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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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November 20, 2012

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By now, you've probably read or heard that the Hostess firm that makes many wonderful sugary delights plans to shut down and go out of busness.
  
One of my delightful childhood memories is of my mother stopping at the Hostess Bakery outlet store on W. Fourth St. in Mansfield and buying "day old" Twinkies, Sno Balls, Ho Hos and other nutrional foods that kids like.  I would sometimes go into the Twinkie day old store with Mom and gaze at all of the different Hostess products.
She would fill up the freezer with them to dispense to us later "if we were good."  Which, of course, was always.
 
My parents bought this huge freezer from a local grocer in Crestline who had gone kaput, and they made good use of it.  But boy, did it eat up electricity.  That is for another time. I think the electricity cost more than what they saved by buying "day old" cakes.
  
I bring this up about Hostess Twinkies  in The Farmer because we need to look out for, and protect, our food industry, from farmer to end consumer.
  
I don't know if farmers will go out of business if Hostess stops making Twinkies, creme filled cupcakes and the like, but I think there should be a Congressional hearing into all of this.
   
When Hostess Twinkies is about to go bankrupt, I have further evidence that the Federal Reserve Bank has destroyed our economy for sure
  
If The Federal Reserve can print up more unbacked paper "funny money" to prop up the banks, Wall Street investment houses and international lenders, it darn sure has the money to save the Twinkie Industry.
  
These tasty foods have become national icons....a symbol of what is good and right about America.  It is in the government's domain to nationalize the Twinkie industry, if need be, to keep these foods in the stores.
 
Remember Mr. Twinkie and the "Twinkie Kid" from the 1960's. I haven't seen the "Twinkie Kid" on TV for years, which just shows you how far down our culture has gone.  Remember Mr. Ho Ho and Mr. "Ding Dong?"   What's happened to television?
  
In addition to the loss of our culture, I think the government needs to step up to the plate with a bailout of the whole line of Hostess snack cakes.
  
What will the cost be to our country if thousands and thousands of people get withdrawal symptoms because they can no longer buy Twinkies, Sno Balls or Ho Ho's?  Is this worth the risk?
  
What if some nut has withdrawal symptoms when he can't find any Hostess products and goes over the edge?
  
The federal government has bailed out just about everyone else, in one fashion or another and I can't see the discrimination against our food industry.
 
I think all kids, and adults....of every age and description, need to swing into action right now to save the Twinkie while it is still on life support.
 
Just because the presidential election is over for another four years does not mean this is a dead issue.  Just a few weeks ago before the election, we would have had candidates from the state level to the national level fall all over themselves talking about the Twinkie crisis.
  
I can argue a bailout of Twinkies would also be good for farmers. My store is already sold out of them...for good, it seems, so I don't have a label in front of me.  But we are talking about many farm products ending up as Hostess Twinkies.....flour from wheat, sweetener from corn oil, and you can only imagine the likely list of ingredients, some I cannot pronounce or spell.
  
The car industry got bailed out, which polls showed taxpayers overwhelmingly supported.  Our military-industrial complex is well fed....why shouldn't the taxpayers be able to secure Hostess Twinkies?
  
We, the people, can pay for all of this nonsense the world over, and I have yet to hear the first person in Washington agree to sponsor legislation to bail out Twinkies, Ho Hos and Sno Balls.
  
If we can't have this for the people of this country, it is a fine day in Washington and what do we have the federal government for?