Quotes of the day

posted at 9:25 pm on May 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

Calories, number of hours spent exercising, number of pounds to lose, those who are overweight now have a new number to worry about: a “fat” tax…

A tax of at least 20 percent placed on sugar-sweetened drinks could drop obesity rates by 3.5 percent and prevent 2,700 heart-related deaths each year, according to the study…

According to the study, some food industry groups say higher taxes could damage the industry and lead to job losses.

But some experts say that cost to jobs is not as risky as the economic cost if Americans remain obese. Obesity costs American businesses $70 billion in lost productivity, another statistic presented in the HBO documentary series.

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A whopping 96% of main entrees sold at top U.S. chain eateries exceed daily limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reports the 18-month study conducted by the Rand Corp. and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“If you’re eating out tonight, your chances of finding an entree that’s truly healthy are painfully low,” says Helen Wu, assistant policy analyst at Rand who oversaw the study. It examined the nutritional content of 30,923 menu items from 245 restaurant brands across the USA. “The restaurant industry needs to make big changes to be part of the solution,” she says.

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“Economists generally agree that government intervention, including taxation, is justified when the market fails to provide the optimum amount of a good for society’s well-being,” writes Mytton. “[This] include[s] a failure to appreciate the true association between diet and disease, time inconsistency (preference for short-term gratification over long-term well-being), and not bearing the full health and social costs of consumption.”…

Other studies have shown people with lower incomes struggle more with weight gain. In the review, the authors argue a tax could greatly influence the eating habits of lower-income people. “There is some evidence that those who are poorer are more sensitive to price changes and so would experience greater dietary improvements,” writes Mytton.

But just how plausible is this fat tax? The authors note that the food industry argues taxes would be ineffective, unfair and would lead to job losses in the industry. But U.S. opinion polls show support for sugared beverage taxes ranges from 37% to 72%; people tend to be more in favor when the health benefits of fat taxes are emphasized. Previous studies show that a sharp tax hike on cigarettes in 2009 led to a significant decrease in U.S. smokers. The hope is that a fat tax could produce the same results.

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Make junk food harder to find. Redesign the layouts of grocery stores and cafeterias. Make good-for-you-foods easier to find and make sugar-sweetened beverages and fatty packaged pastries something you have to go on a treasure hunt for. Relegate obesity-promoting foods to bottom shelves and do not give them prime real estate…

Ban unhealthy portion size advertising. I think anything with the word “monster,” “jumbo,” “enormous,” “gut-buster,” or any such verbiage that describes huge portion sizes should not appear in advertising. I do think calorie, saturated fat, and sodium levels should be proudly displayed in all food and beverage advertisements. You want to promote a big gulp? Great. Also post what the cost of gastric bypass surgery is these days. You want to promote overeating on a food show? Great. Also post a Surgeon General’s warning that this type of behavior may also cause diabetes, contribute to heart disease, lead to erectile disorder…you get the idea…

Make federal funding of healthy communities a priority. The CDC gave 17 million dollars to the 2nd fattest city in America (Nashville) to improve city bike and walk ways among other projects to get citizens to move. They have also implemented exercise programs for their police and fire departments to help them get and stay in shape. Many communities do not have adequate sidewalks, ample lighting, or parks and recreational facilities to encourage their citizens to get moving. What wasn’t discussed was the cost of park district or health club memberships. Financial barriers need to be knocked down between those who want to be physically fit and the facilities that can help make that happen.

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Ice cream versus obesity is the key imponderable about the whole policy. I find there’s a striking contrast with the idea of a congestion-based road tax, as advanced by the Institute for Fiscal Studies this week. The case for the congestion tax is pretty unanswerable: every driver who joins rush-hour traffic is making it worse for every other driver. If we could all get together and agree to drive a bit less, we’d all be better off because when we did drive, our journeys would be quicker and less uncertain. But we can’t enforce that kind of agreement, hence the need for the tax.

It’s all the same: obesity is bad and traffic is bad. I’m not sure why you’re trying to make a distinction.

