Thursday, April 7, 2011

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

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When Thomas Jefferson wrote the words in the title of this post, America was far from equal. We nevertheless believe we live in some kind of meritocracy where just deserts are doled out.

While dairy farmers chip in their $.15 per hundredweight checkoff money to get people to buy more dairy products, it is obvious from the above graph that those most capable of spending more are actually buying more dairy products.

So, why not use the millions of checkoff dollars to enable the bottom 20% of income earners to bring home more from the dairy section?

The distribution of wealth in this country is right up there with the banana republics. Popular opinion however, seems to hold that those on the bottom deserve less and who knows maybe all the rest will soon be above average, maybe even filthy rich.

1 comment:

  1. John,

    Are they buying more dairy products or merely paying more for what they do buy?ie. high end ice cream like the chick in manhatten that sells it for $27/pint, artesian cheeses, organic,etc.