Nanny state bureaucrats are never happy with the decisions made by the free market. If they aren't politically correct decisions, then legislation mandating the "correct" choice is called for. That's the case in the land of half-witted hippies, California. It seems that Californians aren't making the "correct" dieting decisions so that choice will be taken away...
As America gets fatter, policymakers are seeking creative approaches to legislating health. They may have entered the school cafeteria -- and now they're eyeing your neighborhood.
Amid worries of an obesity epidemic and its related illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, Los Angeles officials, among others around the country, are proposing to limit new fast-food restaurants -- a tactic that could be called health zoning.
Look, I support providing only healthy food choices for kids in school cafeterias. They're kids. They can't be trusted to make good diet choices. But adults should be free to make whatever idiotic food choices they decide on. If an adult wants to eat a triple with cheese every day for 5 years and then dies of coronary disease at 49, who cares? As adults, we're free to make stupid choices. Besides, practically every fast-food joint offers a healthy version of their menu. It tastes like crap and is unsatisfying but it is available. Lawmakers should not be in the business of regulating market corrections regarding perfectly legitimate business practices. The market place will determine where fast-food joint set up shop. If a neighborhood collectively decides that it wants healthy food, those people will eat elsewhere and McDonald's will move to where it can make money. Nobody wants pencil-necked diet police telling us we're not allowed access to hamburgers.
This is another example in the long, sad list of examples of creeping, nanny-state, socialism that infests governments and lazy, distracted communities these days. Your legislators know more about how you should live your life than you do, and they are going to make your decisions for you, for your own good, whether you like it or not. And pathetically, far too many Americans are willing to cede responsibility for themselves over to the government so they don't have to do anything more than scratch their stomachs and watch MTV.
Fast food--the new pariah of nanny-state socialism.
The pioneer spirit of self determination and self reliance that built this country is mostly a distant memory...disappeared down the stinking rat hole of willing dependence and subjugation. It's as embarrassing as it is sad!