It’s not the same at all. Each driver causes a problem for others and she can’t be expected to take that into account. But an ice cream lover is causing a problem only for himself. It remains to be demonstrated that he would find an ice cream tax helpful.

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Twinkies and Coke are only half the problem; making them expensive might deter customers, but it won’t make vegetables cheap. It also won’t make it easier for people in food deserts to access fresh food, and it won’t teach people how to make healthy meals. And what’s really horrifying is that, for people who can literally barely afford to feed their families junk food from the 99-cent store, raising prices on even bad-for-you foods would mean that they basically don’t get to eat enough. So not only would they be malnourished; they’d literally be starving.

There are plenty of other logistical issues, like how we would define “unhealthy” foods, and how difficult it would be to implement. But what’s most frustrating to me about the whole idea of a ‘fat tax’ is that it completely overlooks the fact that those foods are cheap to begin with because of food subsidies.

If you’re not familiar with food subsidies, the basic concept is that the government gives money to certain agricultural industries in order to supplement their income, thereby influencing the cost and supply of certain commodities. In the U.S., the meat and dairy industries get huge boosts from the government, as do corn farmers—which is part of why things like Twinkies, Coke, and cheeseburgers are so damn cheap.

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Moochelle!

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Calorie credits.

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The quote of the day, every day, should be Obama’s statement in his bio that he was born in Kenya, not some twaddle on food.

VorDaj on May 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

How about a 50% tax on video games so people will get off of their Obamas and move around.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Stop welfare and food stamps.
No more obesity.
And no more need for free birth control too !

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Soon will be..
The FPA..

The Fat Protection Agency…

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I wish they’d tax insomnia because I really need more sleep.

John the Libertarian on May 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

“Economists generally agree that government intervention, including taxation, is justified when the market fails to provide the optimum amount of a good for society’s well-being,” writes Mytton

That’s why any donations to liberal political causes should be heavily taxed.

malclave on May 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Fat Tax….

Micheal Moore weighs in..

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Slap a tax on plagiarized pow wow chow recipes!

MeatHeadinCA on May 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Breaking:

Insane Clown Posse to Deputize Fat Food Police!

Oprah Renouncing Citizenship; Leaving For Singapore

novaculus on May 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Third World Countries are saying;

WTF???

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Today’s quotes are a horror show of leftist, totalitarian thinking.

Dextrous on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Awwww…a tax the anti middle class teahadist can finally embrace. Tax the heck out of the working man and distribute the proceeds to the upper 1%. Hey they are the “job creators” and currently pay all the taxes you know.

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Is there anything that a new tax can’t do? Taxes have become magical.

Curtiss on May 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Why are people with food stamps, sorry SNAP, and EBT cards allowed to by junk—-punch, soda, chips?

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Awwww…a tax the anti middle class teahadist can finally embrace. Tax the heck out of the working man and distribute the proceeds to the upper 1%. Hey they are the “job creators” and currently pay all the taxes you know.

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

What are you blabbing about??

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Awwww…a tax the anti middle class teahadist can finally embrace. Tax the heck out of the working man and distribute the proceeds to the upper 1%. Hey they are the “job creators” and currently pay all the taxes you know.

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Care to elaborate or was that bit of wisdom from your latest BM?

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM

First they make the government responsible your health care.

Then they demand you do as they say, live as they say, even eat what they say to eat, to hold down the cost of your health care. If you won’t, why they will just regulate your choices out of existence.

The cost of making government responsible for your health care is your freedom.

novaculus on May 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Wanting to see food’s junk is gay…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I know its a bit early in this thread to be going O/T but have ya’ll seen the new RNC ad?

Vid: RNC Rubs Joe Biden’s Nose in His Excrement

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

It’s all the same: obesity is bad and traffic is bad. I’m not sure why you’re trying to make a distinction.

The obvious answer:

Sell your car, buy a bicycle, and consume only Triscuits and water.

predator on May 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

One of the Governator’s best ideas of a bad lot: Tax the Flabby Man!

de rigueur on May 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

There it is again. Collective “health care” is the trojan horse for the busybody tyrants to involve themselves in every aspect of your life. If you tolerate this…

fitzfong on May 18, 2012 at 9:44 PM

This is Orwellian…

Khun Joe on May 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

What are you blabbing about??

