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Rant Time! by The Elephant's Child

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I wonder if the salaries and benefits saved by having business telephones answered by robots is worth it? Trying to explain the purpose of my call to a robot leaves me screaming I WANT TO TALK TO A HUMAN BEING!, punching the zero frantically on my phone. Do businesses not understand how this experience destroys every attempt at good public relations their company espouses? The robots do not speak English. They cannot cope with a question that is not programmed into their system, and somehow mine never are. What happened to customer service? I am left fuming. Despising the business with which I am attempting to communicate, and swearing that I will take my business elsewhere. Am I alone?



The National Food Police Strike Again! Beware! by The Elephant's Child

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A startlingly nutty article appeared in the Washington Post on Friday. The leftist push to control every aspect of your life continues apace. They are smarter than you are and they know better.  And they really, truly want to run your life.

Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor who was a key architect of ObamaCare explained that they could not be transparent about the law, because the lack of transparency was a huge political advantage. “The stupidity of the American voter was really, really critical for the thing to pass.” Nice to see someone actually admit the mindset of the left.

So here we go again. We need a national food policy to save millions of American lives. They will tell us how to grow food, and decide what to grow, and what we can buy and what we can eat.  They want to insure that all Americans have access to healthful food, it’s just that they will decide what is “healthful.” Call them the “Food Police.”

They start off with some bland principles, like everybody should have access to healthful food — (they do).  And their demands gradually get sillier. The food industry pays a fair wage to those it employs. Children should be instilled with a habit of eating “real food”? Animals should be treated with compassion and attention to their well-being. The food system’s carbon footprint should be reduced and the amount of carbon sequestered on farmland is increased. The food system must be sufficiently resilient to withstand the effects of climate change. (Oh please!)

We find ourselves in this situation because government policy in these areas is made piecemeal. Diet-related chronic disease, food safety, marketing to children, labor conditions, wages for farm and food-chain workers, immigration, water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and support for farmers: These issues are all connected to the food system. Yet they are overseen by eight federal agencies. Amid this incoherence, special interests thrive and the public good suffers.

What they are pushing for is a national food department, and national food policy. Because “childhood obesity” was determined to be a “national crisis,” Michelle Obama decided to put the nation’s schoolchildren of all ages on a diet. So the fullback on the high school football team gets the same lunch as the 7-year-old? That’s why school systems across the nation are dropping the lunch program. All Michelle’s broccoli is going in the garbage can, and schools cannot afford the waste. NO high-fructose corn syrup! But lots of fruit which is pure sugar.

This is another push by environmentalists to control the lives of Americans. One of the authors of the piece is a scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, which is not a scientific organization.

This kind of thing should be considered fringe thinking and dismissed, but it keeps popping up among more calls for control of what your food consumption. Another article from the Free Beacon notes that a Federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has called for increased “monitoring” of kids weight and mandatory checkups.

They want federal fat interventions at workplaces.

The public should monitor body weight and engage with providers in evidence-based approaches aimed at achieving and maintaining healthy body weight,” the panel said in a presentation on “Food and Nutrient Intakes, and Health.

The committee, which is responsible for creating new nutrition standards that are used to create policy at the federal level, has previously called for moving Americans to “plant-based” diets, and using text message interventions to get people to lose weight.

“Bold action is needed to confront the Nation’s obesity epidemic and its devastating metabolic consequences,” a slide said during the presentation on Friday. “Quality of care guidelines need to be revised to incentivize personalized lifestyle and nutrition interventions.”

This committee is headed by an “environmental nutrition consultant” who is big on all the green fads: local foods, little or no meat, lots of veggies, organic food, ecologically sound, socially acceptable (social justice), community gardens, cloth napkins, reusable bags, and allowing food stamps at farmer’s markets. She even wants schools to plant orchards. Who hires these people?

The public good requires pushback against the food police, and the leftist do-gooders who are so sure they know better than  you do.



Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! by The Elephant's Child

President Obama’s public explanation for Tuesday’s historic Republican election victories came in a CBS interview broadcast on Sunday. He acknowledged his role in Democratic defeats, but said that his principle shortcoming was a failure to sell good policies. He needs to do a better job of telling people that he’s right.

He said he constantly needs to remind himself that people don’t automatically come beating at your door, you have to let people know what it is that we are trying to do and why this is the right direction.

In other words, he learned nothing whatsoever from the Republican landslide. He told us that although he wasn’t on the ballot, his policies were (to the consternation of Democrats who had no intention of defending his policies). But he didn’t mean it. He just didn’t sell his policies hard enough.




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