Hard times ain’t what they used to be…

Did you happen to read any of the stories from Jim’s post on life during the Great Depression? If you didn’t, you should. Times were hard. Folks remember eating navy beans three meals a day for weeks. Some couldn’t afford lard and would substitute tallow. My own grandmother told me that she would take a thick slice of bread spread with lard and a wrinkled apple to school for lunch… and still had it better than some. They lived in rural Iowa. It had to be tougher in places like New York City.

Think about that while you read this…

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.

Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.

What would the hungry folks of 1936 say about “poverty” today? Scratch that. Even the relatively well-to-do of 1936 wouldn’t have just thrown out fresh bagels.

I am starting to think that the “worst recession since the Great Depression” isn’t much like the Great Depression at all.

Gopher, Everett?

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3 Responses to Hard times ain’t what they used to be…

  1. Bman says:

    It seems NYC wants to thwart all attempts of man to directly help his fellow man. As long as we are a free people, we will continue to help each other without the need for government interactions. Big government doesn’t like that. Big government will do all it can to ensure man is powerless to help his fellow man. That is Big Brothers job…..and Big Bro knows best.

  2. Locke n Load says:

    Bloomberg is a tyrant but he sees himself as a wise man. To call him a Republican warps every meaning of the term. All these statists are alike, they believe in the Platonic ideal. Wise men, caretakers to watch over us all and guide us into a utopian society. It makes me sick.
    Its the difference between the individual as sovereign with god given rights to be protected, and the state as God.

    Bloomberg thinks so VERY little of his ‘subjects’. I find it amazing the city hasn’t emptied out as fast as Kalifornia…

    Think about how much smaller NYC govt could be, how much more efficient and affordable if the city made policy that encouraged individual solutions like the food donations. That of course wouldn’t do. It wouldn’t validate the statists sense of self importance. They need to be needed, need to control. The founders would DESPISE the likes of Bloomberg.

  3. Lyun says:

    Then get rid of Bloomberg.

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