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

…if you or anybody can figure out where Upyerassideways head is at…you win a bowl of strawberries…before they are taxed for their sugar content!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Wanting to see food’s junk is gay…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

LOL.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

If Barry’s forthcoming Fat Czars tax my chocolate, they better pack a Moochelle lunch.

Slainte on May 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I just ate two beef hot dogs and a side of mac ‘n cheese. Should I turn myself in?

predator on May 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Michelle Obama’s derriere and Michael Moore hardest hit

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Leave my goddam food ALONE!

katy the mean old lady on May 18, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Awwww…a tax the anti middle class teahadist can finally embrace. Tax the heck out of the working man and distribute the proceeds to the upper 1%. Hey they are the “job creators” and currently pay all the taxes you know.

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Teahadist?

Before we even begin to address the weapons-grade stupidity of this comment, I want to know if you came up with “teahadist” all by yourself.

RINO in Name Only on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

OK, this is funny, but it’s not. These people are dead freaking serious.

They’ll have to take my Snickers from my cold, dead fingers.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Again I ask, why not a gay tax to compensate society for the astronomical costs of AIDS treatments, drugs, drug research, hospice, costs due to related diseases building resistance in AIDS patients, babies born with AIDS, etc, etc? How much of the health insurance we all have goes to pay for that?

slickwillie2001 on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

999

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

…hey squirrel chaser!…
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…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Oh…..hold it……crap….fat tax….never mind.

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Awwww…a tax the anti middle class teahadist can finally embrace. Tax the heck out of the working man and distribute the proceeds to the upper 1%. Hey they are the “job creators” and currently pay all the taxes you know.

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

You do realize most Tea Party types thinks this is just more of the big govt crap you love. Really you’re nuts.

CW on May 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

HA commenter inthetoilet will be by to defend you. What excrement both of you are.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

You want to promote a big gulp? Great. Also post what the cost of gastric bypass surgery is these days. You want to promote overeating on a food show? Great. Also post a Surgeon General’s warning that this type of behavior may also cause diabetes, contribute to heart disease, lead to erectile disorder…you get the idea…

This one really gets me. Wow. The sheer stupidity leaves one speechless.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Before we even begin to address the weapons-grade stupidity of this comment, I want to know if you came up with “teahadist” all by yourself.

RINO in Name Only on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Upper’s too smart to call people names.

/

CW on May 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Awwww…a tax the anti middle class teahadist can finally embrace. Tax the heck out of the working man and distribute the proceeds to the upper 1%. Hey they are the “job creators” and currently pay all the taxes you know.

Uppereastside on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Son, whatever you’re doing, you’ve done enough.

katy the mean old lady on May 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

CW on May 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

CW, that doesn’t realize much of anything really. Ask him if his investment on FB has been realized? For that matter if you really want to have some fun with it. Ask him about Starbucks. ; )

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Son, whatever you’re doing, you’ve done enough.

katy the mean old lady on May 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

+100. I’m still laughing, katy.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Oh…..hold it……crap….fat tax….never mind.

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

You had it right..

999 is the new test for a fat tax..

9 Twinkies..
9 cokes
9 pounds gained.

All in an hour..

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

But birth control pills (which don’t prevent AIDS or STDs) should be free. Gotcha.

Fallon on May 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

…you’re as quick as they are getting on these topics…where do they play that?…I haven’t seen these comebacks on TV…

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Just so Moochelle, how about a tax on women whose butts are 55 inches or larger?

bw222 on May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Electrongod, good point. : )

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I’ll take a meat-eating mama any day of the week.

predator on May 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Again I ask, why not a gay tax to compensate society for the astronomical costs of AIDS treatments, drugs, drug research, hospice, costs due to related diseases building resistance in AIDS patients, babies born with AIDS, etc, etc? How much of the health insurance we all have goes to pay for that?

slickwillie2001 on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Now you made me think which is hard to do.

Why isn’t there a “ho” tax, crack tax, and a whoda baby daddy tax?

