American Elephants

More Differences Between Republicans and Democrats. by The Elephant's Child
July 9, 2009, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Freedom, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

Democrats think you are dumb.  Or at least a lot dumber than they are.  They think you are too unintelligent to get along in the world without their guidance and care.  They are so sure that you need their expertise that they are developing a vast catalogue of rules and regulations to control your lives.

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (yes I know he is temporarily a Republican, but he is a liberal through and through) has banned smoking and transfats, and is now waging war against the demon salt. (There is no evidence that transfats are bad for you).

The United States Congress is interested in telling the nation’s schools what they can and cannot serve  in school cafeterias.  If they have their way, the U.S. Agriculture Department would be given the authority to regulate all food sold in schools, including in vending machines — when Congress renews their child nutrition programs. You can lead a child to a tofu hot dog, but you can’t make him eat it.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (candidate for governor) has banned spending any money to buy bottled water and mandated composting citywide.  Now he has issued an executive directive that gives city departments six months to conduct an audit of unused land — empty lots, rooftops, windowsills and median strips — that could be turned into community gardens or farms that could grow food for residents. Citizens could work the farms or purchase the fresh produce.

And effective at once, city workers may no longer make runs to the donut shop before meetings and conferences. A new ordinance will mandate that food served in city jails, hospitals, homeless shelters and community centers must be healthy.

Guidelines will include cutting bagels into halves or quarters so people can take smaller portions, and serving vegetables instead of potato chips.

As one wag commented, he thought most San Franciscans were already doing a lot of farming, but it was going on in closets with grow lights.  Can you imagine the lead content of the veggies grown on median strips?

Republicans believe that you are perfectly capable of running your own life without guidance from city mayors or busybodies in Congress.  They believe that you can probably decide what you want your children to eat as well.

Mayor Newsom’s administration provided directives for “healthy” and “sustainable”.  (Could we please drop that bologna word?)

  • Safe and healthy: No pesticides, high nutritional value.
  • Culturally acceptable: Chinese veggies for the Chinese, multicultural and religiously acceptable veggies for SF’s diverse population.
  • Sustainable: At last, a definition — use manure, not chemical fertilizer.  Yep, manure.  That’s appropriate.

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