The Electric Commentary

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Okay, I know I've been hard on Unhealthy America lately...

but this story really made me shake my head. John Edwards gave an impromptu speech from the bed of a pickup outside of a hotel he was staying at. Fine, that's great, but this is the line that bugged me:
Encouraged by the turnout, Edwards staffers passed out signs that read "America Can Do Better" and "Help is on the Way." They even bought two large boxes of doughnuts and passed them out among people at the Victorian Inn in this southeast Missouri town.

Yes, help is on the way and that help is two boxes of cholesterol and fat. Eat up America!


  • I remember that someone once told me that their philosophy on life was, "everything in moderation."

    I like doughnuts, but I only eat them twice/yr. What's wrong with that.

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 12:48 PM  

  • I'm with Ryan. Let them eat donuts!
    I'm more ticked about the "help is on the way" monniker.

    Help! Help! I'm a helpless little girlie-man who needs John Edwards and John Kerry to take care of him!

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 1:04 PM  

  • Playing the odds, about what percentage of the crowd do you think had their first or second doughnut of the year? And that's fine. Eat as many doughnuts and Big Macs as you want. That's your right. But your right to do that should end at the edge of my seat on the bus or when money is coming out of the taxes I pay to give you unnecesary surgery or a health club membership.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 1:07 PM  

  • You know, unhealthy people actually drive down the cost of health care by dying sooner. Old people are expensive. Dead people are not.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 1:25 PM  

  • They only die significantly sooner when they are not given quick fixes by the government. You draw the distinction between overall cost of health care given to healthy people versus unhealthy people. Maybe you should look at it as the difference between costs of necessary health care and unnecessary health care. Healthy people don't get more gastric bypasses, old or young.
    Also, why live a healthy lifestyle if someone else is going to fix you up when you get too big to move?
    Also, old people don't take up a quarter of my seat on the bus, fat people do.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 1:38 PM  

  • I agree with Dan's comment; it also got me thinking, why is it that smokers have become the scourge of the Earth of late, and obese folks have been given a free pass?
    It would be rediculous for a smoker to take advantage of goverment health aid, although I'm sure many do. Maybe smoking should be a "disease" too. I don't even smoke, but occasionally when I'm at the bar I have a cig, and I feel I have the right to as long as the owner of the PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENT is ok with it. If I can't smoke 1 cigarette every two weeks, than you can't order your frappucino every day. It's only fair. Down with smoking bans in private establishments.

    Please spare the "your smoke affects me" arguement. If you're spending that much time in a bar that it affects your lungs, you have more to worry about.

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 10:25 PM  

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