Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to eat more healthily — although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy foods initiative. “I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and it’s a big contributor to health costs,” Summers said on Morning Joe today.It’s not the agenda now, but I think at some point
Comments: Wow. This guy hasn´t even been sworn in for a second term and he´s going full steam ahead. He is behaving no differently than Hugo Chavez. Where are those morons now who said 0bama was a centrist??
To paraphrase an old saying...They went after the smokers and I didnt say anything because I dont smoke...Then they went after fat kids and I didnt say anything because my kids are skinny...Then they went after gun owners and I didnt say anything because I dont own a gun...Now they are going after my junk food and nobody is saying anything!
Of course liberals are never happy unless they can control everything. Real meat will be illegal except for the elite, only fake meat will be permitted for the masses. Any food not unionized will also be illegal. family farms will be driven out of business. No hunting of any kind including fishing. I´m sure all this will happen in my life time.
...of course the EBT cardholder, the poor, those with only two cellphones and a wide-screen HDTV, whatever you want to call them, will be exempted. It is ´the rich´ who will bear the tax. You know, the 53 percent. It won´t affect that fat slob Larry Summers and the others who are worth 200 mil. They´ll still be eating Kobe beef and whatever else they want. Obama-care will reach our foods, our cars, our homes ("New Study Shows Single Family Homeowner Have More Health Problems), and our leisure activities. Welcome to the revolution.
There is NOTHING wrong with cookies, candy, chips, eaten in moderation. The problem with obesity is lack of exercise and a reliance on fast food for meals.
So what is the Left´s solution? Make these treats more expensive for people who are tight on money--and who isn´t--and get another cash grab for Big Brother.
Cigarettes are a lousy comparison. People can get sick just being around someone else smoking, and it makes for a lousy atmosphere to be near.
Tell you what, if it is all about risk and saving costs in medicine, let´s also tax sex, skiing, driving a car, jogging, flying an airplane, skydiving, surfing, hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking and rafting, and all sports.
All of these activities result in medical costs and deaths. If the idea is to be a truly nanny state by taxing personal behavior, well then, let´s be fair about it.
The preacher man says it’s the end of time And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry The interest is up and the Stock Markets down And you only get mugged If you go down town
I live back in the woods, you see A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive And a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
I can plow a field all day long I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine And a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
Because you can’t starve us out And you cant makes us run Cuz we´re them old boys raised on shotgun And we say grace and we say Ma’am And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn
We came from the West Virginia coalmines And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies And we can skin a buck; we can run a trout line And a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
I had a good friend in New York City He never called me by my name, just hillbilly My grandpa taught me how to live off the land And his taught him to be a businessman He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights And I’d send him some homemade wine
But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife For 43 dollars my friend lost his life Id love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes And shoot him with my old 45 Cause a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run Cuz we´re them old boys raised on shotgun And we say grace and we say Ma’am And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn
Not going to happen? Look at the lunch food at schools kids are throwing in the garbage. In 2010 Washington State imposed a ´´candy tax´´ which included soft drinks. It was repealed before the year was out. The Voters objected. Will voters have any say in a national tax or has the say already been said by voting Obama in?
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A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
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