Feel The Burning Of Inequality

A friend of this blog writes:

So, this opinion piece says the poor don’t get enough exercise, so of course the wealthy are to blame.    Why? Because wealthy whites like to do things like yoga, spinning groups and the like, and they don’t see poor people at those classes. 

The writer’s solution is anti-wealth. The writer could decide that we need to encourage job growth so poor people could raise their income and choose new forms of exercise, if that is what they want. But instead decides that everyone needs to be brought down a notch, do community yoga and the like. 

Sort of like the morning calisthenics during Mao’s regime!

I wonder how the fitness instructor a feel, the yoga instructors, etc about the idea that they are making too much money teaching classes to wealthy people? The writer didn’t say that, but that would be a consequence of getting rid of private gyms.

Eggs must be broken to make an omelet!

And did the writer ask poor people what they’d like to do to increase their physical activity? I mean, in cities, many of the poor are already walking quite a bit for errands, to the bus, etc. Would they like community exercise opportunities? Well, sure, let me just pencil that in between my 2 hour bus commute between my two jobs, picking up food for my family, and washing clothes at the laundromat.

Back when I went without a car for a year, I lost like 30 pounds – and rarely had much time for anything but getting ready for my next walking/biking/mass transit sojourn.

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10 thoughts on “Feel The Burning Of Inequality

  1. First Martens want to keep minorities and poor people from owning guns. Now Vox droid wants to subject them to forced labor.
    I am seeing a pattern here.

  2. 1940 – Appalachia. Poverty is a travesty as we have families living in shacks that look like they are from pioneers of 1820. They have no dental care nor good nutrition/little food for much of the year. Even decent footwear is wear.

    2017 – Minneapolis. Poverty is a travesty as we have families not able to spend $80 a month at Lifetime Fitness to attend yoga classes.

    By the way….yesterday’s St Paul PP has a story on possible oil drilling in Alaska. They called the 19,000,000 acre region “fragile”. So how is it “fragile”? If its not “fragile”, then is this fake news? Did your liberal keyboard macro meant to say “pristine”?

  3. I’m reminded of what I did when told about “food deserts”; I googled places like Gary, Detroit, and south central LA to find out how far it was to the nearest grocery stores. Turned out that it was hard to find any place there where a person had to walk more than a mile or so, and…quite frankly…one might guess that such a walk might do a world of good for a lot of poor people.

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  5. Bubba, there is a reason grocery stores are in short supply in the hood. Just stop into the CUB on W. Broadway sometime.

    When a grocery store needs a satellite cop shop in it, you have a problem, not a business model.

  6. Agreed, Swiftee, though I’m going to decline your invitation for obvious reasons. But even with that, it turns out that going to the market it not an insuperable challenge for the poor as long as they can walk, ride a bike, or take the bus.

  7. On NPR (of course!), I recently heard a reporter use the phrase “child care desert.” Apparently this affects young urban professionals, who want their children to be cared for by Mary Poppins, if Mary Poppins had a degree from Julliard and would work for minimum wage.
    NPR had no problem with these new mothers turning over the most precious thing that they had, their children, to be raised by strangers.

  8. There’s a good reason James Taranto labeled Vox a Young Adult website. I call it comedy gold. Better than The Onion.

  9. Bikebubba- problem is, when the elites are talking about a food desert, they mean there are no Whole Foods or organic co-ops. They consider Rainbow, Cub, Aldi’s and the like to be food poisoners because they sell GMO foods, package food in styrofoam packaging, and have candy at the check out. Don’t you know-how the poor have no right to choose to spend their money on junk food and they need to spend more money on healthy food than what cheaper grocers charge, otherwise, how do we keep them poor?

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