Friday, September 18, 2009

Hi-Ho, The Derry-O
Queen Michelle Goes Shopping

by Dana Milbank - September 18, 2009 - Washington Post

Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?

Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:

The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.

Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens.

Queen Michelle is as tone deaf today as on the day when she told America that she was ashamed of it - until they voted for her husband. Read her Master's thesis and it is clear that this child of privilege, who got a government funded education at the grandest American schools (courtesy of affirmative action) still does not have a clue about the world.

Study after study has proved that organic gardening is a disaster if you are trying to feed the world's people. Yields are a fraction of the yields gotten when you use professional farm processes. If we converted to organic farming by law, as many of Michelle's extreme left wing friends would like, half the world would starve.

It is ironic that Norman Borlaug has just died at age 95. Most will respond to the news by saying "Who?" And that's a shame. As Investor's Business Daily noted in an editorial here:
Borlaug did more for humanity than all of the government programs ever devised put together.

Borlaug was known as the father of the Green Revolution, but he was no environmentalist. Unlike the greens, he was actually concerned about the condition of man.

While misanthropes and neo-Malthusians were predicting mass starvation, Borlaug developed technologies that dramatically increased the yields of food crops and made them more resistant to disease. Between 1960 and 1990, the agronomist's work was responsible for more than doubling world food production.

Queen Michelle shows no indication she has a clue who Borlaug was or how he did this. Of course when you have more servants than any first lady in the history of America, and consider yourself our first Queen, why would you care?

"Let them eat organic arugula", is an easy (even if stupid) response.


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