First They Came For The Smokers

The AstroWife and I live in Montgomery County, MD, an area this is not known for it’s conservative values. When the county succeeded in banning smoking in restuarants, I could be heard complaining to friends (and anyone else who would listen) “Watch. They’ll ban fast food next.” Apparently, I got it wrong. In Mississippi they went straight for the target, fat and juicy in front of them.

It has actually happened. Lawmakers have proposed legislation that forbids restaurants and food establishments from serving food to anyone who is obese (as defined by the State). Under this bill, food establishments are to be monitored for compliance under the State Department of Health and violators will have their business permits revoked.

Bruce McQuain asks the musical question “Is this a joke?” and explains who is behind this (Hint: It’s a bipartisan effort).

So Sandy Szwarc, of the Junkfood Science blog, actually tracked down one of the authors, Mayhill, and asked him if this was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to gain attention for the problem. The answer?

He said that while, regrettably, he doesn’t believe his bill will pass, this is serious. He wrote it, he said, because of the “urgency of the obesity crisis and need for government action.” He hopes it will “call attention to the serious problem of obesity and what it is costing the Medicare system.”

And yes, Mayhill claims to be a Republican — most likely a John McCain Republican.

And although I’m pretty sure this won’t pass, it still pretty much points out, given the authors, that the era of limited government, if it ever really lived, is now indisputably dead.

Not likely to pass, but not a joke either.

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