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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The smokers were right

Remember how a lot of people scoffed when smokers said that banning their habit was only the beginning? Does it sound so unlikely now?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three years after the city banned smoking in restaurants, health officials are talking about prohibiting something they say is almost as bad: artificial trans fatty acids.

The city health department unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would bar cooks at any of the city's 24,600 food service establishments from using ingredients that contain the artery-clogging substance, commonly listed on food labels as partially hydrogenated oil.
Well, of course the smokers were right.

Mayor Bloomberg is a Republican, but he's also a major control freak with tendencies towards absolutist rule who thinks he knows best how you should lead your life. In other words, he's a liberal.

Yes, fats are bad for you, but they give a lot of food their taste and texture. You know what makes that pie crust or that croissant so flaky? You know why fries have so much flavor? Ingredients with trans fats.

But what concern is it of the government about fats, anyway? This is the kind of fast food fascism that comes from stupid "documentaries" like SuperSize Me, whipping people up into a frenzy over the evil McDonalds across the street putting a gun to their head and forcing them to swallow Big Macs by the dozen.

What does this have to do with state policy? What we'll hear is that there are public policy questions regarding the cost of healthcare and how the fatty foods are contributing to the cost of that care.

First smoking, then fois gras, and now certain kinds of fats. They might as well just ban eating. It may seem harmless, but it's an incremental and disgusting intrusion into our lives -- a needless limitation on our freedom.

When it was said that second-hand smoke was based on junk science, they replied, "it doesn't matter, it's a disgusting habit that should not be forced on me," as if you personally were making them smoke. Now the tables have turned, and the beast is out of the cage, and everybody has their own idea on what to get rid of next.

How much does the consumption of alcohol cost the healthcare system every year? Let's see them ban that.

This is what happens when you let the government be in charge of your health. Once you charge the government with the responsibility for your well being -- socialized medicine -- then the government suddenly has a legitimate interest in what and how much you eat, how much exercise you do, how much you watch TV -- it becomes as if the entire nation has moved back into their parents' basement: "as long as you're living under my roof, you're gonna follow my rules."

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