How Republicans Justify Cutting Food Stamps While Boosting Farm Subsidies
A libertarian might want to abolish both programs, a socialist might want to keep both. Id disagree but attribute the disagreement to philosophical differences. What possible basis can be found to justify preserving subsidies for affluent farmers while cutting them for the poor? What explanation offers itself other than the partys commitment to waging class war? Being a libertarian myself, and inalterably opposed to farm subsidies, I enjoyed this not-so-subtle tweaking. But it seems worth trying to answer the question, rather than merely marinating in our own moral and logical superiority. Is there a way that we can explain supporting Medicare while cutting Medicaid, Social Security but not welfare checks, farm subsidies but not food stamps? For readers of Jonathan Haidts amazing book, “The Righteous Mind,” the answer should be yes. It lies in reciprocity. Youll find an extensive discussion of this in my forthcoming book (she mentioned casually), but for now lets concentrate on Haidt. Jonathan Haidts original research led him to divide our moral intuitions into five groups, one of which was fairness. But when he wrote that liberals cared more about fairness than conservatives, he received an outpouring of vitriol from conservatives. They cared a lot about fairness, they protested — and they thought it was very unfair for people to be able to live without working. Haidt realized he was dealing with two very different conceptions of fairness: one of which had to do with equality, and the other of which had to do with reciprocity. Fair is a complicated word that appears unique to English (for more on its dizzying strangeness, I suggest you read economist Bart Wilsons piece , edited by me, from several years back). Different groups have invested it with very different meanings, which can make it hard to see how your political opponents can possibly believe what they do.
(Colby Ware/special to The Baltimore Sun / July 29, 2012) Also By Hugo Martin September 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport . No, airport security wont allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside of Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food. Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles, who will rotate in once a year or so. This is our way to help bring people with local talent to offer their food at the airport, said Rich Bennett, senior director of operations for HMSHost, a concession operator at Los Angeles International Airport. Meanwhile, Long Beach Airport is one of a handful of airports across the country that has allowed food trucks to park at its cellphone parking lots to dish out chow to drivers waiting to pick up friends and family members. The food truck program, called Truckn Tuesdays, was originally a summer event held the third Tuesday of each month. But it has become so popular that the airport plans to continue it indefinitely. Passengers, employees and those waiting in the area are enjoying it, said airport spokeswoman Kerry Gerot. ALSO:
Mosaic Home Runs For Food Partnership With Tampa Bay Rays Scores $90,000 For Feeding America Tampa Bay
“It has become a great tradition.” “Mosaic’s generous support has been a game-changer for Feeding America Tampa Bay,” said FATB Executive Director Thomas Mantz. “As a result of their Home Runs for Food contributions and other donations throughout the year, Mosaic has provided a total of 1.1 million meals this year alone to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger in our region. We feel very fortunate to benefit from Mosaic’s long-standing commitment to fighting hunger.” According to the latest USDA report on food insecurity, one in six Americans is at risk of hunger. The fate of our children is worse, with one in four considered at risk for hunger. In the Tampa Bay area, nearly 700,000 of our neighbors struggle with hunger including an estimated 250,000 children. FATB distributes more than 2 million meals every month to help meet that need. About The Mosaic Company The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at www.mosaicco.com . About Feeding America Tampa Bay Feeding America Tampa Bay makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people each week through its distribution to a partnership network of more than 600 faith-based and other non-profit hunger relief organizations. Receiving surplus food donations from growers, manufacturers, supermarkets and community food drives, Feeding America Tampa Bay supplied more than 35 million pounds of food to its 10-county service area in the past year – enough to provide more than 2 million meals every month to those who would otherwise go hungry.