''the implicit rationale behind the speaker's statement seems to be that cultural enrichment pales in importance compared to food, clothing, and shelter. that the latter needs are more fundamental is indisputable; after all, WHAT starving person would prefer a good painting to even a bad meal? accordingly, i concede that when it comes to the public resouce it is entirely appropriate to assign a lower priority to the arts than to these other pressing social problems. yet, to postpone public arts funding until we completely eliminate unemployment and hunger would be to postpone arts funding forever.''
please help to explain the sentence ''after all, WHAT starving person would prefer a good painting to even a bad meal? '' I dont know the use of the 'what' here