October 15, 2013

Rotten Tomatoes

The spin on this shutdown is something to behold.  I am, as you would expect, biased, but who isn't framed by their life's experience?  I don't think that my belief system changes how petty this administration has been during the shutdown.  The idea has been to make citizens feel the pain of the government's actions.

One area in which they have failed miserably in the shed-a-tear-for-us department is the cuts to the White House residential staff.  Does anyone really care if the normal staff of 90 is cut to a bare bones 15?  Is it a national tragedy that the White House garden is going unharvested?
The first government shutdown in seventeen years has had a dramatic impact on First Lady Michelle Obama's world-famous Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, currently bursting with more than thirty kinds of vegetables, including Presidential pumpkins awaiting harvest just in time for Halloween.  

In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste.  The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, thanks to the mandate for "minimal maintenance" placed on the skeletal crew of National Park Service gardeners who remain on duty at 1600 Penn.  

The gardeners are not allowed to harvest the crops, a White House source told Obama Foodorama. 
Weeds are springing up everywhere, and the vegetables that have already fallen off the vines are now mouldering on the ground.
Did you catch that last bit?  It isn't that there aren't people there to pick the tomatoes and pumpkins, they aren't allowed to.  It is a mandate, from on high.

Apparently, Michelle can't put on her gardening gloves and pull weeds unless there is a photo op involved.

Somewhere in that ridiculous article quoted above, there was mention that this was the first White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during WWII (wrong, Hilary had one on the roof when Bill was the prez).  The juxtaposition is worthy of notice.  Roosevelt's White House garden was intended to encourage Americans to support the war effort and supply shortages by rolling up their sleeves and providing for themselves.  Michelle's garden was a PR object, used to bolster her initiatives aimed at healthy eating and exercise - the product and activity of maintaining a garden seemingly takes a back seat to proving a point with this administration.

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