‘Steaks’ have never been higher
Before she died, my mother’s mother made the best creamed corn I have ever tasted. All she would ever say about it was that it was made from a recipe that was popular during the Great Depression.
One day, I was in her kitchen when she was making her creamed corn and happened to see that she mixed a big scoop of lard into her creamed corn before she cooked it.
For those of you who don’t know, lard is fat from a pig. It is considered not to be a healthy life choice in eating. However, my grandmother ate it almost every day and died just a few months short of her 100th birthday.
When I asked her about it, she said during the Depression, women had to pack the food they served their families with as many calories as possible. Food was expensive. Money to buy food was in short supply.
She, like the homemakers of her day, had to learn how to stretch the food they had.
During the Depression, my grandfather would pick cotton for a dollar a day. If his family was lucky, the four of them shared a pound of bacon a month. The family raised chickens and ate a fried chicken dinner once every month or two months.
Their Depression-era eating habits are proof people will change their eating habits if there is enough financial incentive.
Democrats, who have declared a War on Meat, are counting on that. The government declaring “war” on something usually does not work out well. Look at the results of the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs.
To enforce their anti-meat agenda, some Democrats are talking about placing an excise tax on beef, pork, and chicken and calling it a “sin tax.”
Currently so-called “sin taxes” are on things like cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, gambling and sugar-sweetened beverages like soft drinks -- things that are considered bad for people, but people want them anyway.
Sin taxes are the easiest ones to get enough votes to pass law a tax increase.
Tax-and-spend Democrats and their climate change fear-mongering allies are working with animal rights advocates on tax schemes to increase the taxes on meat so that people will eat less of it.
“We have never been closer to a meat tax,” said Ashley Byrne, associate director of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “We have seen people—including meat eaters—realizing that meat is bad for their health and meat is taking this incredible toll on the environment.”
This is not popular with many people who like their bacon, steaks and fried chicken. Americans for Tax Reform are among those who strongly oppose a meat tax.
“Americans hate new taxes,” said
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “New taxes on a basic consumer product like meat is doubly unpopular and will end more political careers than your usual dumb tax idea.”
As the 2020 elections grow closer, a lot of attention is being paid to Iowa where the legion of Democrats presidential candidates will get their first real test of voter support.
Iowa’s Polk County Democrats recently held their annual Steak Fry to attract the legion of Democrats running for the White House. They came to press the flesh of voters in first-in-the-nation caucus state.
The Iowa Republican Party made fun of Democratic presidential hopefuls for their hypocrisy of opposing people being able to afford taxed meat while dishing out free beef to get votes.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-calif., who said if elected she will implement financial “incentives” for people to eat less meat — just short of calling for taxes on meat.
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., an outspoken vegan who wants everyone to eat like he eats, has said he would cut federal subsidies to the meat and dairy industries to force a price increase on meat and dairy products.
“As the candidates continue beefing over whose extreme proposals go further left, its clear this election will be a cook-off between socialism and President Trumps winning, America First agenda,” the local party said.
There have been more meat-related puns that have made pro-meat tax Democrats the laughing stock of the Hawkeye state.
“The Steak Fry was a great opportunity for caucus-goers to grill 2020 Democrats on their extreme policies that would limit Iowans’ freedoms and liberties,” said
Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. “As they continue butchering their positions, it’s clear the Democratic agenda would steer us in the wrong direction.”
One thing is for sure, as far as the 2020 presidential campaign is concerned, the steaks have never been higher.