Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has taken quite a bit of criticism over her recent "no meat on Saturdays" proclamation. Or, as Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press wrote: Gov. Jennifer Granholm is in "a tall vat of deep-fried tofu."
But there's another segment of Michigan's population that Governor Granholm didn't consider: The non-vegetarian Jewish citizens of Michigan who enjoy eating meat for Shabbat lunch on Saturdays. While kosher meat is certainly more expensive than the tofu the governor is recommending, there are a good number of Jewish people who enjoy a hot meat-filled cholent on Saturday afternoon.
I think Granholm's intentions were good, but I'm just not willing to forgo cholent, chicken, or even a turkey sandwich following Shabbat services on Saturdays. And I can certainly understand how this weekly push for vegetarianism would hurt local farmers financially.
Maybe Brian Dickerson put it best when he wrote: "Granholm and other politicians should take note: No one likes being told what's good for them -- unless they're paying a cardiologist for the privilege."