Radly Balko should be a carpenter, as he hits the nail squarely on the head everytime he writes something. , he takes on the misconception that government needs to become involved with our love handles.
Local and state legislatures, the U.S. Congress, regulators at all levels of government, and public health advocates have since seized on the idea that nearly a half million people are needlessly dying every year because of their love handles. The Bush administration has earmarked millions of federal dollars for anti-obesity initiatives (though not nearly enough for the obesity warriors). Congress is considering menu-labeling laws, some in Washington have suggested taxes on high-fat or high-sugar foods, and others are calling on the FTC to regulate the marketing of junk food. Many states have banned junk food from school cafeterias and vending machines. And the Medicare program announced last summer that it would begin considering paying for treatment for obesity, a new entitlement that could prove to be more costly as the prescription drug benefit.
America is at war with obesity. We could eventually come to find, however, that this war’s origins are dubious as the sinking of the Maine.
Heaven forbid that we ever formally declare a War on Obesity. Considering our success with other similar wars (i.e. Iraq, poverty, drugs and illiteracy), future middle seat assignments on airliners could begin to prove fatal.