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Tuesday, July 28. 2009
The folks who brought you the War on Drugs, The War on Poverty and the War on Cancer now want to win the War on Obesity.
I wouldn't give a darn, except that this useless Nanny nonsense is on my nickel.
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War on Drugs was a Nixon idea, unless by "folks" you mean feds. Compare cancer in 1971 vs. cancer today and many would say the War on Cancer has been rather successful. War on Poverty, well see item 1. While 2 out of 3 ain't good, rather weak argument.
Refering to #1 is rather misleading, or a straight up lie.
LBJ was the moron that brought the "war on poverty" not Nixon.
Yes, WoP was LBJ. My snarky comment was in the context of effectiveness not authorship.
Kill all the fat people wouldn't bother me so much if all the lawyers went first. But I'm in another class marked for extermintaion by Obama goons who want to kill all the disabled. So, I guess I have to protect the fat people. Jury's still out on the lawyers though. ;)
As a Blubbery American, I am relieved that all of the lawyers will go first. That should take some years yet, as they are like roaches: devilishly hard to kill and there's always a few more in some dark corner that you missed. Because I SO want to live long enough to be euthanized by Obamacare!
How about a war on useless, wasteful government sponsored 'War on...' programs and how about a war on all federal Czars and how about a war on most all unelected regulators from federal and state 'Departments of...'
Those would be 'wars' worth fighting for.
What this nation needs is an effective 'FreeLoader Czar.'
I wonder if Sheriff Joe Arpiao of Tucson would consider it.
Slight correction, ron. That's Maricopa county for Arpiao. Far, in a way, from Tucson. Though it lessens not your question.
How about a war on stupid. The Stupid Czar tests everyone and if they fail, they don't get to vote, and they have to eat vegetables.
How prescient! In one fell swoop, all problems, including how to keep the "uninformed" from voting, would be solved. (And it would improve the health of the "uninformed" at the same time.)
Why thank you, Barrett. I'm known for my sweeping generalizations. I'm glad you picked up on my thoughts.
Odd that the politicians try to get us interested in a cause by using military terminology. Odder still when the lefties among them are anti-war.
The War on Obesity will last only until the .gov figures out that their core constituency is the target.
The US has the fattest poor people on earth thanks in part to .gov entitlements. I'm looking forward to watching the riots as the urban poor are told that their EBT cards can't buy cheetos, sprite, and big macs anymore
We have the fattest rich people, too. Maybe we could restrict the use of American Express cards to forbid purchases of "cheetos, sprite, and big macs." Then .gov would have a real rebellion on their hands.
We're all fatter than we would have been, same age, fifty years ago. Minus the inevitable exceptions.
We've all grown fat in the mind. Thinking that making comments here will solve anything. I used to think that, actually. But it's just pissing in the wind.
We're lacking a leader. A real leader. Not sure that one can be found anymore. And if found, that they would be allowed to survive... not physically, of course. Just that they would be ignored by all the ones who decide what we should think, do, and say. No party boundaries there.
How can we channel our collective anger/ rage, and plug it in somewhere to feel like we can change something?
We have to start somewhere when the whole forest is on fire. Maybe pissing on the fire is a start.
Please don't stand next to me and pee on my leg , and tell me it's raining. : )
That's a good point, pissing on the fire. And I don't have a better answer as yet.
But I wouldn't ever tell you it was raining... it'd be a fine Scot/Irish mist falling. Green hills and lots of sheep. Ah, those lovely sheep, so innocent and forgiving.
Actually, sales of sugary and fattening snacks are higher in poor communities than in affluent communities.
A large soft drink manufacturer's sales rep once told me that he sells far more diet soda in wealthy areas and more sugary tahitian treat, grape and orange soda in the poorer communities.
Free choice doesn't always translate into healthy choices, but I'd rather have the freedom to choose rather than hypocrites in the government dictating what I consume.
Being the fat man that I am all I can say (I also contribute to GDP) that you would be shooting yourself if you try and do away with my love affair for Coke. The human condition naturally leads us to try to become fat. That is the desirable state of nature. Prepared for the future. Plus, if they start down this road they being to go down the slippery road to the full fledged nanny state where no one will be fat because no one will be well off enough to be fat. Except the president or the government fat cats.
Yeah. I can see the day coming when we all carry a plastic swipe card that has a prescribed list of foodstuffs that we are allowed to eat plus our daily caloric intake. If a food item isn't on your list or you are exceeding your caloric limit, you won't be allowed to buy. And if you are a political dissident, they can simply turn off your card and you don't eat at all.