Mayor Bloomberg, the multi-billionaire mayor of New York, has had it with people who donate Twinkies to shelters for the homeless. Anything that is not nutritious must not be given to hungry people.
This is his version of the hunger game.
Here is his slogan: “Let them eat Tofu!”
The Bloomberg administration is blocking food donations to all government-run homeless shelters.
In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.
The Soviet Union always restricted what churches could do for the poor. The Communist government wanted to control the provision of food. This was basic to its system of control.
The Commissars did not want churches to get credit for helping the poor. That would have made the state look bad.
In the case of New York City, another law of society governs the new rule. It is North’s first law of bureaucracy: “Some bureaucrat will do something utterly nutty by enforcing a rule exactly as written.”
In short, “Let the poor eat tofu.”