Well, if they want to make those words really mean something, they ought to take a page from Queens City Councilman Eric Gioia - or at least acknowledge his efforts.
For a period of one week, which ended this past Thursday, May 17, Gioia lived on $28 in groceries - the average food stamp allotment for an individual.
In a word, the experience was difficult. Gioia explained how he has actual "hunger pangs," went to bed starving, but still gained two pounds.
As remarkable - and upsetting - as his discoveries were, it's even more remarkable - and admirable - that he would put himself through that experience.
I just spent $9 on lunch today, and there are 1.1 million New Yorkers - and God knows how many others nationwide - who have to feed whole families on practically nothing. And while I can easily say how terrible that plight is, especially in a uber-wealthy country such as this one, here's a politician who lived that life for a week so he can truly understand the needless hardship too many must endure every day.
I don't care what post Gioia runs for in his next election. If he's up for a seat in my district, I'd be hard pressed not to vote for him.