Governor recommends meatless Saturday

Posted 3/26/10

Gov. Granholm literally took the bull by the horns last week and proclaimed the first day of spring a no-eat-meat-day in Michigan. What did you eat on Saturday, March 20, 2010?

Were you “bad” boys and girls on that day and take a carnivorous political position, or did you consume fruit and veggies and support the guv?

Only you know whether you chose New York strip or broccoli, but one thing for sure: the governor generated some intense heat in Michigan’s agricultural kitchen.

“Unconscionable and insensitive to all livestock and dairy farmers,” declared the Michigan Farm Bureau. A number of organizations chimed in, including the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate asked Granholm, a Democrat, to rescind her “Michigan Meatout Day” proclamation. She refused but did eventually eat her words somewhat by labeling the first day of spring as an “all-inclusive agricultural day.” Whatever that means.

The guv, egged on by vegetarian activists, said she justified her support of carrots and corn by virtue of the fact other governors had done the same thing. One, apparently, was Sarah Palin, the famous moose hunter from Alaska.

In defiance, it was reported opponents of the governor’s anti-meat movement held a good old-fashioned barbecue near the state capitol on Saturday. I heard asparagus wasn’t on the menu.

All this got me to thinkin’, which quite often creates crazy thoughts. I wondered whether Granholm ever watched TV programs such as “Man vs. Food” or “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” They appear regularly on the Travel and Food channels. The programs feature the top “pig-out” eateries throughout our carnivorous country.

I wonder whether she ever watched the carnivore hero on “Man vs. Food,” devour a 72-ounce sirloin steak in 35 minutes or, before you can recite “The Three Little Pigs,” engulf a seven-pound burger wrapped in a big bunch of bacon.

Whether you’re a carnivorous connoisseur or a vehement vegetarian, you have to agree our lady guv made a true lame duck move in her last year in office with her no-eat-meat day idea.

Government, in all forms, is already choking us with regulations — “.don’t do this, don’t do that.”

May I recommend cow pie for dessert…

— Jim Grisso was publisher of the Gaylord Herald Times for 40 years before his retirement in 2007. He and his wife, Sue, live near the village of Roscommon on the South Branch of the AuSable River. His column appears periodically. His e-mail address: jgoblue@live.com.

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