We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Can't these people find anything better to do? But it's not only that; every ten years the expert definition of a "good diet" changes. Nobody knows what a good diet is. That's probably because we are designed as omnivores and to eat whatever is available that we can choke down.
Everything is pie in the sky to these people. Women work 8 to 10 hours a day and then commute for another hour at each end, then shop multiple times a week for fresh goodies at the local "green" market and then spend two hours each evening preparing a wonderful, "green", nourishing, approved, expensive meal. Yeah, right. No clue.
That's what Hollywood does (except that they have private chefs!). They sit around for months between million dollar gigs, hanging out with their personal trainer and having their private chef cook them a wonderful, "green", nourishing, approved, expensive meal. Then they go on Oprah or The View or some crazy place and tell everyone else how they should be living. Good grief!
And don't even mention Mrs. Obama, the prima donna of privilege. She hasn't prepared a meal in ... I have no idea. Maybe she pours cereal in the morning before the little Obamas go to school? Probably not!
Mrs. Obama, the prima donna of privilege, has been seen with her two kids (opps, I don't mean to be racist by calling the two black, oh, excuse me, "African-American" children kids as in goats, I didn't mean to call them animal names) chowing down at Micket Dee's; but, don't let the Secret Service catch you - they will take away your camera and question you for hours.
Yes. But that would be in the private sector where their talents would be wasted on mundane activities like nudging people to buy, say, Acme Brand peanut butter over Ajax Brand. They know themselves to be better employed furthering the Public Interest, which they know themselves capable of identifying.
But it's not only that; every ten years the expert definition of a "good diet" changes.
Don't expect them to be embarrassed, or the least bit circumspect. Failure can't be their fault. The scientists, the politicians, the public - it's their fault.
Yes, first peanut butter isn't good for you then it is. Coffee isn't good for you then it is. Butter isn't good, then is. Bacon isn't then..................wait a minute.......bacon is always good for you!
When I was younger I used to be at least somewhat taken in by these "experts". I've gotten old enough to see it's a ploy to keep you paying attention to them or at least to the news reports about these things. Have you ever heard a journalist, who is reporting the latest "dangerous" food, question the report?
How would David Brooks like it if someday a very conservative, perhaps even right-wing, government "nudged" him to write things the way they wanted them written, leaving him with but two choices: either to follow suit or not write. If he didn't get the message, why the government could conduct further "tests" to make adjustments until poor David got their message. Arrogant jerk. People like him always think THEY will be the ones to decide things for the unwashed rest of society.