Why should LA taxpayers subsidize a cooking school when there are hundreds of them already in operation, we call them restaurants.
When the Socialists of the 1840’s were nationalizing the French economy Frederic Bastiat rose
his voice in lonely opposition. “Socialism…confuses the distinction between government and society
…every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to
its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed
to any education.”1 Bastiat would marvel at the ease with which the Socialists do exactly that today.
Take the newly created NOLA Culinary and Hospitality Institute or NOCHI2. The brainchild of
restaurateurs Ti Martin and Dickie Brennan, NOCHI will operate as a non-profit “college” teaching
WhoDat yewts the fine art of cooking. NOCHI will setup its non-profit institution in the former home of
the Louisiana Artworks boondoggle3 but not until the state forks over $9 MILLION for renovations.
This from a state that is currently $18 BILLION in the hole, what could possibly go wrong?
Why should LA taxpayers subsidize a cooking school when there are hundreds of them already
in operation, we call them restaurants. If those restaurants need chefs, line cooks and managers,
there is plenty of entry level opportunity for them in this city that is world renowned for its food.
Indeed, one could pick up the art of preparing cows for dinner at Brennan’s Steak House. Ahhh, but
the Socialist mindset says that only “official schools”, with the backing of government can “educate”.
Besides, who can argue against poor kids having the chance to learn cooking?
Since no-one else will do it, I will. But like Bastiat, it is not the education I oppose it is the private
use of public funds for a skill hundreds of thousands have learned while earning, including Dickie
Brennan. That’s an education that restaurant patrons can voluntarily, sink their teeth into.