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Electrongod, good point. : )

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

It’s the new federal mandate..

55 CPH!!

Anything more…kills!!!

*Helmet optional*

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I know its a bit early in this thread to be going O/T but have ya’ll seen the new RNC ad?

Vid: RNC Rubs Joe Biden’s Nose in His Excrement

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

LOL, forked tongue….

bluefox on May 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

At the Real Science blog a liberal said something that was encouraging. My comment:
That’s a good attitude! I appreciate that. If there is any type of liberalism that is good, it would be one based on trying to help people for real, not this type of nitpicking meddling stuff.
Take smoking. There’s actually marginal evidence that second hand smoke causes any damage at all. But in places like Marin county CA the libs have just gone overboard, banning it in all outdoor public places no matter how remote, and in the indoors and outdoors (as patios) of private apartment buildings. It seems the libs just want to rub the noses of smokers in it. The libs are going to do it…. just because they can. Not good. It’s causing people to fume, pun intended.
Same with the controls on food, like salt and fat. There is a thing called making your own free choices. Suddenly food regulations have become a major touchy issue for conservatives, making them fuming mad, yet the libs just continue to push and push and push despite this. You can’t set controls on food if half or more of the population is adamantly against it. Or you are going to have major backlash. Back off! Relax.

Freedom counts for something. Once the libs realize this, maybe there’s some chance that people from the left and right can start to come together again.

anotherJoe on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Another O/T before I forget it. This is a great 2012 election site. Select any State.

http://elections.mytimetovote.com/ohio.html

bluefox on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Upper’s too smart to call people names.

/

CW on May 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Well, I’m sure that’s generally the case. But when you coin something as genius as “teahadist”, why, it would be stupid not to share such brilliance with the rest of the world.

RINO in Name Only on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Hey, Bmore. I dropped by the new place yesterday. Looking good! :)

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I’ll take a meat-eating mama any day of the week.

predator on May 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

That is wrong. Just this morning I thought I had a brilliant idea for a commercial where a woman—or man, just was over the top with pleasure from a nasty, juicy, sloppy burger all over the face and the place.
Back to the drawing board.

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Just so Moochelle, how about a tax on women whose butts are 55 inches or larger?

bw222 on May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Okay seriously, the food is not the problem, it’s the person. Why not tax the fat people, not the food? There are plenty of folks with the metabolism or level of activity that can handle any food. Why penalize them? Maybe a line on your income tax forms for your BMI, with a corresponding tax rate? How about no EIC if your BMI is over a certain level?

slickwillie2001 on May 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM

What are you blabbing about??

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Shhh… he’s figured us out.

MeatHeadinCA on May 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

bluefox on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Thanks for the linky. I bookmarked.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Before we even begin to address the weapons-grade stupidity of this comment, I want to know if you came up with “teahadist” all by yourself.

RINO in Name Only on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Haven’t you heard? That’s the latest “slur” against Republicans on all the hippest lefty blogs.

Aren’t they so kewl and edgy?

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Why isn’t there a “ho” tax, crack tax, and a whoda baby daddy tax?

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Interesting isn’t it? We also have license fees (read: taxes) for fishing, hunting, boating, etc.

Where is the bird watching tax? The hiking trail tax?

predator on May 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

This is Michelle Obama’s pet issue. Literacy, mental health, drug abuse prevention, education, these are worthy First Lady causes. But overeating? Isn’t that just an exaggeration of a normal activity, eating?

Isn’t it the parent’s responsibility to teach their kids good eating and nutrition? Shouldn’t we give them a lot of leeway in that? Someone thinks the ‘state knows best’. Mrs. Obama, that’s a very arrogant and patronizing idea. Why don’t you mind your own business.

Food, a legal product, administered by parents to their kids. You going to regulate that now? This is an overreach. For some supposed greater societal good, you’re going to say you know what’s best in raising kids? You don’t know squat. Why don’t you take care of your own life and family, and leave ours alone.

I’d rather be fat and free than skinny and a drone of the state.

