Big government has never cured any of society's perceived or real ills.
“Who above maybe 15 years of age doesn’t know that being overweight is bad for you,” asks the Financial Post’s William Watson. “But that’s the point: it’s bad for you. It’s not actually bad for anyone else.”
Watson points out that the common tactic of big government bureaucrats these days is to treat obesity like it’s a contagious disease. Remember how the world reacted when the Swine Flu ‘epidemic’ was raging in 2009-2010? People were lining-up for injections of a controversial vaccine that was prepared on-the-fly, but big government said, “Trust us. We know what’s best for you.”
“If you become fat, the fat cells don’t actually fly off and attach to me,” Watson says. “If you become fat, you raise your chances, not my chances, of heart attack, stroke, depression and low productivity. It’s your problem, you fix it.”
But the fat police aren’t going to let people fix their own problems anymore, Watson warns. They have proven they’re incapable of making rational decisions by consistently consuming irrational food and beverage choices.
“If people are irrational, can we really trust governments to enforce rationality on their behalf,” Watson asks. “The rational government is even more of a stretch than the rational individual.”
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Potato head bureaucrats want to loot smokers and drinkers.
Idaho bureaucrats are struggling to provide continued funding for health and welfare, education and the state’s prison system, so they’re hoping smokers and drinkers will help pay the bills.
“Our reserves are gone,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Cameron (R-Rupert). “We can’t expect more federal stimulus.”
Sensing desperation, anti-smoking advocates are telling lawmakers they can pull-in a quick $46 million in revenue with a $1 per pack cigarette sin tax increase. House Minority Leader and wordsmith John Rusche (D-Lewiston) managed to pass-off the penalty tax targeting smokers as “another smoking prevention tool [for kids].”
Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett (R-Challis) scolded greedy big government lawmakers for budgetary indiscretions in the past and wanting smokers and drinkers to pay for their mistakes today.
“Boil it down: stop spending and lower taxes,” Barrett advises fellow legislators. She defended smokers and drinkers targeted by sin taxes, stating, “that’s their choice and they’re not breaking the law.”
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To Tweet or not to Tweet: That is the question.
A battle is raging among two Cook County, Ill., commissioners over the right to ‘Tweet’ to constituents while in session. Cook County Commissioner and avid Tweeter Tony Peraica (R-16th) says he just wants to ensure “transparency in government,” but Democrats are trying to “muzzle” him.
Opposing Peraica’s efforts to keep citizens informed with live ‘color commentary’ from County Board meetings is Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno (D-7th). He claims the Twitter ban would help fellow commissioners “avoid inaccurate information going out during proceedings, particularly in executive session.”
Apparently, Moreno’s concern is that Peraica is sending out “inaccurate information” to citizens that tends to be critical of Democrats. Here’s the straw that broke the donkey’s back, reports the Chicago Daily Herald:
It first came up last November, when Riverside Republican Commissioner Tony Peraica put out a Twitter tweet chiding Chicago Democratic Commissioner Deborah Sims for her decision to flip-flop and vote against an override of President Todd Stroger’s sales-tax increase. Peraica posted: “Com Debbie Sims still does not get it. She blames the press for her vote to support Stroger sales tax. Time to vote her out.”
Peraica has been tweeting from his boardroom seat for years now. He says the effort is an attempt to silence critics.
“They’re afraid that the taxpayers may find out exactly what is going on at the County Board,” Peraica told Chicago’s CBS News affiliate, “and what goes on there is not pretty, and it costs the taxpayers a lot of money.”
Moreno is expected introduce the anti-Tweeting ordinance to the Democrat-dominated commission today.
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