Sunday, December 28, 2008

No Mom! I don't wanna eat my vegetables!

Rob Port, the Silent Bob impostor, didn't enlist when OYE asked him, but he may have found a cause that he would defend if necessary. At the mere mention of a "Fat Tax" imposed on foods categorized as unhealthy, Mr. Port wiped the Cheeto dust from his keyboard and fired his introductory salvo.
What I don’t understand is why we’ve lost sight of this simple fact: America is a free country. If we want to live in an unhealthy fashion, why is that the government’s business?

With smoking the nanny staters were able to win their battles with hysterical nonsense about second hand smoke (if second hand smoke is so damaging where’s the holocaust of respiratory illness from all the kids who grew up in homes where their parents smoked in the 1950’s - 1970’s?), but how are they going to make that argument with being fat? After all, there is no second-hand impact on the health of others when you eat a cheeseburger or down a milkshake.

OYE Comment: Yes Mr. Port, we know, they're going to take away the McRib sandwich from your cold, dead hands.


At 28 December, 2008 22:55, Blogger Rob said...

What's curious is that you don't seem to care at all that the government in this supposedly free country is attempting to regulate our diets. Because the person bringing you this news is someone you hate personally because of my politics and my support of the war, you dismiss it.

This is incredibly ignorant.

I mean, love me or hate me, you've got to agree that government regulation of the very food and drinks we ingest is a bad thing don't you?

Or are you a "If a conservative says it it must be wrong" type of idiot?

At 28 December, 2008 23:26, Blogger Wek said...

Rob, thanks for dropping by. I'm as much of a capitalist pig as the average commenter at your site. I have neat toys and much money saved (although the 401K did take a beating). Personally I don't support a "fat tax" and for the record I never did support a cigarette tax.

HOWEVER, this was not the purpose of my post and I don't want this to lead to a debate on taxation as there are plenty of places to do that (one place being your site, of course). More or less we're interested in seeing what battles Yellow Elephants are willing to engage in. The ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan we know you're unwilling to place your ass in. But at the mention of a pack of HoHo's going up in price.....well maybe you'll be on the frontlines for this one.

At 29 December, 2008 01:51, Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Dick Cheney has a poor heart (in many, many ways) if he indulges in heavily marbleized Delmonico steaks thereby exacerbating his heart condition, is it my responsibility to continue to provide him health care and expensive surgery free of charge and with no consequences for his bad eating habits? Sounds like Socialism to me....

At 29 December, 2008 14:53, Anonymous Robert Hamer said...

The proposed fat tax has nothing to do with obesity. It has to do with government gaining more power over its citizens. Chickenhawk or no, Rob Port is absolutely right on this issue.

At 03 January, 2009 13:17, Blogger Thad Enouf said...

Freedom is an illusion. You are only as free as your masters say you are.

What conservatives fail to grasp is the effect poor health has on society. I know they like to think their actions don't effect anyone else but smoking and fatty diets make health care costs higher for everyone. I shouldn't have to pay more for my health care costs because you think you're "free" to be a fat, lazy smoker. That's not freedom to me if I have to pay more. Get a broader perspective, people!

At 03 January, 2009 18:16, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A 50 year old former combat vet was involuntarily recalled to Iraq. How can the tubby, mcdonalds eating college Republicans sit around railing about junk food rights when we need their help overseas in a war they so enthusiastically supported?

College Republicans are COWARDS.

At 04 January, 2009 16:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Port is a hypocrite and a coward who only wants wars fought for his freedom if someone else does the fighting.

At 04 January, 2009 21:40, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a sort of 'opt out' kind of guy. If this college republican coward wants to eat unhealthily, go for it. But he should have to opt out of ever receiving tax funded healthcare on any level.

I feel the same way about things like social security. Don't like it? Opt out, but don't ever expect to receive anything funded by taxes through the social security admin.

At 11 January, 2009 06:25, Anonymous Rajesh said...

Don't live to eat but eat to live.
BPO work from home


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