A Cheesy Dilemma

Here are some truths:

1.  Domino’s Pizza is bad pizza.  It’s the pizza that you get when you’re in college and all you can afford is cardboard with some cheese sprinkled on top.  I say this with all the authority of a Chicago Pizza Snob.  I know good pizza.  Domino’s isn’t it.

2.  Cheese is a little bit of Heaven in a chunk.

3.  Our government is a back-assed-wards entity wherein the right hand has no freaking idea what the left hand is doing.

I read this article, and then I had to read it again, because I was so flabbergasted the first time through.  Why?  I have no idea.  Nothing in there should surprise me.  Not a darned thing.  And yet, it did.

In a nutshell, that article (and you can go read it if you’d like your head to explode) explains how the government, under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture has been promoting fat-free milk as a way to lose weight and up your calcium intake.  And who doesn’t want to lose weight and fight osteoporosis?  Yay, fat-free milk!

But on the other hand, there exists a nonprofit corporation, called Dairy Management, which was created in 1995 by the government, whose sole purpose is to “[increase] dairy consumption by ‘offering the products consumers want, where and when they want them.’” Which is where Domino’s Pizza comes in.

Last year, Domino’s was in trouble.  Sales were down, and customers had voted Domino’s as the “worst tasting pies”.  Enter Dairy Management.  The company teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with up to 40% MORE CHEESE, and devised and paid for a $12 million marketing campaign.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Dairy Management, whose annual budget approaches $140 million, is largely financed by a government-mandated fee on the dairy industry. It also receives several million dollars a year from the Department of Agriculture.  That selfsame organization that is operated in part on Ag dollars – Ag taxpayer dollars – paid $12 million to help Domino’s, a private corporation, improve its nasty pizzas.  All while the same Department of Agriculture is telling us to eat LESS dairy fat.  Because we’re fat.

This is the same government that, on one hand, offer us the Food Pyramid, but on the other, provide the lunches in our public schools which are now targeted as a source of the country’s “obesity epidemic”.

That subsidizes tobacco growers and is currently rolling out a new labeling system for cigarettes, which includes gruesome photos of cancered-up organs.

That taxes cigarettes to pay for things at the same time they’re banning cigarettes because they’re bad for you.

Are we surprised?

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16 Responses to A Cheesy Dilemma

  1. Joy says:

    I don’t have the time right now to write a long comment but I was wondering if this is the same government who says we can’t put a toy in a Happy Meal??? Because it promotes unhealthy eating in children???

    Surprise me? Sadly shaking my head no.

  2. SKL says:

    The only thing that surprises me is how many supposedly “smart” people still persist in thinking that giving more responsibility to the government is going to make anything better. When pretty much all evidence points to the contrary – especially when it comes to individual day-to-day choices. Ugh.

  3. lucy says:

    Ugghh.. Domino’s pizza really is nasty… but then again most of the cheap chains have bad pizza.

  4. Joy says:

    I agree with all the smoking stuff as well as this food issue now. They keep making cigarettes and make the addicts pay. People like me who started smoking before we knew how bad it was and then they shun us and make us smoke outside. Now they can’t even smoke outside yet they need the taxes that they bring so they don’t outlaw them or quit making them. Now they’re doing it with food. We have Michelle Obama touting obese-ness in children and everyone is picking apart the schools. Then we have the law on McDonald’s with the toys. WTH???

    I want no part of the government making these decisions for me. It’s okay for them to give out this cheese to the underprivileged and put it on these crappy pizza’s but it’s not okay for McDonald’s to put a toy in a box THAT THE PARENTS are buying their own children?? Seriously, someone needs a lobotomy.


    • Phyllis says:

      Maybe the government could get a group rate on those lobotomies! Then “we the people” could get back to living decent lives, teaching our kids morals, ethics, how to make their own right decisions, wisely no less. We could also begin to have Christmas programs, Easter parades and all the other stuff that has been reduced to the generic “holiday”. Oh, yeah, and maybe we’d be able to teach our kids to balance their own budgets, and fix things that need fixing rather than filling up dumpsters and going out to buy new stuff they can’t afford.

      The government is stepping waaaaayyy over the bounds in recent past, and with disasterous results. Sooooo, if something is working, just get the government folks involved and watch chaos ensue!!!!(Not sure I spelled that correctly, if not,sorry.) Ok, sorry, I’ll get down off my soap box now! I should know better than to get started on the activities Gov. agencies are involved in.

    • Laura says:

      “Someone needs a lobotomy.” You crack me up!!!

      I’ve got a list started here…

  5. Nikki says:

    I think the government creates the problems so they have something to fix. They hurt more than they help, and people still want them to have a say in our daily lives. It’s so ridiculous, yet people feed into it and keep it all going…

    • Nikki says:

      I have to admit, I like Dominos pizza! LOL I am not pizza connoisseur though…and we have left Dominos for Little Caesars since they opened a chain in our town.

  6. Joy says:

    What a crappy blog day. I can’t remember the last time it was this slow during the week. Makes me not want to publish anything.

    • SKL says:

      I have noticed that it’s slow in blogland this month. Can’t imagine what people would be busy doing. Unless it’s Christmas stuff . . . .

      • SKL says:

        There’s a public site where I have been almost the only commenter for a couple of weeks. Weird.

        In fact, I have so much work to do, the only reason I’m here is that I’m in procrastination mode. Don’t tell my boss!!

    • Joy says:

      Maybe we shouldn’t publish stuff. Posts are hard to come by sometimes and I hate wasting them.

      • SKL says:

        Maybe during slow seasons, do more “open ended” stuff, or an enhanced version of the Question of the Day, like “what holiday stuff are you doing this week.” It seems to be easier for people to drop by and answer stuff like that.

        Another idea is to leave a post open for “what crazy news stories have you heard today.” That could get some discussion going without requiring a ton of work on your part. I know I often see an article and think “WTH” but I have no place to vent (since I stopped going to “those” websites).

        It’s a tough call, I know. You don’t want loyal fans to think you’re no longer doing the meaty stuff.

      • Joy says:

        That open post thing is a very good idea. I’ll work on that tonight. I know I miss the chatting. I was gone most of the day today but when I come home and find nothing was said and went and looked that the hits and we’re lower today than we were on Saturday and I can’t remember when the last time that happened was. Under 500 is very low for us during the week.

        Thanks for the idea.

        • Laura says:

          I like that idea, too. I’ll admit that I didn’t do much internetting today – too busy doing Christmas Cards and getting some other stuff done around here. I’m only on right now because Josh is taking his nightly hour-long shower!!

          But the news thing is a good idea… especially during Dec. when we seem to be slower.

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