We’re fat! Our brother’s fat. Our sister’s fat. Our kids are fat.
Our neighbors are fat. We’re all fat, or so we are told.
There is a Statist who carries the title of Medical Doctor and biographical information says he is a
former head of the Indiana Department of Health. His name is Richard Feldman.
He gets a forum in Indiana Newspapers, Inc. whenever he wants to rail in favor of
state-imposed solutions for perceived social problems, usually involving ‘health concerns’; that is, conditions, real
or imagined, presented by Statists as ‘problems’ requiring a State Solution.
The latest rant by Feldman is on what he calls an obesity epidemic. For those of
you who are familiar with how Statists are always defining and redefining “problems” and
lowering thresholds of what is conducive to the public well-being, such as, for
example, lowering the acceptable concentration amounts of what are deemed hazardous
pollutants in the atmosphere or the water supply to ridiculous levels, sometimes below those found
in pristine nature, some of the hyperbole below will be recognizable. Now, this is not to deny that there are scads of overweight people, nor that truly obese people are at risk or impose some form of burden on others, it’s just that one man’s problem is another man’s hype, but that is not the point of our concern today.
We focus on the “solution”.
Feldman goes on and on with his horror story of statistics – 34%, 60%, 17
states, 15 years, 80%, ages 6-17, 40 states, blah, blah, blah, reports in the
journal of this that and the other, culminating in the ultimate outrage: 164
million ‘obese’ Americans by 2030; “not just overweight but obese”. The population will probably be in the 330-340 million range then, so Feldman is saying half of us will be obese? When you add that to the tens of millions said to be mentally afflicted, the dozens of millions it is claimed suffer from chronic physical ailments, the tens of millions who are starving, the millions who are homeless and the millions who are just clueless space-taker-uppers, there just won’t be many ordinary people left, we suppose.
But on the Fat Question, what to do? And who to do it?
From Feldman, words, words and more words – ‘We know what we need to do’, ‘as a
society’, ‘large scale change’, ‘affect the problem on a population-based level’.
(Big Hint). He finally gets to The Solution (No, not the
Ultimate Solution; that’s a little too brazen right now, but hold on to
your precious calories, it will come) when he comes out with this gem of
Central Planning pomposity: “State and federal governments must provide adequate
sustained funding and OVERARCHING ORGANIZATION to community,
governmental and private sector activities.
Gnaw on that for a while, folks. Contemplate the government providing
overarching organization. Overarching pretty much means it spans everything and nothing obstructs it, nothing gets in its way, nothing impedes it, nothing checks it. It pretty much means getting into everything and controlling
everything. And why is this necessary, according to Feldman? Well, the reason it
is necessary is because, he says, “Relying on personal accountability will
not cure this situation.” Get that? This fat thing must be
cured and somebody’s going to do it for you, if Feldman has his way. And it’s
not going to be your mother, or your kid, or your neighbor, either. Big Bro
gonna get all up in here and fix you, honey. Eat up while you
can. Got any activities goin’ on over there, private sector? Government’s gonna
organize ’em, overarchingly.
Now, those of you who want to apologize for Feldman and whine that he’s just
pointing out a ‘very serious problem’ and it’s a societal thing, and crusade,
crusade, crusade….well, here’s the thing. What if you realized that Feldman
had a tendency to let fantasy get in the way of reality? You could argue about the statistics and the semantics and the
definitions and the threshholds and the dangers til the cows come home. That’s why Feldman
wanted to dazzle you with ‘statistics ‘ in his grand buildup to The State
Solution. But why would you believe anything Herr Doktor Feldman says, indeed why would
you give him airtime/column space/the time of day after reading the conclusion to his piece,
where he sobs about “what could be accomplished if policymakers were willing to
allocate just a small fraction of what we currently spend on waging wars to
improving America’s health.”
Friends, that last is a complete and utter false assertion. The reddest of herrings. It is a
reprehensible misstatement of fact. First, notice that Feldman, who previously had a
penchant for the scare tactics of numbers and statistics and percentages, offers
no figures whatsoever in his plea to allocate ‘just a small fraction’ of what we
spend on wars to Fat Control. The reason he doesn’t is because he either
doesn’t know , or he doesn’t care about, the truth. Now you go start
Googling and Lexis/Nexising and find out how much this nation spends on waging
actual war. And here’s a tip – the Defense budget is not ‘waging war’. Then
find out for yourself how much of the nation’s wealth is spent on health care.
It’s not even close, folks. Health care spending is in the trillions.
But how much money is spent is only one part of the equation. Feldman not only wants government to spend , spend, spend, he wants it to engage in overarching organization, as he says. Yet he candidly admits that there has been cooperation from the retail food industry in offering and promoting low- calorie, “healthy” options, but the public is just not buying it. The public just won’t cooperate. Along with that, Feldman doesn’t even bother to include in his prescription that fact that countless thousands of employers and institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations around the country offer and sponsor “wellness” programs for there employees/ participants. It is not like efforts aren’t being made to address America’s weight problem, however profound it may or may not be. So when all that money, time and energy is spent on trying to make people get themselves fit and they just won’t do it, the options to the Statists are narrowed, aren’t they? They are going to have to come up with a little bit more stringent measures to deal with the uncooperative public. And the imagination is left to run wild with the possibilities.
So that’s it folks. You are not responsible people. Feldman says so. “Relying on personal accountability will not cure this situation.” Your health and your value to the State can no longer be trusted to you. Your
governing bodies in your county councils and your statehouses and your Districts
of Columbia, must overarch, intervene, control and take matters into
their own hands. Of course the Fat thing is just one part of the whole control
mindset. There will come a time when those thoughts of yours also can no
longer be left under your personal jurisdiction. We will be a little closer at
that point to the ultimate realization of the Statist Solution. That would be
what some call the …….Final Solution. You can look that up, too.