Thursday, December 6, 2007

Grocery Reform

Richard Ralston makes a case for National Grocery Reform.

He says:

“One of the great scandals of our age is the fact that America spends more on food than any other nation. Many political leaders are now calling for urgent reform to bring spending on food under control. Even worse, while the result of this uncontrolled spending includes the fact that many Americans are overweight, some Americans do not have enough to eat.”

What he proposes is a drastic change to the America’s Food System:

“To achieve savings by eliminating the profits of food manufacturers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will assume ownership of all of these firms, purchase all crops from farmers (until such time as agriculture can be reorganized into government operations) and manufacture an appropriate amount of food.”

Of course, this food utopia can’t be built without a little sacrifice, he continues:

“In spite of the efficiencies and cost reductions that government management will achieve, there is some concern that food might not be affordable for everyone. And food is surely a "right," as it is necessary for human survival. Therefore all groceries made available in government commissaries will be free of charge. This will be financed by an increase of 15 percent in income taxes, except for those making over $80,000 a year, whose taxes will be increased by 75 percent. Because the supply of food is not unlimited, a fixed amount of ration coupons will be distributed to insure that each consumer can obtain an equal amount of food.”

Ralston makes some good points; it certainly makes as much sense as anything else being said today.

You can read the full article Here, or at Americans for Free Choice in Medicine.

These brilliant ideas have implications elsewhere, as Ralston admits in his own article. I’ll let him have the last word:

“Rumor has it that the clincher for those proposing socialized grocery plans was stated recently by one of the presidential candidates: "The ideal thing about these proposals is that if we can somehow get this to work for groceries, we can apply it to health care."

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