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Remember when this exact same argument was made to justify attacks on tobacco? Remember how those lawsuits and taxes were supposed to reduce health care costs?

Looks to me like it didn't accomplish a thing -- still the same argument being made. Only now it's food. The problem is that the food puritans look down their noses at overweight people and vilify them for making bad choices. It's not that simple -- food, unlike tobacco, is needed to survive. And not everybody is genetically alike. I work out hard 5 days a week and am still am considered "overweight." And yet I know other people who don't work out and eat everything in sight -- and they're still skinny.

Clydesdales and thoroughbreds are both the same species. And yet the thoroughbreds of the world are looking down their noses at the clydesdales and saying if the clydesdales would just eat better and exercise more, they could run the Preakness, too. We accept differing body styles and sizes in everything from aardvarks to zebras, and yet we expect humanity to conform to a universal ideal that transcends genetic barriers. Go figure.

This is a slippery, slippery slope. During the tobacco debate, people argued that it would set a precedent that would one day be applied to food. People scoffed and said it'd never happen. Now here we are. What's next? Old people?

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Great post WH! Thumbs up You're absolutely right. The government has become our nanny and we've allowed it. And it will continue, until we finally say enough is enough.

Right now most states are passing laws to make it illegal to talk on a cellphone or text while driving. To me its common sense that if you don't give driving your full attention, you're likely to screw up and someone could get hurt or die. Though I don't like the laws, I sure don't want someone from my family getting killed due to someone else's stupidity.

Or how about drinking & driving? Though the laws don't stop everyone, I'm sure they help dissuade a few from driving while impaired.

Obviously some laws are necessary simply to save people from their own stupid decisions. So where do we draw the line? And what's next?

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So now I heard tonight that Biden gets to make the decision on how this Obamacare bill is voted on in the Senate. Guess if its considered a budget bill vote, then you only need 51 votes to pass, instead of 60.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/03/democrats-pledge-push-health-...

One way or another the dems are determined to shove Obamacare down our throats.

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