Substituting in families isn't inaccurate per se, but it's such a naked attempt to manipulate pathos that it makes my skin bristle. Today's example comes from the USDA's Food Stamps page:
"SNAP helps low-income people and families..."That "families" is so superfluous. It's like the DOT saying "This program regulates the emissions of cars and red cars..."
Why am I poking around the food stamps page? Because of this jackass:
(Via Michael Moynihan) That's Gerry Mak, and he is happy that the rest of the American taxpayers and I are paying for his organic rabbit from Whole Foods. Mak, an aspiring artist of some sort, is on food stamps because he's "sort of a foodie, and [he's] not going to do the 'living off ramen' thing."
As someone who's done the "living off ramen" thing: F*** YOU!
This guy isn't in danger of going hungry, he just wants more expensive food. And he wants other people to pay for it. He is deeply, deeply confused about what "need" means, stating that food stamps "feels like a necessity right now" and that "Here I am, this educated person who went to art school, and there are a lot of people who need them more. But then I realized, I need them, too." No. No you do not, you lollygagging, layabout, malingering, deadbeat, wastrel thief!
Mak doesn't not need that money, he wants it. Gerry Mak feels entitled to other people's money. You know what I had for lunch today? RAMEN! And I splurged on the ramen that's 75 cents a pack, instead of the 5-for-a-dollar kind. That was a nice treat. But heaven for-f***ing-fend that I not pitch in to supply Gerry Mak with organic asparagus.
And do you know what the icing on the taxpayer-funded cake is, Dear Readers? Good food isn't expensive, especially if you have time on your hands to prepare it, like a childless, unemployed artist tends to have. Many of the best dishes in the world are former peasant foods.
Rarely do I find myself agreeing with The Other Jeffrey Lebowski, but in this case: "My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose!"
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Edited to add (18 Mar): In the comments Ben Beatrice seems very slightly miffed that I did not attribute the above photo to him or a company he is associated with, Tacos Avant Garde. I can't quite make out what the situation is because I can't find a source for the image Moynihan used through TinEye nor make sense of the Tacos Avant Garde website, but I don't want anyone upset about lack of attribution.
For the record, while I think I make a good faith effort to link to the sources of materials posted here, photographic and otherwise, it is not my general habit to include photo credits when the webpage I got the photo from is clearly identified and linked to. I don't pretend to have produced the images my self, and I figure that if people want to know who did they can follow the links, and if the don't care who did then posting a footnote with that information won't matter. That said, I wish Blogger had the capability to easily add caption to photos, as that would make this kind of thing much easier.