I like Ted

April 25, 2007 at 10:28 pm (Beer, Politics)

The governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski, is a typical career politician. He was a legislator, a Supreme Court justice, and has been the guv since ought-three. A lifelong bureaucrat, and a tool of the labor union lobby, he is the Democrat’s Democrat. But he is also a fundamentally decent person. This is how you know.

Looking to call attention to the state’s ongoing battle to reduce poverty and hunger, Kulongoski and his wife, Mary Oberst, pledged to spend a week eating only the provisions they could buy for $42 — the average allotment for two people on food stamps. As Kulongoski discovered when he grabbed three boxes of off-brand mac and cheese, it’s tough going.

That’s what they’ll eat and drink this week — no exceptions. Kulongoski has sworn off meals at conferences and restaurants. He’s even forbidden to tap his “beer fridge,” a separate cooler at Mahonia Hall filled with various labels of his favorite beverage.

What I want to know is, where is this unguarded fridge?

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2 Comments

  1. corthar said,

    That cracks me up. I manage to feed a family of five on about $50-$60 a week. Granted, we don’t eat meat…and lentils and rice are pretty cheap. But, come on, two people could eat easily at home on $40. The average cost of our dinners is $5- steamed veggies, perhaps tofu, a complex carb and milk.

    America does not have a lack of food poverty problem. We have an education problem. People need educated on how to calculate value for their dollar- basic mathematics. But you’d be surprised how many people can’t do it.

  2. JB said,

    I was thinking the same thing…his breakfast sounded pretty good to me.

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