Apperently TMF gods pick & choose which quotes are too long even when the original published link is included so I have toned this one down further to meet thier mystifiying dynamic standards.it had to come to thisfirst came helmet laws for motorcyclists - " ...but they are so much safer... " and " ...we just need to protect them from themselves ", as D Hawk seems to believe we need based upon his attack on my position.it's always been a battle for hand guns,then came seat belt laws bullied into states through national highway fund threats,the same with 21yr old drinking laws,lately smoking has become a state by state obsession.now.........http://www.dailycamera.com/bdc/nation_world_news/article/0,1713,BDC_2420_2171721,00.htmlIt's going to be illegal to be over weight..How many other personal freedoms will come under attack as we try to legislate personal responibility and safety?Policymakers pursue legislative solutions to fatBy Ceci Connolly, The Washington PostAs obesity-related health costs soar, policymakers nationwide are pursuing legislative solutions modeled after the anti-smoking campaigns of the 1990s paraphrasing to attack what the general medical community say is one of the gravest threats to our country's long-term health.....In New York state, Assemblyman Dem. Felix Ortiz has proposed 6 anti-obesity bills that would tax not only fatty foods, but movie tickets, video games and DVD rentals — and use the resulting $50 million for nutrition and exercise programs. Like all the various state's lottery money has gone to schools I suppose?...So far, state lawmakers have filed more than 140 bills aimed at obesity, nearly double the 72 filed last year..."It's an individual responsibility issue," said Berman. "If I'm going to shorten my own life by eating too much or being too sedentary, that may not be much different than shortening my life by riding a motorcycle without a helmet on." ..."The non-obese are forced to subsidize the obese" in the form of higher insurance rates and government health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, said George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf. ..."We have gotten away from proper parenting," he said in reaction to the proposed school restrictions. I sure hope we are all fit and trim, have no family history of heart desease, diabetes or obesity because I sure as heck would hate to have to defend your rights to be fat, stupid and sickly. Maybe D Hawk would be more interested in that fight but I think others might think twice before joining in his battle.HOGr
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