January 21, 2005

Now Obesity Is Bush's Fault?!

Holy crap, is there anything the Bush administration doesn't get blamed for? Check out this ridiculous letter:

Re "Diet Guidelines Aren't Enough" (letters, Jan. 18):

Yes, we need policies that curb increased junk food consumption.

Here's an idea: DON'T EAT TOO MUCH JUNK FOOD. In the spirit of my last question, is there anything these children trapped in adult bodies won't run to the government for?

To move in this direction, we need leaders who will stand up to the Big Food lobby.

Apparently, there's an entire group of people dedicated to making Americans obese. Who knew?

The secretary of health and human services, Tommy Thompson, has called for individual responsibility.

How dare he suggest that people can think for themselves!!!

(OT: Tommy Thompson is a hilarious name)

This does not address a major component of the problem: food corporations contribute to the obesity epidemic with irresponsible practices like the aggressive promotion of junk food.

Because those corporations force feed their evil, yet delicious, products to unsuspecting citizens! Give me a break. If this "blame the manufacturer and pity the user" strategy failed to stop the production and sale of cigarettes, how do you expect to use it with food???

The Bush administration's unwillingness to take on the food industry is not surprising.

You see, they're busy dealing with this thing called "terrorism" right now. If you think coerced overeating is a more urgent issue, you may have watched Se7en one too many times.

Altria, which owns Kraft Foods, contributed to the inauguration, and the chief executive of Cargill, the food processor, was a big donor to the Bush re-election campaign.

And there you have it, folks. The reason Bush isn't standing up to the "food lobby" has nothing to do with the fact that it's a WASTE OF F**KING TIME. It's all because of his evil corporate cronies.

And then, there's this nauseating irony at the end:

The writer is executive director of Corporate Accountability International.

It's a bit strange that the director of "Corporate Accountability International" doesn't seem to have any understanding of individual accountability. Because blaming people for their own unhealthy eating habits would be wrong.

On the other hand, maybe I can pay for this semester's books if I sue the "food lobby" for making me overweight. Hmmm...

Posted by CD on January 21, 2005 02:32 AM
Category: Fiskings
Semi-Intelligent Comments

::puts down the swiss cake roll:: Um, I really have NO idea how that got to my mouth. Honest.

Posted by: Katherine at January 21, 2005 10:42 PM

Bushchimplerâ„¢ made you eat it!!!

Posted by: Army NCO Guy at January 22, 2005 10:51 AM
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