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Archive for 26 July 2011
Bittman’s latest melodramatic bid as head of the food police involves raising taxes to change poor people’s eating habits to save “tens of millions of lives” and “tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs.”
Yet the food industry appears incapable of marketing healthier foods. And whether its leaders are confused or just stalling doesn’t matter, because the fixes are not really their problem. Their mission is not public health but profit, so they’ll continue to sell the health-damaging food that’s most profitable, until the market or another force skews things otherwise. That “other force” should be the federal government, fulfilling its role as an agent of the public good and establishing a bold national fix.
His solution? “Tax things like soda, French fries, doughnuts and hyperprocessed snacks.” The fulls-spread article is beefed up with lots of charts and graphics on the wonders of what “a small federal tax could do.”
I have a MUCH better idea. How about we tax stupidity! The liberals maroons would have the national debt paid off in no time at all, PLUS we’d have one heck of a surplus!!
Democratic Rep. David Wu, facing eroding support from his party, plans to resign following allegations that he had a forced sexual encounter with a young woman last year.
The Oregon congressman said Tuesday that he would step down pending “resolution” of the debt-ceiling crisis. The announcement comes after he initially told colleagues he wanted to stay in office until the end of his term in early 2013.
“The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office,” Wu said in a statement. “I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”
Wu cited the “well-being of my children” in announcing his decision. He also said his resignation would “avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in Washington.”
Fine. Now, if we could just get rid of the rest of the liars, cheats, and thieves, this country might have a fighting chance.
Scenic, once known as a Wild West town next to the Badlands, now finds itself in an unlikely place: listed for sale by the woman who has owned much of the town for years.
And she is hoping to get as much as $799,000 for 46 acres of West River land that includes 12 acres of a town that holds fond memories but finds itself in danger of becoming another Western ghost town.
“The businesses and land has always been family-run, but now, it’s time for someone else to come in and bring it back to life,” said LeeAnn Keester, the daughter of Twila Merril, who has listed most of the town of Scenic for sale. “It’s just me and my mom now, and now, with her health being what it is, it’s just too much for us.”
The town of Scenic was established in the early 1900s to serve as a stopping point alongside the railroad that went through the town, said Leo Stangle, who has lived in the eastern Pennington County town since 1949 and owns Gopher Choker, a pest-control business.
Have you ever said….”If I was in charge….”, or “If I ran the show…”? Well, here’s your chance! I mean, if you own the town, shouldn’t you get to make the rules? Ok, perhaps not to any extreme extent, but still you must be able to have a say in things, right?
So, I’m curious. If you owned your own town, how would you run it? Would you turn it into a hippie commune, based on the liberal ideology? Or would it be totally free market, or something in between. What type of laws would you put in place? I’ve actually given this a wee bit of thought since I read this story, and ya know what? I don’t think I’d want that much responsibility.
BUT….I can think of a few things I’d do. First, I’d be really discriminatory. Heh. Not against color or religion or anything, but against liberals. I wouldn’t allow liberals in my town. Rude, eh? Well, shoot, look at what they’ve done to Detroit! Liberals kill economic growth, so there wouldn’t be any allowed. You don’t work, you don’t eat. Simple as that.
Of course, neighbors would help neighbors in time of need, so there wouldn’t be any interference by those nasty ol’ federal gubmint types. Kids would be taught gun safety from an early age. That would be law. And justice would be swift. YOu kill, you die. You steal, your work off the debt to the one you stole from, and MAYBE you’ll get to stay. But odds are, there wouldn’t be much crime since EVERYONE would be armed, so that might not be an issue.
Education would be dealt with on a local level. No federal indoctrination! Kids would be taught TRUE history. They’d learn to add, subtract, multiply, divide, how to SPELL, grammar, and how to speak properly, along with necessary skills to actually make a decent life for themselves.
Well, that’s just a few things I came up with for my town. There is more, but I’m really curious… How would you run YOUR town?
America Needs a Better Solution
Americans tuning in last night to watch President Barack Obama’s primetime address from the East Room of the White House might have thought they stumbled upon yet another re-run from the networks. Instead of hearing news that Washington finally broke the debt ceiling stalemate, viewers were treated to more of the same from their President. He still had no plan for dealing with government overspending and overborrowing, and he repeated his never-ending call for tax hikes. Unfortunately, the plans proposed by House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) don’t get the job done, either.