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A sensible post graced with classic Rosenfield wit. Hope you write more on Substack

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I was surprised 535 people were yelling at you in the comments section until I realized I was staring at Matt’s post. Time to put my phone away....

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I'm the manager of my small town's food bank and am currently in a bit of a kerfuffle with the mayor of small town, who likes to lecture us all on Facebook about the importance of shopping local and patronizing the far too expensive grocery store that's the only place to shop in town. I deal almost weekly with new customers signing up for our services, often while crying, in disbelief that they can't afford to feed their families anymore and how they especially can't shop at the one grocery store. And when people go to the local FB groups to make these kinds of observations they're chastised by the Mayor who reiterates the importance of buying local and not shopping at the Walmart in the next town over. Now see she's not wrong, it certainly helps the town to keep the dollars in town and it's great that she advocates for local businesses, but she doesn't seem to understand how elitist and removed from reality she sounds. She's been the beloved mayor for a very long time now but the last election she won by only a handful of votes, and if the way people talk about her now is any indication she won't win the next one.

People are truly struggling with food prices out here and those who may mean well but simply can't admit that reality without hedging just look really out of touch.

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I knew I quit Twitter for a reason. I would have been sucked into this quagmire and I would have hated myself for doing so. It's like eating pistachio nuts, though: how do you stop once you start? My blood pressure thanks me for quitting both (pistachios and Twitter, too salty).

And yeah, more blogging would be most welcome. Your (Kat) writing is one of the things I miss most about Twitter, and one of the only reasons I'd consider subscribing to Unherd. Perhaps I need to read more Unherd articles by other people. Don't know. If I got regular content here, I'd subscribe for sure.

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I continue to be mystified by how many otherwise intelligent people are confused by the rising costs of things. I remember being so grateful when our government was passing bills worth trillions of dollars to keep our economy afloat while many of us had to significantly reduce or completely stop working because we were facing a terrifying pandemic and saying to myself we will have to pay this back at some point. Well, here we are, paying it back, and it has been far less painful than I expected thanks to the fact that we finally have someone sane and responsible in the White House. It’s that simple. Why is this so confusing?

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The issue often is definitely that certain grumbles about living costs are tinged with an undercurrent of privilege discourse.

But I think it's similar to the notion (however unfair) that crime becomes a more urgent concern when it starts encroaching upon those who are typically part of the secure middle class. If even they cannot experience comfort - then who can?

I wrote about this in the context of our (particularly grotesque) housing crisis, here in Canada a little while ago: https://www.mustardclementine.com/p/weve-let-our-housing-crisis-get-so

Call me crazy, but I do think it's kind of a problem that a younger version of me wouldn't be able to afford the life I had in my 20s, all else being equal.

Ignoring this reality is something our leaders do at our collective peril.

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Oh. Didn’t know you were on here. I used to like to listen to you and your contemporary @Phoebe Maltz Bovy ’s Feminine Chaos podcast. I’ll subscribe.

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I noticed the fight from Inez F. Stepman, who fought Democrat guys (mostly guys), over the price of Wegmans sliced ham.

It's just Twitter ping-pong, but still quite annoying that inflation Poirots can only say "Shop at Walmart" while they don't shop at Walmart themselves. Or doing grocery at all.

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