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Obama’s 2009 stimulus chief says taxes and rules on junk food are coming
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Quote:Obama’s 2009 stimulus chief says taxes and rules on junk food are coming

November 28, 2012 | 12:14 pm


Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to eat more healthily — although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy foods initiative.

“I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and it’s a big contributor to health costs,” Summers said on Morning Joe today.It’s not the agenda now, but I think at some point you’re going to see tax measures and regulatory measures that are going to be directed at helping people be healthier. That’s just going to happen and I think it’s probably a good thing when it does.”

Summers this agenda to anti-cigarette policies. “[J]ust as we have over time done things with respect to tobacco that are very constructive and that are saving hundreds of thousands of people’s lives, that kind of agenda is going to come to other aspects of public health, including the way people eat,” he said.

Curiously, though, Summers took an oblique shot at the results of Mrs. Obama’s overhaul of the school lunch menu as part of her effort to fight child obesity.

“Should kids be going hungry at lunch because they can’t have any good food — any food they like in the schools?” he asked rhetorically. “You can obviously take it too far and you have to be careful.”

In September, Kansas students released a Youtube video parody of the song, “We are Young,” called “We are hungry” that protested the new federal guidelines for school lunches.

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It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
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Control through taxation and regulation, I seem to remember saying something about that about 3 years ago.
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[video=youtube]http://youtu.be/jxbP1YdXjIk[/video]
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
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Seems like the country is headed towards NY/CA/NJ at ludicrous speed.
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Topics like these make it easy to clean out my facebook friends of stupid liberals. I posted this link on my FB wall and of course a liberal has to show up and try to convince me that this is a good idea.

Quote:Dude, honestly this isn't a bad thing. The majority of the country eats too much junk food to begin with. Putting restrictions on the junk we eat could be really beneficial.


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Yep. We eat to much junk food. So what?

Last I checked, the .gov hasn't been hired as my - or anyone's - nanny.
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rmagill;47003 Wrote:Yep. We eat to much junk food. So what?

Last I checked, the .gov hasn't been hired as my - or anyone's - nanny.

You're wrong. Apparently your fellow Americans elected a nanny 4 years ago.
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streaker69;47005 Wrote:
rmagill;47003 Wrote:Yep. We eat to much junk food. So what?

Last I checked, the .gov hasn't been hired as my - or anyone's - nanny.

You're wrong. Apparently your fellow Americans elected a nanny 4 years ago.

Silly me. Here I thought Liberty, Freedom, and the CotUS actually meant something.
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Just when I thought his replies couldn't get any stupider. I'm going to have a permanent hand print on my forehead.

Quote:With the obesity rates the way they are these days, the government should be stepping in a little. They're not destroying junk food, but limiting it is fine by me. Your article even says "taxes and rules on junk food", not "NOBODY CAN EVER HAVE JUNK FOOD AGAIN BECAUSE I, OBAMA THE GREAT COMMUNIST KING, DEMAND IT SO!". And don't blame it on the liberals, blame it on the unhealthy status of the country.
"That’s no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad."
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I have no problem with Americans getting as fat and obese as they want.

What I do have a problem with is paying for all the massive health-care related expenses they incur as a result. From my eye, it seems like fatties and gubment-funded healthcare run hand-in-pudgy paw.
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