Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Barack's Mac & Cheese...

"Musicians can run this state better than politicians. We won't get a lot done in the mornings, but we'll work late and be honest." - Kinky Friedman

I often wonder, do people like Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney fix their own macaroni and cheese?

This is a real question I pose. And something, to me, that can be taken as a huge microcosm of the disconnect between American politicians and the citizenry they're voted to speak for. Does Rick Santorum know the difference between Kraft powder blend or deluxe? Does he know the pecking order from homemade, to store bought, to frozen, to boxed? Does Joe Biden know that if you leave out milk, and double up margarine, your M&C is significantly creamier?

I could make that box without looking at the directions from a very young age. Even adapting various cooking methods of the Stouffers family size to include Morningstar Chik patties and Swiss cheese. A method that will be consistently mocked for it's lack of speed, but damn you to hell if you don't think it's delicious. ( I guess this paragraph was designed to make me feel normal, and in the context of this article, somehow superior to those I'm talking about...just being honest)

Now, please don't get me wrong. I don't find a lack of knowledge about the nuances of macaroni and cheese to be a real detrimental quality in a candidate. In reality, if he takes the time I take thinking about this stuff, he shouldn't be president. I just often wonder, more and more these days, do these people have any idea how normal people live?

I mean really, between the current state of political mudslinging and what happened during the NBA lockout, I really can't stand listening to wealthy people yell at wealthier people. It's all too much for one person, and our ideology supports it. The American state of mind that puts surplus and comfort and selfishness to the forefront of most motivations.

I find the idea of dying on top of a pile of money obscene and absurd. Somehow, I feel like we've been conditioned to think these things ARE our identity, when simply they are not.

I got off topic here. Maybe I'd just vote for the person who makes the best Mac & food stamps still cover those, Newt??