We haven’t felt up for posting anything on recipes or restaurants since reading this article by Mark Bittman (one of our favorite food writers) a couple weeks ago in The New York Times.
The article is a tad dated; some movement has been made in budget negotiations during the last couple weeks. However, his assertion that Republican budget proposals slash food aid to those who need it while bolstering the incomes of the rich still holds. With Democrats in the minority, many of these proposals will likely move forward.
Here’s the passage the hit me hardest:
These supposedly deficit-reducing cuts — they’d barely make a dent — will quite literally cause more people to starve to death, go to bed hungry or live more miserably than are doing so now. And: The bill would increase defense spending.
Bittman fasted to protest this, and over 30,000 others have joined this effort.
Should we fast? I considered it, but I’m not seeing how much good it will do. We’re at least planning to do everything we can to make sure any politician who supports this kind of thing is out of office as quickly as possible. And if anything like this does go through, we’ll up our contributions to food banks (we currently contribute on occasion at our place of worship).