I saw this Tweet and had a Poe’s Law double take.
No way could that be a serious opinion. This guy yearns for Soviet style bread rationing because buying bread is somehow unfair.
This guy can’t be real. I checked. He is. He’s from Portland.
Since I was curious, I decided to check Safeway to find the cost of bread in Portland. Store brand bread is $0.89 for a 16-oz loaf. Just because this jackass only buys Whole Foods bread, doesn’t mean it’s unaffordable.
I don’t know what kind of ideological bubble this guy lives in but clearly it is to the Left of Karl Marx.
The horrendously Right Wing news source NPR gave us an inside look at the bread situation in Venezuela.
Meanwhile, those bakers still in business scramble to find the flour their livelihood depends on. That includes people like Carlos Coelho, who has run the Latina bakery in Caracas for the last 15 years. On a recent day, he started making bread at 7 a.m. Outside the bakery, a line begins to form long before the bread is ready.
Coelho will only churn out about 500 French-style baguettes on this day. He would make more bread if he could, but he’s down to his last few 100-pound sacks of flour.
At midday, Latina workers pull the baguettes from the oven and dump them into bins. The smell drifts into the street and the people in line push forward. Coelho allows just five customers into the store at once. They’ve been waiting in line for two hours, and they are allowed just two baguettes each. In exchange for bread, two policemen monitor the crowd in case fights break out.
Within 40 minutes, the baguettes are sold out. But it could be a while before Coelho has any more to offer.
The people in Venezuela stand in line for bread because there isn’t enough of it. In 2017, Venezuelans lost and average of 24 lbs from a lack of food in a phenomon that has come to be known as the Maduro Diet.
The Houston Chronicle wrote a piece in 2014 recounting when Boris Yeltsin visited Texas. Of all the things the Yeltsin saw in the United States, what affected him the most? The most pedestrian of American activities, buying groceries.
Yeltsin, then 58, “roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement,” wrote Asin. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, “there would be a revolution.”
Yeltsin asked customers about what they were buying and how much it cost, later asking the store manager if one needed a special education to manage a store. In the Chronicle photos, you can see him marveling at the produce section, the fresh fish market, and the checkout counter. He looked especially excited about frozen pudding pops.
“Even the Politburo doesn’t have this choice. Not even Mr. Gorbachev,” he said.
The fact that stores like these were on nearly every street corner in America amazed him. They even offered free cheese samples. According to Asin, Yeltsin didn’t leave empty-handed, as he was given a small bag of goodies to enjoy on his trip.
About a year after the Russian leader left office, a Yeltsin biographer later wrote that on the plane ride to Yeltsin’s next destination, Miami, he was despondent. He couldn’t stop thinking about the plentiful food at the grocery store and what his countrymen had to subsist on in Russia.
Here is how the New York Times (pre-TDS) covered Yeltsin’s experience.
During a visit to the United States in 1989 he became more convinced than ever that Russia had been ruinously damaged by its centralized, state-run economic system, where people stood in long lines to buy the most basic needs of life and more often than not found the shelves bare. He was overwhelmed by what he saw at a Houston supermarket, by the kaleidoscopic variety of meats and vegetables available to ordinary Americans.
Leon Aron, quoting a Yeltsin associate, wrote in his biography, “Yeltsin, A Revolutionary Life” (St. Martin’s Press, 2000): “For a long time, on the plane to Miami, he sat motionless, his head in his hands. ‘What have they done to our poor people?’ he said after a long silence.” He added, “On his return to Moscow, Yeltsin would confess the pain he had felt after the Houston excursion: the ‘pain for all of us, for our country so rich, so talented and so exhausted by incessant experiments.’ ”
He wrote that Mr. Yeltsin added, “I think we have committed a crime against our people by making their standard of living so incomparably lower than that of the Americans.” An aide, Lev Sukhanov was reported to have said that it was at that moment that “the last vestige of Bolshevism collapsed” inside his boss.
Let all of that sink in for a moment.
Boris Yeltsin rose to prominence in Soviet communism. He was the President of the Russian Federation.
What caused him the most mental anguish wasn’t a lifetime of living under the threat of nuclear Armageddon. It was the knowledge that working class Americans could buy frozen deserts and he as the post powerful man in Russia couldn’t.
But I guess Boris Yeltsin is too Right Wing for this jackass too.
There is no ideological argument that could be made that will work on this guy.
Anybody who yearns for breadlines for “free” bread, made in a bakery patrolled by police, with flour from wheat grown on a collectivized farm worked by political prisoner slave labor, because that’s somehow more fair than buying a loaf for less than a dollar is just gone.
All I can say to this is, I’m going to buy the cheapest bread I can and use the money I saved to stock up on ammo.
This guy is the kind of person that supported Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez.
God help us if or when Portland become the mainstream Democrat platform.