Guns vs. butter is so last century. How about school lunches vs. military spending? Or food vs. gasoline? Jason Welker makes a good point on the first. (Link no longer available.) But our quest for renewable energy generated the second. There seems to be a growing consensus that the drive to add ethanol to the fuel mix has impacted commodity markets. That was our choice. Now we face the cost.
But lets move the question to the local and bring forward the issue of opportunity cost. I wonder how many schools will cut sports budgets because of team travel costs before reducing the quality of their school lunch programs? (And what would be the response if they did?) I don't know. But Jason's post got me wondering. Your thoughts?