Re: Vegetarians of America, REJOICE!
True, eating pizza doesnt cause obesity - but an excess of carbohydrates does exacerbate the effect of a sedentary lifestyle. Allowing subsidies for pizza doesn’t help.
Maybe congress passed it just to move on, but seriously, is that the right thing to do? They’re making a law here, one which will essentially undermine and undercut the impetus driving the entire programme. Aren’t congressmen expected to actually read the laws that they are passing, and raise any questionable provisions for debate? That’s the whole idea that undergirds democracy, the idea that enough people discussing and freely contributing to debate will be able to come up with solutions with minimal weaknesses. Democracy’s proper functioning demands that the elected representatives have a proper, clear view of the facts (what lens, representing their views, they look at it through is another matter) before passing laws that will bind all the people in the electorate. If they do not, you do not have a democracy, you have an…‘idiotcracy’ would be the best word I can invent. If they didn’t spot this kind of issue because they didn’t scrutinise the bill carefully, someone could pass a law that, say prevents afro-americans from owning farmland. Sure, the Supreme Court would strike that down instantly, but imagine the backlash such a bill would cause!
Moving on to a bigger issue can’t be an excuse for passing bad laws. If there’s a bigger emergency coming up, postpone the passing of the law, but don’t pass something that hasn’t been thought through clearly - for the sake of your country’s international image, if nothing else. This is a small thing, but sparks the question - what sort of other idiocies have been passed into law because the congressmen weren’t doing their jobs right?
The point that LMS raised about the ‘cliffs notes’ thing is even more disturbing. Not a single congressman with common sense actually had one of their staff read the entire bill and point this out? Either 1) the entirety of congress is grossly negligent, 2) the entirety of congress is bought over, or 3) a combination of the above.
Seriously, has American democracy become a matter of who has the deepest pockets nowadays?
Anyway, LMS - that’s not strictly true, the government can actually do something about rising obesity rates, by encouraging healthy lifestyles, compulsory phys ed and extra training for overweight schoolchildren, and very importantly providing healthier food for their students. Its also not just about weight; general health is also affected by excessive intakes of salt and fats. I know it’s possible as my government managed to pull it off somehow - our childhood obesity ratio has remained at 12% for the last 3 years, compared to about 32% in the US.
My personal theory about it is that we develop a taste for healthier food when we are children, which carries over to our adult years. I personally cannot eat fast food more than twice a week maximum, and most often eat it only once a week. Quite a lot of my friends are the same too. Though culture may play a part in it, i believe culture can be changed from the bottom-up or top-down, if enough effort is put into it. Undermining such efforts is irresponsible and counterproductive, and probably is the reason why no progress has been made.