“Hizzoner wants to slash prisoner rations from eight whole-wheat slices of bread a day to six as part of the $1.6 billion budget modification proposed this week. The lower carb diet will save the city some $350,000 a year and knock 160 calories off the daily diet of our incarcerated crooks, the Correction Department says… The city is also looking to cut costs by removing chocolate and vanilla pudding from the Rikers Island menu - and putting the kibosh on black pepper.” Hmm… I bet the biggest thieves, thugs, and murderers in the nation – our politicians – won’t be getting any slimmer. Somehow I doubt they’ll have to endure the type of budget cuts that will affect their food intake… or their intake of anything else really. Think they’ll have reduced healthcare? Not as long as they can wrest your money away from you with the threat of incarceration and violence. Think they’ll suffer a significant reduction in their standard of living? Oh hell no, they’ll tax you until you find yourself and your family living under a bridge before they accept that.