Paul-Cincy on May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I hear kobe beef and lobster makes the pounds just melt off…

Seven Percent Solution on May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

novaculus on May 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

yes ….

conservative tarheel on May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Just so Moochelle, how about a tax on women whose butts are 55 inches or larger?

bw222 on May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Ah! A WIDE LOAD tax! Excellent idea!

predator on May 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM

OK, this is funny, but it’s not. These people are dead freaking serious.

They’ll have to take my Snickers from my cold, dead fingers.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Lends new meaning to the slogan “why wait?”

Better eat that thing while you still can.

RINO in Name Only on May 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Isn’t it the parent’s responsibility to teach their kids good eating and nutrition? Shouldn’t we give them a lot of leeway in that? Someone thinks the ‘state knows best’. Mrs. Obama, that’s a very arrogant and patronizing idea. Why don’t you mind your own business.

Paul-Cincy on May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

the Gov’t is the new parent dotcha know …

conservative tarheel on May 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Why are people with food stamps, sorry SNAP, and EBT cards allowed to by junk—-punch, soda, chips?

they’re using the EBT cards at casinos and ti^^t bars.

previously food stamps were printed paper “currency” in dollar amounts you could only use for food. now welfare and food stamps are issued as money on a debit card- and people buy whatever they want where ever they want it- or just take it out as cash money.

a drug dealer in boston paid his bail with his EBT card.

how easy technology has made life on the dole.

mittens on May 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Today’s quotes are a horror show of leftist, totalitarian thinking.

Dextrous on May 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

^^^ This, and

OK, this is funny, but it’s not. These people are dead freaking serious.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

^^^ This.

I’m all for sending these wannabe totalitarians to some very distant galaxy ASAP.

PatriotGal2257 on May 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Good, just trying to gear up and do something a little different. Thinking I might put a drop box in for suggestions. ; )

Bmore on May 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

the Gov’t is the new parent dotcha know …

conservative tarheel on May 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Just ask Julia!

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

where do they play that?…I haven’t seen these comebacks on TV…

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Don’t know if it is on TV, but I sure hope it is in states like OH, PA, KY and W.VA.

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Again I ask, why not a gay tax to compensate society for the astronomical costs of AIDS treatments…

slickwillie2001 on May 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

That’s 100% logical. Have a gay tax.
Call it the happy tax.

anotherJoe on May 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Haven’t you heard? That’s the latest “slur” against Republicans on all the hippest lefty blogs.

Aren’t they so kewl and edgy?

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

No way, UES would never plagiarize. If he got it from somewhere else, he’d have cited where he got it from. If it really is on all the cool commie sites, I’m sure they got it from him.

RINO in Name Only on May 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

By the time Barry and the progressives finish taxing us for eating, speaking, driving, mowing, heating, working, drinking, sleeping, breathing and thinking, they’ll be no reason to live– Which leads us to the death tax.

Slainte on May 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The Papa John’s pizza I just ate had ingredients from all 4 food groups. Does that count as “healthy eating?”

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I’d be fine with Michelle et al if they were more humble about it. Suggestions, fine. “Let’s Move”, fine. Advice on good nutrition, fine. List the health benefits, fine.

But taxes and legislation? No f****** way. Get out of my fat face.

Paul-Cincy on May 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

If it had arugula on it all is forgiven.

predator on May 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

The Papa John’s pizza I just ate had ingredients from all 4 food groups. Does that count as “healthy eating?”

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

As long as you up chucked it minutes later by watching The View..

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Thanks for the linky. I bookmarked.

4Grace on May 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Y/W

bluefox on May 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Where is the bird watching tax? The hiking trail tax?

predator on May 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

…oh way to go!…Upyerassideways
is calling the White House for a finder’s fee for those two suggestions!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

“Just Move”? How about “Just Some Humility”, Michelle! You live your best life. I’ll live mine!

Paul-Cincy on May 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

A whopping 96% of main entrees sold at top U.S. chain eateries exceed daily limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

If you truly want to eat healthy, steer clear of all recommendations from the Department of Agriculture. Their overemphasis on cereals and grains is one of the biggest contributing factors to obesity in America there is.

The other, of course, is inactivity. Also not something addressed by the Dept of Agriculture.

So, how exactly did the Department of Agriculture become responsible for recommending our diets, anyway? Can no one see the potential for a conflict of interest?

tom on May 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM

A stupid tax (give it a clever nickname like The Climate Change Surcharge) would raise much more money.

Those who do not protest against it -have to pay it.

Only passive dullards are penalized.

profitsbeard on May 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I have a couple of ideas.

Laziness costs the American economy more than anything else. Therefore, a laziness tax. For those people who are not disabled or legally incompetent, a 100% tax on all welfare benefits. That would address a big part of the laziness/entitlement problem.

A fart tax. Analyze the chemistry of all foodstuffs, calculate how much methane will be produced going through a digestive system, and tax by methane volume. Therefore, Broccoli and red beans would be taxed at a higher rate than chocolate and steak. This would take care of the global warming problem. And stinky cars and elevators.

Tax stupidity. When Biden says “J-O-B-S” is a three letter word, pay $10,000.00 to the treasury. When Obama say 57 States, $10,000.00. When Debbie Downer opens her mouth, $100,000.00. And so on. Deficit eliminated between now and November 6th by the party that likes taxes.

jaime on May 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM

…oh way to go!…Upyerassideways
is calling the White House for a finder’s fee for those two suggestions!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I blame this guy. He gave me the idea.

predator on May 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Freedom counts for something. Once the libs realize this, maybe there’s some chance that people from the left and right can start to come together again.

anotherJoe on May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Maybe, but I don’t see it. The Liberals do realize freedom counts for something, but they mean it only for them. The rest of us are just minor inconveniences in the way of their visions of megalomania. As 4Grace said upthread, “These people are dead freaking serious.” They are. They would like nothing better than to control everyone but them by any means necessary.

Probably the only advantage to it is that they are coming out of the closet more and more so that we can truly see what they are really about.

PatriotGal2257 on May 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I’m putting my liberal thinking cap on….

The Healthy Families Ending Heart Disease Act of 2012

1. Create federal guidelines to determine what will be considered healthy.

2. Require every resident of the US to get a physical checkup every year.

3. Doctors will be required to report individuals who fail to meet health standards to the IRS.

4. IRS agents will collect tax penalties for failure to comply with federal health standards.

5. Under new guidelines, individuals who fail to meet federal health standards will be required to acquire a gym membership to a club of their choice.

5a. Individuals will be required to meet with Federally Licensed Personal Trainers twice a week for three months.

5b. Thereafter, individuals will still be required to log three hours in the gym every week.

5c. Individuals will be required to wear federally approved heart rate monitors during workout periods. Individuals must maintain the approved heart rate set by the Department of Health guidelines.

5d. Individuals will be required to submit data after every workout session to the Department of Health.

….
….
Yada Yada Yada and there you have it. Moochelle will invite me to the White House for my groundbreaking ideas.

El_Terrible on May 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Now on the other hand, there’s an easy way to take care of this AND save money. Let’s see to it that SNAP cards (food stamps) can’t be used to purchase all of this fattening food.

If we agree we need to push people to eat healthier, isn’t the first logical step to stop subsidizing the purchase of unhealthy foods?

slickwillie2001 on May 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM

whoda baby daddy tax?

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Great point. 100% tax on all welfare benefits for anyone having a child they cannot support.

jaime on May 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

When the government came after cigarettes, I said, next it will be food.

This is even worse than I envisioned. We are now the Soviet States of America.

PattyJ on May 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I’d rather be fat and free than skinny and a drone of the state.

Paul-Cincy on May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Yep

jaime on May 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Socialism has killed more people and cost more money than obesity.

$500 personal fine every time somebody advances a socialist proposal in public, to be doubled on each successive occurrence, the fines to be directly used to reduce income and business taxes.

Socratease on May 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Well, the IRS will be in charge of enforcing ObamaCare, so we could just have our annual weigh in and physical exam at the IRS office. They seem to be checking every part of our lives anyway. Now they will check all those other parts and orifices…Socialism is good.

d1carter on May 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM

predator on May 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM

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KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

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