The latest Government absurdity is the proposal of the “Food Desert” which is supposed to be a map of areas where a significant percentage of low income people live more than 1 mile away from a grocery store. It has a very nice maps interface that you can move around, and I guess we are all supposed to be shocked!!! at how many of these deserts exist and how hard it is for the poor to obtain groceries in a country as “rich” as the US.
The problem comes when you start breaking down many of these areas to find that there are Walmarts, Sam’s Clubs, International food markets, and small business grocers inside these so called deserts. At first glance I thought that the USDA just called up the big supermarket chains, but the exclusion of Walmart has me thinking they just called up the teamster and SEIU and asked for a list of approved supermarkets.
The other issue to note is that many areas covered are not just “Food Deserts” but residential population deserts as well. For example, universities, cemeteries, forest preserves, and portions of airports in and around urban areas end up being labeled “Food Deserts”. From this we can surmise one of three things:
- Nobody competent looked over the finished product before it went to print
- Somebody competent did see it, but due to managerial incompetence there wasn’t enough money to make a more precise product, or
- The government is willfully engaging in a propaganda campaign, and doesn’t care about the defects even if it may know about them.
In these situations its almost hard to pick out which of the three options is the worst as it relates to the American people. One, is scary because it implies the government isn’t capable of producing beyond a high school level in critical thinking. Two, is troubling because no doubt the budget on this thing was enormous to begin with and it just impresses upon you how little we taxpayers actually get for our money. Three, is flat out evil, but you can fight evil.