Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, July 20, 2015

What About The Starving African Children?!

As a little kid, my mother always told me to clean my plate because there were starving children in Africa who were less fortunate than I was. Something tells me other Americans weren’t taught that same lesson. How else do you explain that Americans waste 40 percent of their food? That statistic is even more troubling when you consider that 12 percent of American households are “food insecure” (which is a politically-correct term for “going hungry”!)

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to simultaneously help prevent Americans from wasting food and going hungry: tax incentives for businesses that donate unused food. This is a solution both sides of the aisle should agree upon: “bleeding-heart” Democrats because it help “teh poors”, and “fiscally conservative” Republicans because it offers “teh tax cuts.”

So why did Congress strike down a proposed bill that would have made it easier for small businesses to receive tax breaks for donating food?

John Oliver offers more details in his recent Last Week Tonight segment: