How Far Should The Government Go Regarding Obesity?
I was riding up the chairlift today with a Swedish fellow who is a Bay Area engineer. He and I were discussing Obamacare and how our government will deal with the obesity epidemic among the great unwashed. And deal with it they will, in some fashion far beyond organic angryganic Michelle and Big Bird. The man mentioned nutritional school lunches and someone on the end of the lift chimed in about "dumbass" Republican voters getting slapped down and how Obama would fix everything. So I went a little screwy.
Why not provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, year round in association with mandatory PE classes for all kids with Body Mass Indexes greater than the low end of obesity, I asked. He liked it. Strike one for me. Then I suggested mandatory doctor visits with mandatory BMI testing reportable to government agencies, and obesity re-education camps plus mandatory surgery. But he liked that too. Then I said that all EBT cards could be used for health food only with a food officer in a brown shirt with a club at all food stores. He wanted that too. Strike three (I ignored the umpire and got another at bat).
I discussed putting chips in kids that would monitor calories and removing them from their parents homes if they eat bad foods. Since we are now treating humans like imbecilic pets, we need government-dependent folks on Iams weight loss formula. He finally realized I was ribbing him. I thought forced bariatric surgery would have clued him in to how far down the non-rabbit food hole I was going, but he went far indeed. Know thy enemy, people.
How far will our government go in this brave new world? We are a nation of bigguns and this will cost society.
How far humans go is always a topic on my mind when I drive past the very top of Slide Mountain road of Mount Rose. In the 90s, multimillionaire Peter Bergna decided that, rather than giving his wife half the stuff in a divorce, he was better suited driving their car off a cliff. He killed his wife while he jumped from the car, but is now in jail for life. Some folks go too darn far by a mile. With that in mind, I expect Big Brother to be force feeding the brussel sprouts to kids wired up like Matrix zombies.
I know Fred Cole's answer already, but not the syntax of why there should be no sin tax. So chime in Libertarians (and others). This epidemic is now on our financial doorstep.