Sunday, May 31, 2009

Health Nannies Afoot

A bill in Congress would give the FDA power to all but ban tobacco in the US. It is an apple pie type bill. (If a senator opposes the bill it looks like he or she favors lung cancer in teenagers). It has passed both houses and awaits conference on minor differences.

Apparently Congress is going to ignore the sensational benefits prohibition of liquor had, and prohibition of drugs still has.

When this passes, me and your next door neighbor will become criminals, dealing with smugglers to get tobacco. Don't bullshit me with how easy it is to quit, etc. I don't wish to. No more than you wish to quit reading crappy novels, watching American Idol, drinking beer, or whatever your vice is.

Next on the agenda will probably be a bill to impose fines on people deemed overweight. Skinny people think if they pay taxes they have the right to control others.

First they came for the drinkers, then the potheads, then the cigarette smokers, and later for the pizzeria patronizers. It was only a matter of time before they came for ...

I don't want to spoil it.

Just because you believe in health care for all Americans, and I do, doesn't mean you get a free pass to tell anyone how to live or to insist they live like you do.

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