Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Remember the warnings we used to receive about the "slippery slope" thing... once one gets started in a certain direction we tend to stay in that direction... with ever increasing and ultimately destructive speeds?

I think we have jumped onto a very slippery slope... and the direction and speeds are accelerating...

Daily Caller article
Elena Kagan balances your diet

Elena Kagan, in her hearing on Tuesday, seemed to accept the federal government’s power to force you to eat three servings of fruits and vegetables every day. She opined that it would be a “dumb law” but refused to say it was unconstitutional.

Supporters of limited government have long been concerned about skewed interpretations of the Constitution that justify government intervention into whole swathes of life far beyond the Framers’ contemplation. But hearing a Supreme Court nominee say that Congress could regulate one of the most private decisions a human being makes—what to eat—is about as bad as any nightmare scenario a tin-foil-hat conspiracy theorist can conjure.

And Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was not wearing any kind of hat when he asked his fruits-and-vegetables question.

For several months now, serious scholars have been arguing that if the government can force people to buy health insurance, there is nothing the government can’t force you to do. “Cash for clunkers” not reviving the auto industry? Make everyone buy a Chevy. Housing industry still not sufficiently stimulated? Mandate that people can only live in houses built in the last decade.

It’s not any kind of logical leap to ask whether, in the name of combating our obesity epidemic and lowering national health care spending, the government can regulate gastronomic intake—or require people to join a gym (assuming the health club company has successfully lobbied for its franchises to be on the “approved” list).....

Are we paying attention?

xtnyoda, shalomed

OH... and PS... Ms. Kagan... when are you going to disclose for us your weight, diet, medical records... etc...?

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