‘Steaks’ have never been higher

The Saline Courier - - OPINION - JIM HAR­RIS

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.

CON­SER­VA­TIVE CORNER

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