American Elephants

Your Intrusive Federal Government Gets More Intrusive. by The Elephant's Child


On Monday, U.S.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the members of the National Restaurant Association to tell them that they need to create the appropriate transition to tasteless food, so that eventually Americans will learn to “adjust” their tastes to the kind of food that the federal government believes that they should eat.

“You know, ” Vilsack said, “as we deal with this issue of reducing sodium and sugar, it sounds simple to do, but you all know better than I do, it’s not as simple as it sounds.”

“It’s going to take some time for people’s taste to adjust and they will adjust over time, but it will take some time. So, we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition. At the end of the day, though, we’ve got to deal with this.”

U-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e.  Where does this idiot get the idea that he gets to tell Americans what they can eat?

The restaurant trade group is working with the USDA to promote the government’s revised dietary guidelines for Americans. Americans will pay no attention whatsoever, as they have paid none  to all the previous dietary guidelines.

If restaurant food is not tasty, people will not go to the restaurants. More empty storefronts, more unemployment.


The Food and Drug Administration is going to ban the over-the-counter asthma inhalers to save the atmosphere from the microscopic amount of damage they could possibly do to the ozone layer. (Junk science). The FDA said that patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch to prescription-only, less-effective inhalers that are more expensive, and obviously less readily available.

Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the prescription inhalers that contain the drug albuterol range from $30 to $60. The epinephrine inhalers are considered more effective. The ban will take effect January 1. The ban will have no measurable effect on the ozone layer. More will die from asthma.


Four federal agencies (IWG) have delivered a plan to drastically censor any food advertisers with products deemed to be “too high” in sodium, sugar, or fat that cater to any viewing audience between the ages of two and eleven. Advertisers would lose their slots on shows like American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and Glee.  The regulators plan to get away with this by calling their rules “voluntary guidelines” but they are voluntary in name only.

Heritage’s Diane Katz explains:

Food manufacturers can hardly ignore “recommendations” from the very federal agencies that exercise regulatory authority over their every move. It is akin to a cop asking for ID or to search one’s vehicle: While the law treats such citizen cooperation as voluntary, most individuals would not view it as such, nor would the police look kindly on anyone who denies their requests.

Doesn’t sound bad? Consider Cheerios, peanut butter, pickles, peanuts and yoghurt for example. This isn’t based (as usual) on reliable research. The Institute of Medicine has found no link between advertising and children’s food choices.

There is some question about the whole childhood obesity problem. Many say it is more attributable to lack of exercise.  Others point out that estimates of childhood obesity are based on Body Mass Indexes (BMI) that were never intended to be such a measure, and thus are flawed.

That’s your new federal government: intrusive, bullying, poorly informed, totalitarian, and ignorant about the free market and free Americans. The price of those twisty lightbulbs is soaring.  Health Care costs are going to soar as soon as ObamaCare kicks in. Power hungry people just want to tell everyone how to live their lives. How little they understand the American people.


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We have to get used to the fact that we are just mortgage-able income units. As long as we are healthy and living a reasonably healthy life our government can use the insurance tables and figure how long we can be productive, and contribute taxes, and serve as collateral for loans from China and the like. We have a dollar value to the government.

If we screw around with drugs and unhealthy foods we up our long term maintenance costs and lower our utilization percentages. That’s why the politicians are trying to get rid of Social Security…the longer we live the more money has to be paid out to the healthy senior citizens.

Also with the problem of child obesity we Americans are reducing the available pool of candidates for military fodder service…gotta keep the bodies coming….:-)


Comment by the word of me

Vilsack is a puffed up former failed presidential candidate. One of the several Obama appointments that shouts “No change!” It is one thing for an independent nutritionist to say the kinds of things that you have quoted him saying, quite another for a USDA Secretary to say.

Instead of trying to get restaurants to change their menus, Vilsack should be concentrating his (meagre) brain power on figuring out on how to drastically down-size the USDA.


Comment by Subsidy Eye

Really wish we could charge folks for abuse of power….

Or even just make sure laws had to be passed by Congress, instead of “regulations” from bureaucrats…..


Comment by Foxfier

Er…. “Word of Me”… might want to check out actual military trends– they’re kicking folks out on the smallest of excuses. A friend of mine was only able to keep his job by changing rates, and was only able to do that because the rate he’d chosen was far below his inherent abilities. There’s no lack of folks available for “military fodder,” no matter what the BMI pushers keep saying in the news.


Comment by Foxfier

I don’t think I ever knew that he was once a candidate. I think maybe Herman Cain has the right idea— which he directed at the EPA (my favorite target). Dump the agency, dump all their rules, and start over. But there certainly should not be more people working for the USDA than there are farmers. Dump the agency, dump their rules, and start over. Think that will sell?


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Congress deliberately gave away their power to regulate, because? it’s a lot of work? boring? hard to do right? Who knows. My guess is that if they did the regulation— they would be responsible for it and have to answer to furious voters. and that they wanted to avoid. With the current setup, you can email, write a letter, or phone, or try to catch them in their district office (make an appointment). Most people just shrug and vow to vote for someone else next time, and when the time comes, the choices are worse. That is a problem. They ARE out-of-touch, don’t understand how angry we get. And a large percentage of people just don’t pay any attention at all until it’s time to vote.


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