead, continue to excuse the most under performing race, save for jumping, and running, in the history of mankind.

          • Spook

            Double down on that racism for us all.  Stay classy now.

            PS – When did you start keeping scores for all the races, asshole?

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Yep.  But you know, tea party folk aren’t racist.

          • Awfulorv

            Have you found that elusive political entity, headed by a black, yet?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Some things don’t change….

            “I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state …. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia …. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va …. I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities.”

            –Klansman and former US Senator Robert Byrd, 1946

          • Todd

             “tea party folk aren’t racist.”

            Good for you, you got something right. Now if you could only pay your taxes.

  • Awfulorv

    Only one way to get the idiots to eat right, and it’s the easiest way.  Merely sweeten everything that’s good for the hogs, without causing weight gain from the sweetener, and make that which is bad for their bodies, bitter to the taste. Of course they could try exercise but, what the hey…

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Why are you so cruel to your host?

      • Guest

         Just when I thought it wasn’t possible for you to make yourself into a bigger hypocritical jerkoff than you already are, you go and out do yourself.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          But why do you think he wants Rob’s food to taste so badly?

          • Guest

            I don’t care, why do you? So who are you planning to kill with your semi automatic weapons?
            You jerkoff.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            But why do you think it’s a good idea to make Rob’s food taste badly, so that he wont eat it?

  • Spartacus

    These “food deserts”  would be smaller and less frequent if Obama and his leftist friends would give up their war on domestic oil production, gas prices could then fall and the poor in these “deserts” could once again afford to travel farther to a grocery store. This is solely Obama’s fault.

  • Davoarid

    Poor people are so stupid. They should just make more money! Then their kids will be healtheir!

    • Onslaught1066

       If you only cared how right you are.

      • 2hotel9

         Stopped clocks and whatnot.

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