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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en...  (More)

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USA - United Stuffed of America

Uploaded: Jan 22, 2015

So I watched the State of the Union on Tuesday. I watch it every year, and each time I do, it reminds me of a dinner party. The table looks lovely with pressed napkins and colorful tablecloths. The meal is served full course with appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and wine. Then dessert ?a steamy apple pie with Straus ice cream; really tasty and very filling. But at the end of the meal, some guests stand up for more. First it's a truffle, then a lemon bar, chocolate bar, brownie, oatmeal cookie?. Everyone gets plenty of food at the meal. But for some, it isn't enough.

Rich or poor, we all want more.

I heard the political responses, and the pundits the following day. I tuned to KQED, then flipped over to AM talk radio. I listened to everyone complain about how someone was going to take away what they have, or how the "other side" wants too much.

Then I thought about, well, me, and how much credit or support I've earned because of who I am. Woman, non home owner, never married, no kids, not a corporation, doesn't work for a corporation or the government, small business owner, investor; not rich, not poor. And it made me think; what are these politicians and groups complaining about? They already get a lot of the dessert. They still want another serving?

Rich people get government handouts. Poor people get government handouts. Business people get government handouts. Family people, challenged people, nonconventionalists?. we all get some kind of government support. Some of the systems help us get more, some of the systems take it away. So is the name of the game to point our finger at the "problem" before someone notices we are all a part of it? Or is it like the ol' family meal where we load up our plate fast before someone else gets the food?

Enough of my blather, it's time for dinner.

Tonight, I'm having three desserts.


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Posted by RHood, a resident of another community,
on Jan 22, 2015 at 9:27 am

Right on! haha. ... Pointing fingers till we are pointed out as part of the problem....
Well, in Politics, there must be some issues with "over eating"!!! How else would we get phrases like:

Pork Barrel, Graft, to the victor goes the Spoils, bigger piece of the Pie, Fat Cats, fair Share, handouts... etc"

I for one want more on my Plate! Ciao, or rather.. chow??

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Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Jan 22, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Grazie Tante RHood. Laughter is the best medicine. Chow Ciao!

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