The government’s anti-obesity plans contain several times your daily value of nanny statism.
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Regrettably, my conclusions will probably be lost on bean-counting government technocrats who think building a Stop and Shop in the middle of the Everglades will solve our obesity problem. In 120 pages of Michelle’s report, there’s almost no mention of personal responsibility.
Instead, there’s the ghostly presence of the man behind the curtain at the president’s regulatory Oz, Cass Sunstein. Sunstein has theorized that people are incapable of making good decisions on their own. Instead, they need to be “nudged” by government regulations and incentives into choosing well. He writes, “[O]ne thing is clear: a system of limitless individual choices with respect to communications is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government, and efforts to reduce the resulting problems ought not to be rejected in freedom’s name.” Michelle’s report would have the government commandeering those choices to nudge people to eat healthier. It even discusses the “choice architecture” of school cafeterias, a phrase Sunstein coined.
This is the preferred method of the government nanny: Rather than letting the individual clean up his own problems, fiddle with his surrounding environment to force him to conform to the nanny’s definition of good. If all this makes you throw up your hands in despair, rest assured that it’s been approved by grey suits in Washington armed with scientific studies who just want to make you a better person. They know better than you, after all.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?