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    What if Grocery Stores worked like Public Schools

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    One of the most important things to consider when buying a house is the quality of the grocery district.
    As the name implies, the grocery district determines which public grocery store you and your family get to use. District maps are drawn by the government to ensure each grocery store has an appropriate number of patrons based on its capacity. Most residents are assigned to the public grocery store that is closest to their home.
    Groceries are paid for primarily by local taxes. If residents go to their local public grocery store, they get their weekly groceries without any additional out-of-pocket cost. However, they cannot get groceries from a public grocery store thatís outside of their district.
    In theory, all of the public grocery stores are supposed to provide equal access to high-quality food. Indeed, this is largely why government got involved in the grocery business in the first place. Politicians believed that access to food was a fundamental right and they were concerned that a free enterprise model would inadequately serve poor people. After all, there is not much profit to be made selling to those of lesser means. Or so it was argued at the time.
    Unfortunately, itís clear that wide disparities still exist in the public system of food distribution. Poorer neighborhoods tend to have public grocery stores that offer bad service, limited selection, and occasionally even unsanitary conditions. Itís not uncommon to find food well beyond its sell-by date.
    Meanwhile, in richer neighborhoods, public grocery stores are typically high quality. Most approximate the quality and selection that existed in chains like Fred Meyer, Trader Joeís, or Albertsons before the system of public food distribution was implemented.
    This is why it has become essential to consider the quality of the grocery district when looking for a place to live. Live in a good district, and youíll get diverse, healthy food for your family. Live in a bad district, and your familyís well-being is likely to suffer.
    Critics argue that this system is especially harmful to poor people. In most purchasing decisions, people are not limited to a single provider in their jurisdiction. If they donít like the bank or the mall thatís closest to them, they can drive to one thatís a little farther away that they like better. But in groceries, if they donít like the public store thatís in their district, the main solution is to move elsewhere. If they canít afford to move to a better grocery districtĖand many cannotĖthen they are likely to be stuck with a bad public grocery store.
    One other option for residents in low-quality grocery districts is private grocery stores. In most areas, thereís no law preventing people from getting their groceries from private providers instead of the public system. However, since people utilizing the private system do not get a refund for the taxes they paid into the public system, they effectively end up paying twice. This naturally makes the private solution less accessible to families of lesser means.
    Of course, no one thinks this public grocery system is idealĖespecially since it retains the very inequality it hoped to eliminate. But while everyone agrees there is a problem, there is little agreement on the possible solutions.
    It remains to be seen which reforms will be tried next, but history suggests that we should not be too optimistic.
    The Real World
    The system described above probably sounds absurd. But, in many respects, it is the system we use to provide education in the US.
    One often hears that education is too important to leave to the whims of the market. Yet food is even more important; itís a prerequisite before education can be considered. In spite of this, the (relatively) free market in food seems to work quite well.
    Consumers get a wide variety at a low cost. Even people that have niche dietary requirements like gluten-free or vegan have products suited to them. And while complaints about the quality of public education are rampant, one rarely hears objections about the quality of the grocery stores. In the latter case, people donít have to complain; they just take their business to someone who will serve them better.
    As a consequence, the inequality that exists with respect to grocery stores is actually much smaller than the inequality that exists in education. Whether youíre in a poor area or a middle-class area, the local Walmart is pretty much going to be the same Walmart. Even the gap in offerings between Walmart and, say, Whole Foods, is not so severe. One could still easily purchase the ingredients for a healthy diet in either establishment. But in public education, the difference between good schools and bad can be night and day. It could mean the difference between children graduating or dropping out, progressing or falling behind.
    So perhaps itís time to turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Education is important. It might be too important to leave to the government.
    When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? - Miguel de Cervantes, (Don Quixote)

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    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the Federal Reserve Notes of patriotic central banks



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls' Revere View Post
    I prefer private schools/homeschooling funded by parents or philanthropists but I will accept school vouchers as an improvement.

    And while it should definitely be a state or local issue there is an argument to be made that a healthy republic requires a citizenry that at least has a grasp of the "three Rs".

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    This is the quality content I subscribed for.

    Haha - just kidding, thanks for the post; great read.

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    Don't forget to pledge allegience to the Walmart flag under the watchful gaze of photos of all the walmart CEOs.
    Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,--
    Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
    Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
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    Albertsons , Safeway , Costco, Super Walmart, Sams Club , Broadway, Tiffanys , Super Starbucks, Disney Land ,
    should all be mandated to hold shop in Watts, and Greater Chicago Slums, I have a strong feeling about this,
    where is Joe and Bernie, and AOC....

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    Quote Originally Posted by axiomata View Post
    Don't forget to pledge allegience to the Walmart flag under the watchful gaze of photos of all the walmart CEOs.
    Smile for camera as you drive down the highway.
    When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? - Miguel de Cervantes, (Don Quixote)

    Quote Originally Posted by Voluntarist View Post
    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the Federal Reserve Notes of patriotic central banks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratovarious View Post
    Albertsons , Safeway , Costco, Super Walmart, Sams Club , Broadway, Tiffanys , Super Starbucks, Disney Land ,
    should all be mandated to hold shop in Watts, and Greater Chicago Slums, I have a strong feeling about this,
    where is Joe and Bernie, and AOC....
    could have a Southside Disney Princess
    When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? - Miguel de Cervantes, (Don Quixote)

    Quote Originally Posted by Voluntarist View Post
    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the Federal Reserve Notes of patriotic central banks

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    Awesome!!!

    "What If Grocery Stores Worked Like Public Schools?

    One of the most important things to consider when buying a house is the quality of the grocery district. …
    the grocery district determines which public grocery store you and your family get to use. District maps are drawn by the government to ensure each grocery store has an appropriate number of patrons based on its capacity. Most residents are assigned to the public grocery store that is closest to their home.

    Groceries are paid for primarily by local taxes. If residents go to their local public grocery store, they get their weekly groceries without any additional out-of-pocket cost. However, they cannot get groceries from a public grocery store that’s outside of their district. …

    This is why it has become essential to consider the quality of the grocery district when looking for a place to live. Live in a good district, and you’ll get diverse, healthy food for your family. Live in a bad district, and your family’s well-being is likely to suffer. …

    If they can’t afford to move to a better grocery district–and many cannot–then they are likely to be stuck with a bad public grocery store.

    One other option for residents in low-quality grocery districts is private grocery stores. … However, since people utilizing the private system do not get a refund for the taxes they paid into the public system, they effectively end up paying twice. This naturally makes the private solution less accessible to families of lesser means. … "

    Education is … too important to leave to the government.
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
    "War is the health of the State." - Randolph Bourne "Freedom is the answer. ... Now, what's the question?" - Ernie Hancock.



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