We’re being told that we’re a fat nation. Okay, that may be true, but is it the government’s place to dictate whether we have a 44 ounce Pepsi, or super size our fries? The latest out of Gotham City is that city officials are now considering restrictions on treats ranging from popcorn to milkshakes.
I don’t believe the federal, state or local government needs to concern themselves with what Americans eat or don’t eat.
In a nation that has a bulging budget deficit, there are more important things that should be of concern to our leaders.
Oh sure, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg got his mug on the front pages of America’s daily newspapers, Time and Newsweek, but really, Mr. Mayor is that the only problem facing you in the Big Apple?
Now, the Supreme Court is under a microscope for having, are you ready for this, broccoli on its menu. Not literally on the menu at the court’s dining room, but as part of the health care debate that is being considered by the high court.
“‘If Congress can require Americans to buy health insurance,’” Justice Antonin Scalia asked, “‘could it force people to buy just about anything — including a green vegetable that many find distasteful?’” he was quoted saying in the New York Times.
“‘Everybody has to buy food sooner or later,’” he said. “‘Therefore, you can make people buy broccoli.’”
Good point Mr. Justice Scalia.
I believe when the government requires the American people to buy a commodity or service, it is no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but a government of dictates, or as some have been calling our federal government of late — a nanny state. It becomes a government that takes care of every need from the time of pre-conception through death. That, I believe, is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they fled their European nations of origin for a land where the government provided national security and an infrastructure, more concerned with roads and commerce between the states and foreign governments.
All of this posturing by government heads is sounding more like a nagging mother who demands that we eat our broccoli before leaving the dinner table than a government concerned with eliminating our enormous debt it has compiled.
We the people need to take back our government from these meddlesome nannies.