Monday, November 19, 2012

Twinkies be damned


By Jim Keyworth
Gazette Blog Editor 
Let’s talk Twinkies.  The iconic but, in my opinion, overrated snack food from Hostess, may be no more – although I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this turn out to be a management ploy to gain sympathy among big fat white Tea Party Americans – the kind who really shouldn’t eat Twinkies anyway. 
The company has shut down its factories in a dispute with its workers and their union.  To which I say good riddance.  If Hostess can’t take care of the people on whose backs it became successful and still produce a competitive product, it deserves to die.  Isn’t that what competition is all about?  There are plenty of bakeries out there cranking out crappy snack cakes poised to take its place.

I’m not saying I’m immune to a good piece of junk dessert.  I’ve even eaten a Twinkie on occasion (although I honestly can’t remember the last one).  But if I’m looking for ways to be decadent, there are better tasting, more politically correct options.

Until the new minority understands that we need to take care of our workers as well as those who own the factories and make a fortune selling Twinkies and other crap that isn’t even good for us, this great Class War is likely to continue.  Until the people who lost the election understand that we little guys (of many colors) are now the majority and that it’s only going to get worse for the fat cats, we’re likely to see more companies attempting to gain public sympathy by killing their respective equivalents of Twinkies.

I say close down Hostess – and Applebee’s and Papa John’s and Denny’s.  Honestly, there are lots of other options out there – options that taste better and/or are better for you.  It’s still a great country.  It’s just not run by the fat white guys anymore.

The time has come for the minority wealthy class to realize that we need to take care of each other to be truly successful.  The delicious difference today is that if the 1 percent (or 10 percent or 20 percent – whatever it is) doesn’t get the message, they are going down – Twinkies be damned.

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