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Govt Worst Model for Self-Control

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The president recently delivered his State of the Union address calling for almost $41 billion in new spending — and not a dime for the deficit; which is currently accruing at a rate of half a trillion each year.

A case could be made that taxpayers got off easy with only a mid double–digit increase. Yet a slower march to financial collapse still ends in — collapse. Optimists believe our economy is like a Wall Street financial institution. Too big to fail. But with Wall Street there exists a larger institution that can prop it up in the short term. Unfortunately, there is no economy larger than ours. Leaning on Germany won’t prevent a financial catastrophe.

The best budgetary development would be for the domestic policy side to come down with Vietnam Syndrome. If we could get the compassion complex to suffer from unwillingness to commit to domestic adventures, combined with an eagerness to implement an exit strategy at the first sign of problems, there might be hope for shrinking the size of the federal government.

The Pentagon recovered after the Gulf War was won practically overnight. There is no chance the domestic policy side will ever achieve an equivalent victory, or any victory. We declared war on poverty 50 years ago. Poverty is winning. We declared war on ignorance and the Kardashians are winning. Although it appears impossible to rational observers, we are simultaneously waging a losing war on hunger and obesity.

We lost in Vietnam because the military was only allowed limited escalation of the conflict, yet there are no such limitations on domestic engagements. Today hunger fighters no longer focus solely on lack of food. Now hunger honchos are marshalling tax dollars to fight food anxiety, which is the state of worrying about the next meal; a condition endemic among dieters who hardly need additional food.

The second front in this perpetual spending loop is the fight against fat. Elizabeth Harrington, of the Washington Free Beacon, has been monitoring fat fighters. She’s discovered the National Institute of Health (NIH) is paying the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) almost $500,000 to study “Children’s perceptions of ‘obesogenic’ culture in films.” I don’t know about you, but just seeing the word “obesogenic” makes me feel like it’s money well spent.

In their painstaking pursuit of knowledge these scientists concentrated on “Kung Fu Panda,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel,” and “Shrek the Third.” Their conclusion was the movies were “confusing,” which tells me they’ve never seen “Eraserhead.”

“Our team’s preliminary work has examined movies and found top-grossing G and PG–rated movies depict unhealthy eating and sedentary activity as the norm, while simultaneously mocking overweight characters.”

What they don’t know is how the kids who watch the movies over and over again interpret this knotty contradiction. Although another half million may help them find out.

Harrington reports that while UNC is watching cartoons, the NIH is training doctors in Minnesota to talk to fat kids, making them English speakers of obesity language. This is another $500,000 grant — evidently half a million is the sweet spot when you want to attract tax money — with an interesting twist.

Evidently the kids are too busy watching Shrek to talk to Dr. Marcus Welby, so medical professionals will virtually role play with a computer. This is different from virtual role play on a porn site. Think dialog trees in role–playing games like 'Baldur’s Gate," only instead of trying extract information regarding the Sword of Solitude from some peasant, you’re trying to get junior to extract the Twinkie from his mouth.

Doctors will be trained in three scenarios, “sharing concerns about a child’s weight with a parent, how to schedule follow–up appointments after the initial discussion and speaking to children directly about healthy choices.”

There will even be even be cheerleaders. “On-screen assistants, smaller computer animated people, give two thumbs up when the conversation is going well.” Presumably telling the parent his kid’s as big as a house in the first scenario will get two thumbs down from the pixilated little people.

The computer modeling here is no more unrealistic than the global warming modeling. Yet, it shows a remarkable detachment from the real world. Thanks to Obamacare, and low insurance reimbursement rates, doctors make less per patient — so they see more patients. A long pediatrician visit is 15 minutes. Most weight counseling will consist of taking the Hershey bar out of a young person's mouth.

Before computers and the compassion complex I was a fat kid, often discussing my weight with a very understanding doctor. We would talk and talk, and I would go home and eat and eat. I only lost weight when I decided to lose weight.

Individual change comes from within. Government programs and government spending will never change that fact.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

 

 


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