I wish I could say that I had seen some efficient government entities, but I
have not. This is why companies like to get government contracts! The food
program is like most government ideas: it has a seemingly good moral purpose,
but runs amok with rules and regulations and cost overruns, with little or no
oversight. That's what is so frightening about Obamacare. Except that
we've already seen what a financial and social disaster that will be.
@airnaut"Waste not, want not" was a great quote by Benjamin
Franklin, though many people today do not really understand its original,
historical meaning - specifically, that if one does not waste, then one will not
"want" (the meaning here being "lack" or "go
without").@KDaveI have personally witnessed some
extremely efficient government entities, and some extremely wasteful private
businesses. I guess that what I am saying is that broad stereotypes about
perceived shortcomings of government are not very useful (unless, perhaps, they
were intended for comic effect).@Ultra BobWhile I find
you viewpoint pretty cynical, I would say that it is also not without some
merit, particularly with regard to fiscal responsibility.
The people who grow, process and/or sell food don’t really care about
whether people waste it or eat it, only that they buy it. Any
thing that increases the consumption of food is good for the food industry.
Using every trick and scam is not beyond the morality of the sellers. TV
commercials, billboards, coupon deals, farmers markets, school lunch, smells,
and testimonials are only a part of the agenda. All, of course perfectly legal,
mostly. Schools should do their best to provide the student with
the environment and wellbeing to foster learning. They should do it efficiently
so as to not transfer too much of the needs of the outside world as costs to the
education process. Take-home-food will add to the school lunch program
without any benefit to the learning process. When I joined the
Navy, heaven was a big sign that said “Take all you want, but eat all you
take”. I followed that admonition to the letter. Children should be
made to follow the same rule.
That is what Govt. does best. Waste.
Waste not, Want not.