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Let Them Eat Whatever's Left Over

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  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Over the past few years I've been dismayed a by many things that have happened in this country. But there can be few more discouraging than the story in the front page headline of today's Boston Globe. It seems that a man named Rauch, who has made millions selling cheap food across the U.S. , is planning to prepare meals for poor people using food that has passed the expiration date. This is what the cherished system of capitalism has finally brought us to. Human beings are commodities to be used, certainly without dignity and only as good as the money we can extract from them. Why hasn't some fledgling entrepreneur thought of this before? This is even lower than constructing prisons for profit We are made to hang our heads in shame among the nations of the world. The U.S. government regularlly berates North Korea for spending money on its military while hunger is rampant in that nation. It doesn't seem to bother us , however, that we spend more on our own military than the next ten industrialized nations while millions of our own people are hungry and malnourished. There isn't much that can be added to this disgrace. If ever I was ashamed to be an American it is today.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    We might start off with the "Late and Great Middle Class" and work our way down or the reverse. The Industrial Revolution in conjunction with Unions brought about the segment of society we refer to as Middle Class America. You may or may not have ever been a member of a union as membership for all has never been very important. Crime and corruption took over control of some and others were ok. I guess that puts our Government and unions if not on the same level close to it. The actions of our government in many instances has border lined on criminal.
    The early industries were set up so that you would be given company housing, bought from the company sore and the education was either minimal or acceptable depending if it were local or provided by the bussiness. "I owed my soul to the company store" were words from a song; but they were not far from the existance of many. The mills and machine shops (auto, etc.) were usually on a higher level. Industry in the US is in decline As wages of unions increased the wages of nonunion also increased. The newly formed Middle Class soon found itself with extra money which created the market for all those extras: a second car, a larger house, a couple of ATVs, etc. etc. erc. We now considered these extra things as necessities. The increase in income slowed and it effected sales of many items. Credit cards became a way of obtaining more and more of things, items we didn't need and not only wanted but demanded Pop, the bubble burst. High unemployment, you may have lost your home, companies down sizing, increasing the work week, multi-tasking for the same pay while spending extra unpaid time at work.

    What we have called Capitalism for the past 150 years was a two Class system; those what had the wealth and everyone else. Capitalism, as it exists today is a multilevel system. Profit is more important than the product. Profit without a product is even better as the bubble bursting showed us. What is the total lost as a result of our financial making profits at the expense of others. Honrsty and ethics are traits people like to believe they have and some have found that just claiming to have them works. We as a Free Society with our greed for more and more at any price allowed all that has transpired over the past few years to happen.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    What a story left, and I suppose this Rauch guy, actually probably a "Raunchy" guy, has never heard of stores not being allowed to sell items beyond their "expiration" dates. The government, or someone in authority, should force-feed him a dozen or so meals of this expired food and see how he likes it.
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    Yes, it is a sorry day, if some guy will do "illegal" food, (expired dates) to make a profit. OR is he "giving it away?" Either way, it is a criminal thing to do, since the reason expiration dates exist, is to keep you from eating OLD ROTTEN food, that will make you sick.

    If any of the "poor people" who eat that expired food, happen to get Food Poisoning, I hope he will be sued for all the Tea in China.

    Let me guess: Is this Rauch guy one of those right-wing "Christians"? Feeding the Flock (the poor) is supposed to be part of their religion, but as usual, the right wingers NEVER GET IT. They don't mind making the poor people sick, or even dying. They never seem to understand that the Lord wanted us to "Do unto others as we would wish them to do unto us." Treat others like you would wish to be treated.

    NOW I UNDERSTAND. It is the typical right wing ideas, that the poor people "do not deserve to live" -- since only the most wealthy people have been blessed by God, and the poor are just road kill, put there to serve the wealthy until they are too old to work, then they are to be disposed of, like so much human garbage. As in Nazi Germany, where people were worked to death, starved to death, & their skin made into lamp shades. They would love to feed them "expired food" ---- (ie) rotten food, that would poison them & make them sick. The Nazis were always looking for better ways to kill off the Jews, in the cheapest easiest way possible. And rotten food is always cheap & available.
  • Democrat
    Portsmouth, VA
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    I have been saying lately that the Repubs want to return to the days of the serfs. Remember they grew the food the lLords ate and the Lords taxed the serfs (which was paid in food), to the point that the serfs couldn't feed their families and many died of starvation or disease due to lack of enough to eat. Trouble is without the 47% the Repubs look down on who would clean their offices, homes, serve their food at a restaurant, run the register at the store etc. Unless we the people do something (wish I knew what) our country will fall. They have forgotten another old saying,( United we stand,Divided we fall). They also call the 47% of being "lazy" They don't even work a full day let alone a full week. Meanwhile the 47% work two jobs, at times working over 40hrs with not benefits which means even when sick they cannot take a day of. While the 2% travel all over the world in private jets. Something is so wrong. I fear all this has become a field of personal vendetta because they have no respect for the people and expecially the office of President. We told them what we wanted at the election of our Pres. and they still do what they want.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I just wonder, they have a "food bank" here in FL, they collect all kinds of food and hand that out already for ages. I presume if people give "can's etc. that on a lot of them there are no exptration dates; for instance how long can you store a can of chili? I presume "left" meant only perishable foods.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Your words sure sound true Dutch, perishable goods for sure, but even canned goods can go bad over time. I just pulled out two cans from my own pantry, one is cranberry sauce by Ocean Spray, and it says on the label itself "FOR BEST QUALITY USE BEFORE DATE STAMPED ON BOTTOM OF CAN", and on the bottom this is printed: "05NOV14 3KJ1220". I would assume that the first part of this means November 5, 2014, but I have no idea what the second set of characters represents. The second can is Campbell's Tomato Soup, and the label says absolutely nothing about any expiration. On the bottom of the can this is printed: "DEC 26 2014 12262 CX XD 2351". Again, I would assume that the first part is probably an expiration date, and I have no idea about the second part.

    All this is saying is that there probably is "sort of" an expiration date on canned goods, but it is never stressed in the advertising or marketing. My guess is that it is some sort of legal method of protection against any possible loss suit, but your guess is as good as mine.
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    Yes, there have always been "expiration dates" on canned goods, but it was not always required. The expiration date usually means that it is the date you should have eaten the canned goods by. After that, you could get sick or even food poisoning. For many years, I would write the manufacturer of any canned goods I bought, & tell them that I would ONLY BUY canned goods (or any other food products) if they had a clear written expiration date on them. (Their secret "code" was not good enough). I kept writing that for years, & do not know if I had any impact, but gradually the cans with expiration dates became almost universal. If you call up the phone number on the side of the can, & ask them what would happen if you ate the contents after the expiration date, they will often give you an honest answer. That the flavor or texture could be less than appetizing, or that it could make you get really sick. Then they will tell you to just throw it away.

    PANTRY ALERT: Someone asked if canned goods are being distributed by church pantries, or govt agencies, & if they are screened to be sure if they were still fresh, & safe to eat. The answer is YES and NO. There are canned goods being distributed by several churches, & a few local charities, but it appears that they are NOT always being screened for expiration dates. A friend of mine recently told me that volunteers had frequently found many donated items that were beyond expiration, & should not be eaten.