January 17, 2014
In all of these cases, government has interfered with the natural process of hungry people obtaining their own food. Whether, with an overabundance of tax-payer funded food programs, or a dearth of meaningful employment, it’s clear that obesity, as well as massive food waste, is a by-product of big government.
What do the studies say about why Americans are fat, and getting fatter? It doesn’t really matter because the government agencies paying for the studies are also part of the problem. Crappy economic policies, the promise of free or subsidized healthcare, 92 million Americans without jobs, and tax-payer funded food programs out the wazoo are hardly factors that promote fitness and personal responsibility.
The government also pays for exhaustive studies on why so much food is wasted in school cafeterias. Food waste seems like the opposite of obesity, but it’s root causes are closely linked. Like anything else, stewardship fails when the individual is not the one paying for something. With over 50% of American school students on free and reduced meal programs, cafeteria food gets wasted because mummies and daddies don’t have to pay for it.
- WELFARE STATE In the 1950s and early 60s there was still authentic poverty in many regions of the country. Johnson’s “Great Society” and the growth of the nanny state, however, made dropping out of school, having babies out of wedlock, and staying out of the workforce a means to government support in the forms of cash payments, medical care, food, and housing subsidies. No-fault divorce became common around the same time. And so, 50 years hence, the culture of non-performance remains the ticket to a life of ease, perceived security, and the best standard of poverty in the world. Obesity is one side effect of human inertia. A body at rest must stay at rest, because to become a body in motion–employed, productive, successful–risks losing the free ride to which generations have become accustomed. Bodies at rest don’t burn a lot of calories, capish?
- EATING AS A PASTIME Money is not the only thing the government robs from productive citizens. Whenever liberal policies tank the economy and drive up unemployment, it steals hope. There are 92 million eligible Americans who no longer participate in the labor force. Attrition has taken its toll as the job market has shut out entry-level applicants, replacing young workers with more reliable, older workers, who are willing to take any job they can. Full time jobs have fallen prey to over-taxed, over-regulated companies, and Obamacare. The unemployed may spend a portion of time applying for jobs, but that usually slackens after a period of unsuccessful searching. Those without jobs may become more idle, more sedentary, filling their time with mundane entertainment. Those with time on their hands will fill it with something pleasing and comforting, and what is more pleasing and comforting than food. Whether people are on the government dole, or whiling away the hours because they can’t find work, eating, and food itself, becomes an easy pastime. Food and cooking channels, and foodie shows on networks such as Travel Channel, have exploded in popularity since 2007. Eating was once an activity based on need, and because a lot of energy was expended obtaining nutritious food, eating was limited to the minimum requirement to sustain life. Despite a deplorable economy, America is rife with food, much of it paid for by the government through EBT cards, WIC, free and reduced lunch, etc. Eating, in the 21st Century, commands a role as American’s favorite recreational sport. Yeah, people are fat because they fill their time, and stomachs, with food.
- THE HUNGER HOAX Hunger in America is one of the great hoaxes of our time. The only people in America who are hungry are the very old or the very young who are willfully neglected by those who should care for them. Hunger statistics are manipulated according to whatever political expedient needs to be filled at a given time. But hunger in America is not a condition, but rather a crime perpetrated on the helpless by parents or caregivers. Nevertheless, there are hundreds of programs, such as the USDA “free and reduced” meal programs provided to schools across the country. These programs are year round, and sometimes offer three square meals a day to any and all comers regardless of need. Privately-run programs, such as Western Colorado’s “Backpacks for Kids” non-profit, exist to ensure that kids are given bags of food to take home on the weekends. Do the families of children who participate in such programs lack access to food? No. In most cases adults simply choose to spend their money on things other than food because they know they can get handouts from one of a number of places; food banks, schools, soup kitchens, churches, not to mention WIC, Food Stamps, and government cheese. When individuals are not responsible to pay for their medical care, such as Medicaid patients and those who demand free treatment from hospitals which cannot refuse them because they would be penalized under federal law, they tend to overuse the services they deem as no-cost. Food is no different. Since it’s available from hundreds of sources, and there are countless kind hearts willing to shovel goodies into the pantries of the “poor and needy,” many people eat more than they need. The food is there, it comes to them at no cost and no effort of their own, so they eat it, all of it. Obesity is a form of hoarding. Those whose lives lack the orderliness required for self-sufficiency, rarely plan for the long term. Food is a day to day care, eaten when it is available, without consideration for long-term need. The healthy portioning of food in a weekly or monthly plan doesn’t exist in homes where the its provided as a freebie from self-righteous do-gooders. There is an absence of financial discipline and dietary discipline. In my experience as a public school teacher, I have never met an individual who takes advantage of the “hungry kid” or “free lunch” programs who looked the least bit undernourished.
In all of these cases, government has interfered with the natural order hungry people obtaining their own food. Whether with an overabundance of tax-payer funded food programs, or a dearth of meaningful employment, it’s clear that obesity is a by-product of big government, and killer diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes are by-products of obesity. We have a growing class of individuals who are no longer responsible for their own support, so they’re losing the sense of productivity and discipline necessary to lead a healthy life.
By the same token, parents who don’t have to pay for their kids’ meals fail to teach gratitude and thrift. Food is easily wasted because its consumers did nothing to obtain it. Through reckless interference and unconditional support from an all-encompassing nanny state, the government is literally killing its dependents with “kindness.”
by Marjorie Haun 1/17/14
Tags: destruction of the family, EBT cards, fat people, food stamps, free and reduced lunch, freebies, great society, obesity, unemployment, welfare state, WIC