Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Democrats take action, make lunch healthier for congress

Politico: "Nearly everything in the new cafeterias is biodegradable, from plates to utensils to straws, and that situation has produced a few peculiarities. For example, there are no soup spoons, only teaspoons. The company that manufactures the biodegradable flatware doesn’t make soup spoons yet. And some people have complained that the compostable straws can melt in hot liquids.

Politico headed to the cafeteria at the Rayburn House Office Building to test this scenario. A compostable straw placed in hot coffee did indeed become pliable and droop, although it never disintegrated entirely.

Ventura said customers would have to change their behavior to accommodate the environmentally friendly products.

“We have had a few people observe that [straw] phenomenon and we had to tell them, ‘Sip your coffee like a normal human being,’” Ventura said. “We’re trying to save the planet here.”

What a stark turn from capitalism.
Ya know, the business credo 'PLEASE THE CUSTOMER!' and all that jazz.
Nope, this is a government mandated and sustained cafeteria, and by golly, all those cretins who don't know what a 'Cumin-scented leg of lamb with almond couscous' is, or even care to know.

For all this wonderful customer service, it should cost less. Nope, not happening.
"...A fruit and cheese side dish with two small wedges of brie and cheddar, six grapes, two saltines and one strawberry cost $4.95, for example..."
(admittedly, that strikes me as very expensive, but I'm a Texas guy used to paying $6 for a bbq dinner. This may be cheap for them...)

Brilliant. Turns out that 'environmentally friendly' stuff costs more, and doesn't work as well.

Alas, this is not the entirety of the new year's rules.
Sale of tobacco has also been banned. (politico)
(Oddly enough, this probably makes Mike Huckabee pleased, as he supports a national smoking ban.)

"“This is silly ‘feel good’ crap by a bunch of do-gooders,” barked a high-level Democratic staffer (also a smoker). “We should be worried about the housing crisis, the unemployment rate and the national debt instead of making staffers walk four blocks to buy a pack of smokes.”
To some, the new ban carries a whiff of hypocrisy. “If we are really worried about people’s health, why are we still selling triple espressos, double bacon cheeseburgers and ice cream?” asked Hayden Rogers, chief of staff for Rep. Heath Shuler, a Democrat who hails from the tobacco state of North Carolina. “We all make serious decisions every day with real consequences, yet adults on the Hill are not allowed to decide for themselves whether or not to buy tobacco.”

And Boehner? “Apparently Dan Beard didn’t get the memo that the speaker is counting on more tobacco sales to ensure [the State Children’s Health Insurance Program] covers more adults and more illegal immigrants,” said Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith, tossing a little policy into the debate. “Beard’s move is decidedly off-message for a Congress that purports to be ‘for the children.’” "

Congratulations, Nancy Pelosi. the house has continued it's fantastic performance from last year into this year.


Gino said...

i always thought the house mess hall should reflect the same restriction they place on us commoners.

the entire building, even private offices, should be no smoking,
and telemarketers need to call during all the wrong times,
and JW's should knock on every office door once a week,
and every hour some wetback needs to drive down the corridors in a beat up truck blaring ranchero music.

let them know what america is really like, and maybe they'll change things.

SolaMeanie said...

Why do I have this sudden urge to go out into the back 40 and graze for seven years like Nebuchadnezzar?

Cumin and couscous? For a moment I thought someone was swearing at me or being lewd. After all, we are talking about Democrats.

My only hope is that America wakes up and sees the utter stupidity and vapidness ruling the roost on Capitol Hill. Sigh.

Palm boy said...

Gino, your 'blaring ranchero music' comment cracked me up.

If they knew what America was really like, they'd probably leave office and spend some time with their families. We're in pretty good shape, all things considered.

Joel, all that fiber may be detrimental to your dietary health.

Wow... that this would be lewd never crossed my mind until you put them together in that manner... darnit, I'm scared for life.

I think we'll see a change in house leadership this year, but I bet the cafe stays the same.