by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
“Progressives” have a terrible track record of choosing policies to help the poor.
One of them is to hound out retailers who serve poorer areas as — and this is best said in high, screeching tones while adopting the most self-righteous expression one can muster — “exploiting the poor!” (You get bonus sanctity points if you can work in a Jim Crow reference.)
When successful, what’s left is a “food desert,” and the “only” solution to that is government money.
Which also has a terrible track record, and which — as Carolina Journal reported earlier this week — isn’t likely to help matters.
In short, the issue bears all the hallmarks of things progressives love: