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What will Big Brother outlaw next? Salt shakers?
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will soon require the manufacturers of many food products to use less salt. They assure us that the changes will be calibrated so that consumers will barely notice them. That raises the question: Is there anything (other than sex) that the government can’t regulate?
If people want less salt in their food, manufacturers will respond to their desires. As in fact they have already done. Stroll down your supermarket aisles and look at the number of products that come in a low-sodium variety. Soups. Juices. Peanuts. Crackers. Soda water. Cereals. Snacks. Cheese. Unsalted tops on Saltines! Frozen chicken Parmesan, cheese ravioli, chicken picatta. Chili. Vegetable enchiladas. Even sodium-free salt!
Why so many? Because consumers — the market — demanded them, and manufacturers responded.
But that’s not good enough for Big Brother. He wants everybody to use low-sodium products, and he wants more of them. BB says it’s healthy.
Maybe it is. But whose choice is it to be healthy? The individual citizen’s or nanny government’s? Ah, says BB, but some people are … well, you know, too stupid to realize that less sodium may be better for them.
The result is that we will all have to live in a society regulated for the stupidest among us. Is that really what America is all about?
And of course, requiring manufacturers to use less salt has to be just the beginning. The resulting product will be so easy to alter. Just — add salt! What will Big Brother do then?
He will outlaw salt, that’s what he’ll do. Perhaps not in the home, but in restaurants. You laugh? In New York City, Big Brother Bloomberg (the mayor) outlawed trans fats in restaurants in 2006. Two years later, California banned trans fats in all restaurants in the state. And this spring Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Democratic from Brooklyn, introduced a bill into the New York State legislature banning any and all salt in public eating places in the state.
You say you will bring your own? Please. Big Brothers Bloomberg and Ortiz will be waiting for you. It will be a misdemeanor to bring salt into a restaurant, as it is, even now, illegal in many places to take an open bottle of wine out of a restaurant. That was easy.
But what about private eating places — assuming the concept continues to exist in Big Brother’s world? How will BB keep you from eating salt at home? Easy again. He will tax it. Look what BB did to cigarettes. Would $10 a pound cut into your salt habit? How about $20? Maybe $30?
The rationale is easy to understand — if you put yourself in the shoes of a bright young Harvard man who knows much more about everything than someone like us will ever know. He will look out for me and you. As a McDonald’s jingle of the 1970s went, “We do it all for you-ou-ou.”
Why does the government want to regulate our behavior? There are at least two reasons, one stated, the other not.
The stated reason will be that since the government is paying for our health care, it has the right to make us behave in ways that are healthy in order to keep our medical bills down. It isn’t fair for us to burden our fellow taxpaying citizens because we don’t behave properly — because we eat too much salt.
The other, and the real, reason is power: big-government types, like President Obama and his crowd, exist to control other people.
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