The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Yeah, yeah, and ketchup is a vegetable.

The elections might have signified a popular rejection of reactionary GOP politics, but it looks like BushCo is going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the sort of Soviet-era doublespeak that's characterized their social policies.

The U.S. government has vowed that Americans will never be hungry again. But they may experience "very low food security."

Every year, the Agriculture Department issues a report that measures Americans' access to food, and it has consistently used the word "hunger" to describe those who can least afford to put food on the table. But not this year.

The USDA said that 12 percent of Americans -- 35 million people -- could not put food on the table at least part of last year. Eleven million of them reported going hungry at times. Beginning this year, the USDA has determined "very low food security" to be a more scientifically palatable description for that group.

Feel free to mention this the next time your favorite conservative rails against the forces of politically correct "language police."