So my town is doing a potato giveaway. Basically, some of the potatoes that farmers are throwing away, the town has seized and is giving out for free. There's a line (literally) a mile long. America doesn't have breadlines. We have potato lines.
Also, in context, I'm in a part of Idaho that mainly grows wheat, but does have some potato crops. Rather than cutting prices for food, the grocery stores are just... Not restocking on a lot of stuff, including potatoes. So the farmers are just having to through them away because they can't sell them to grocery stores.
So this is literally people who can't afford to buy potatoes waiting in line to pick up potatoes that without government intervention would have been thrown away because a megacorporation can't make enough profit on them.
@ALWETP I feel like this proves that in America we don't have bread lines, we have starvation. We don't have rationing, we just have waste. We don't actually do a better job of feeding our people than so-called "communist" countries.
@ActNebbish bingo. Breadlines are the solution to the problem capitalism created. And they have been in every implementation.
@ALWETP I'm glad your local government intervened
@Anke Me too. Like, it's not technically *my* city government, since my town is split across a state border, but goddamn am I proud to live in a place where people actually solve problems.
@ALWETP I'm just baffled by something good happening
@ben Yeah, I'm genuinely impressed by the city government doing this. It takes balls.
@ALWETP This has a strong Ireland/Choctaw dynamic to it.
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