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A flowering goldenrod colony

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Much more expansive than the goldenrod (Solidago sp.) you recently saw by the side of a pond is this colony on the prairie in far northeast Austin that I spent time with on October 2nd. The bushes forming a wall across the background are poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta.



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I think you’ll all agree that food is a human necessity: if we don’t eat, we die. According to one website, “the average cost of food per month for one person [in the United States] ranges from $150 to $300, depending on age. However, these national averages vary based on where you live and the quality of your food purchases.” For simplicity, let’s take the average of those two monthly figures, $225, which amounts to $2700 per person per year buying groceries.

Now imagine the federal government required each of you to give it $225 a month, in return for which you’d get a $225 monthly credit at any government-run grocery store. What foods those grocery stores carried would be determined by the government. If you didn’t like the selection available in government grocery stores, you could still shop at private grocery stores if you wanted to, but none of the $225 you’re required to give to the government each month could be used in the private grocery stores. You’d forfeit the obligatory $225 a month and would have to use additional money of your own to buy groceries in a private grocery store.

Would you be happy with that arrangement? Why or why not?

(To be continued two posts from now.)


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 16, 2022 at 4:26 AM

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