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For The Children: Michelle Obama’s Plan To Force Businesses To Expand In Less-Profitable Areas

July 21, 2011 by  

For The Children: Michelle Obama’s Plan To Force Businesses To Expand In Less-Profitable Areas

On Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama announced commitments from major food retailers to expand more than 1,500 stores in order to provide more access to healthy food at more affordable prices, as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity.

“‘Let’s Move’ is about giving parents real choices about the food their kids are eating. And if a parent wants to pack a piece of fruit in a child’s lunch, if a parent wants to add some lettuce for a salad at dinner, they shouldn’t have to take three city buses, or pay some expensive taxi to go to another community to make that possible,” Obama said.

Obama also addressed the concerns from the food industry that had stood in the way of providing certain foods to certain demographics: “(W)e knew the conventional wisdom on this issue — that businesses won’t take the risk of investing in certain communities, that the costs are too high but the profits too low to make it worthwhile.”

Obama said businesses and communities need to partner with government, saying: “If we want to make a difference in this issue, we all are going to have to step up — all of us.” Obama pointed out how the Federal government is making funds available for the Food Financing Initiative, which is dedicated to providing incentives for businesses to carry out the “Let’s Move” program’s ideas.

“And this administration is committing $35 million this year, and the 2012 budget proposes another $330 million for next year,” Obama said.

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  • Jeep

    Great…another “guberment cheeze” give away program. And, we (the working class) will pay for this how? Last I heard there was a debt “crisis”. So, the plan is to spend…um…more? Hmmm…sounds like a great idea, we’re broke, in debt to our ears, so, let’s introduce a new “guberment” payout!

    • Cawmun Cents

      The word you are looking for is “Gubment”,no r is neccesary.Say it fast(gubmint).Sorry to have to train you in the vernacular,but I thought it prudent at this time.-CC.

      • mickey

        Maybe he was referring to “goober” with which I agree.

      • Abner

        That wasn’t necessary…you knew exactly what he meant.

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  • Karolyn

    I’m sure most of the people who post here don’t live in inner city neighborhoods where the only food stores are the local corner stores that have crappy food and rotten vegetables and charge and arm and a leg. These people neither have the means, nor the way to go outside the city to shop at the better food stores. Bravo that larger stores like WalMart are willing to move in.

    • JimH

      Karolyn, This poster doesn’t live in the inner city, where someone my have to take a bus for a whole mile to get to a good food store. I do have relatives who live in rural area’s where the nearest food store is ten to twentyfive miles away. They have enough ambition to go there, though. They don’t go hungry.

      • Karolyn

        Many years ago I used to spend time in the lower eastside in Manhattan, which is pretty ghetto-like. It always amazed me that many of the people spent their whole lives in one neighborhood, never even getting out of the city. It is part of the mindset. It is the same in the rural south. One of our food banks has purchased a van to bring donated food to the elderly and infirm. There absolutely are people who cannot get to the larger stores and therefore, spend their lives eating junk from the local gas station.

        What is the problem with large companies accommodating these types of neighborhoods? The article title uses the word “Force.” How exactly is Michelle Obama “forcing” companies to do this?

        • Dan az

          Can you say 35 million this year and another 330 million next year.The whole Idea stinks of big brother trying to run your life.I guess if your going to force people into the cities you would have to feed them right?This woman needs to put a sock in it,and stop trying to give our money away.Please show me where in the constitution it says she or anyone can force a business to expand to loose money hand over fist.OH I get it they will be bailed out with more of our tax dollars.Come on cant you see what is going on?

        • JimH

          Karolyn, If companies were encouraged to open stores in these area’s no problem. Being forced would be unconstitutional. But if it were economicaly viable they would most likely be there already. The delivery for the elderly and infirmed is a good idea. Able bodied people have the physical ability to get out of the area to get food, or even a job and move to a better place. No one but their own mindset is holding them prisoner there.

        • mickey

          Karolyn, I’ve lived in those major cities and there are still butchers and fresh produce, all on a bus line. there are great farmer’s markets right downtown. The last I was in NY there were fresh vegetable and fruit stands on nearly every corner so don’t go there that people don’t have access. It is just a push to subsidize the “big corps”, you know, the ones the dem socialists abhor.

        • mickey

          Karolyn, I think “companies” says it all. Right now there are thousands of little businesses and thousands of small growers. These will be replaced with Monsanto products, WalMart, etc. And if you lived in NY, you know most of the vendors live above their place of business. I guess you like eating cellulose “added” meat, the eggs produced by chickens that never get out of their own poop, the cows confined that breathe their own methane. Milk produced with more hormones and antibiotics than I have taken in my lifetime.

          Awe, but then the administration jails anyone selling raw milk, in a legal contract. Spends a whole year’s worth of resources to do just so.

          Yep, Michelle has all the “children’s” health at heart.

      • mickey

        I have to agree to that. The nearest grocery store is more than 7 miles away for me. lol and there ain’t no BUS service, duh.

        As long as I can remember inner cities use empty lots to grow neighborhood gardens. For 25 cents one can grow 50 heads of lettuce, much cheaper than 330 million.

        This is just another dictator move. Food stamps plus 4 meals a day and now more subsidized food from the companies donating to obama, from companies filling boxes with less and less, costing more and more. Let’s just add how much NY property costs.

        and less we forget, targeting the same people the obama’s identify as “fat” and threatening to take their kids away.

        I wonder if that will include diet drink products that makes one infertile.

        Oh, and the law that says we can’t grow for our consumption nor share any food.

        Yep, Michelle is right on the ball (filling her pockets at our expense).

    • http://deleted Claire

      WalMart?? I try never to buy anything at Walmart anymore. Too damn much stuf in their stores that are made in China. I prefer items “Made in the USA” if I can find them. Besides, the meat at WalMart looks kinda weird. I don’t trust it.

      • granny mae


        You are right. The meat does look strange. In fact that meat is weird. It is treated by some means. I have been told that it is zapped with radiation but I don’t know. What I do know is it doesn’t spoil! I had a package of hamburg from there and instead of putting it in the freezer my grandson put it in the fridg. in the utility room and it got pushed to the back and wasn’t used for two weeks. When I finally found it I looked it over and it still looked nice and red and when I opened it there was no smell of decay. Now that one really threw me for a loop ! I’m not feeding my family any kind of meat that doesn’t rot !

    • Harry J Schaubel

      You’re overlooking a VERY important sentence there: “Obama said businesses and communities need to partner with government”. Sounds like the Gov’t “Partnering” with General Motors.
      Besides that, how does she find time to worry about issues? She’s too busy vacationing around the world at Guess Who’s expense. Maybe she should stay home and take all that wasted taxpayers money and put it to better use. Here’s an idea… Apply that to the National Debt!
      But then I’m prolly gonna be labeled an “Evil Racist” along with anyone else who don’t go along with that. I lived over 10 years in North Side Milwaukee in the heart of the “Core”. “ONE” bus ride took me 5 minutes to reach a major grocery chain store.

  • s c

    K, why make this hard? Bummer’s wife should ‘force’ someone like George Soros to open hundreds of inner-city stores so locals can have access to better food. Now, if Soros doesn’t like it, then what you’ll have on your hands, k, is a guy who needs to be ‘encouraged’ to do the right thing. We gotta REDISTRIBUTE ALL THAT MONEY FOR THE KIDS!
    Let’s not call it persuasion ala Hitler, let’s call it “transforming America.” Force is such a dirty word. After all, it’s compassionate and smacks of social justice, too.
    I just can’t wait for this to happen. Remember, ‘yes, we can.’ As we all know from the last two and half years, it’s a swell phrase and it’s so full of promise. It almost brings tears to my eyes – almost, that is.

  • http://deleted Claire

    Personally I do not consider it a “bad idea” to eat wisely. After all, the old saying–you are what you eat. I don’t see how Michelle can have any influence on getting stores to stock additional items that they don’t normally stock on their shelves–seems like stores stock what the mainstream people “buy.”

  • Cawmun Cents

    Nevermind the additional reefer space,which doesnt come cheap.How can you be expected to provide fresh vegetables to people who dont ever eat fresh vegetables?So Joe Shmoe vendor is supposed to free up space in his inventory for a new refrigerator to keep the vegetables in,and space on whatver counter or rack to display them?I say put a carrotstick in the deep fryer and offer it to the rats.But put twelve fried twinkies on sale for 5 cents.Lets face it folks if it aint deep fried in lard,it aint worth eatin’.Heck even Mexicans refry their beans.Frying them once aint enough.How obvious do you have to get?Dont get me stated on carnitas….the best food in the world.And light beer?Why are all the men starting to drink light beer?The first way to womanize a man is to get him to drink light beer.He might as well have a salad with that light beer…hah…pussies!No wonder they are trying to turn us into Europeans…we are starting to think like those effeminate jackasses.God help us….-CC.

  • s c

    Funny someone should use ‘Let’s Move’ as a motto. In this case, it’s even stranger. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to make this a better country than for a certain family to MOVE back to Chicago (immediately, that is).
    Do you need any help packing? Chicago needs to be totally transformed, and I know just the one family that can do it! Think positive, and GET OUT of Washington.

  • reXteryalizer

    Oboma has NOT brought CHANGE, In fact ~~ THE ONLY real THING needing CHANGE !

    Was Barack Hussein Obama II.

    Barack Hussein Obama II ( Who hates American Values )

    Who who is A ” SELF PROCLAIMED Enemy ” ~ of responsible, Morally Conscious HARD WORKING Americans.

    oBOMAS supporters KNOW~ that Barack Hussein Obama II, WILL FORCE YOU to paY THEM, out of your PockeT ….

    This UN~CHANGABLE fraud, has done His VERY BEST to Inspire VIOLENCE.

    THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. saying “Bring it on” To his supporters.

    Oboma ~ Demands Saying “Get ready for hand-to-hand combat with your fellow Americans”

    – Obama has ALSO DECLARED to his Supporters

    “I want all Americans to get in each others faces!–

    Obama demands !

    “You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” – Obama Cant wait to get everybody involved in some kind OF CONFRONTATION of some sort….


    Obama has ALSO DECLARED “Republicans are our enemies”-

    ** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

    ANGER VIOLENCE and more taxes….. THIS IS OBAMAS Change for america

    /“Hit Back Twice As Hard”. He commands !


    *Obama on the private sector: ~~ “We talk to these folks…~ / so I know whose ass to KICK.“
    OBOMA wants to KICK your ass /

    Shouting THAT Republican victory would mean ~ “hand to hand combat”

    HE IS EXPECTING people to kill & BE VIOLENT / for their immoral CAUSES

    * Obama Tells democrats: “ I’m itching for a fight.” !

    PLEASE go to reXes NEW WebsiTe ~ ! Oboma *( Just like Adolf Hitler~~ In that oBOMA~~~ Demands ! — [ THE FINAL SOLUTION – ~ For Un~Wanted Children

    Barak Obama A MURDERER .~Torturing UNWANTED babys on DEATH ROE

    OBAMA supports TAKING a little NEW BORN innocent child.. / BORN. ALIVE ~

    sTabing it iN the head & SUCKs ITS BRAINS OUT.

    He also demands, that a Child SURVIVING a FAILED ABORTION, Has no RIGHT to Life or medical care.


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