New York Times Idiot Paul Krugman Joins The Food Police...

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Tue Jul 12 19:30:12 MDT 2005


By: Daniel Sargis

You know that liberals have: (1) surrendered to the reality that 
they are clueless and (2) are in the final tremors of their swan 
song when left-wing icons like Paul Krugman launch attacks against 
domestic food conspiracies. Krugman’s investigative acumen 
uncovered a vast right-wing conspiracy within The Center for 
Consumer Freedom. In the early stages of his Trickle Gate, he 
"outs" Coca-Cola, Wendy's and Tyson Foods as villains who "are 
blocking efforts to help America's children".

Americans, including Krugman, are getting fat and somebody (other 
than their gluttonous mouths) have to be blamed...and hopefully 
sued. With a mind as lazy as his self-described "overweight" body, 
Krugman waddles down the liberal food chain of atrocities from 
smoke and guns, to butter. Apparently, this "economist" should 
spend more time counting beans than eating them.

Liberals always need a "cause" because they just can’t keep their 
noses out of your business. And, their cure-alls are mostly 
hair-brained schemes that: rob you of liberty; cost you more money 
and only make things worse.

"Gun control" is a great example of this. By banning "assault 
weapons", the liberals: stripped law abiding citizens of Second 
Amendment rights; cost taxpayers a fortune in compliance 
regulations and whistled Dixie as the armed street gang population 
exponentially grew to become a potential national security threat. 
Oh...liberals did keep pressing for harsher punishments for legal 
gun owners while demanding more "rehabilitation" for the street 
thugs killing grandmothers with stolen weapons.

Better yet is the $206 billion tobacco settlement received by 46 
states. Remember that smoking was so costly to state healthcare 
systems, and bad for your health, that big government (lead by the 
liberals) had to sue the tobacco industry.

Today, according to the Investor Responsibility Research Center, 
"seven states--Texas, Connecticut, New Mexico, North Carolina, 
North Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia--had taken millions of 
dollars intended to reimburse them for tobacco-related health 
expenditures and invested the funds in tobacco companies." In 
fact, the General Accounting Office estimates that only 7% of the 
settlement is being used for smoking prevention programs. The rest 
is financing pork in the general funds of spending-addicted state 

Bob Levy, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, finds that "the 
states get their money only if the tobacco companies are healthy 
and making lots of money...(the settlement is) a collusion between 
the states and the tobacco companies." Of course the politicians 
get billions and the lawyers made billions, but mostly lower 
income stiffs are footing the bill.

Krugman’s "fat fascination" springs from his concern that 
"obesity...plays an important role in health care costs." In the 
spirit of true liberalism, Krugman wishes to save us from 
ourselves because "obesity clearly increases the risks of heart 
disease, diabetes, back problems and more." While ignoring things 
like recently paroled child molesters and the mega-boondoggle "war 
on poverty", Krugman becomes a born-again fiscal tightwad because 
"the cost of treating these weight-related diseases is an 
important factor in rising health care spending."

With the lack of fact-checking worthy of a liberal, Krugman 
rambles on about nonsense like "Bills that would require schools 
to...remove vending machines selling sweets and soda." We’ve been 
through this before, but just once more...soda is less fattening 
than almost any fruit juice on the market. Coca-Cola rings in at 
104 calories per cup...unsweetened orange juice at 122. Just check 
the facts.

But let’s give Krugman his due. America is getting fat and it’s a 
capitalistic conspiracy invented by the food industry. But...what 
to do?

According to a University of Houston study, "Obesity 
disproportionately burdens low-income, ethnic minority 
populations." Apparently people eat more junk food in lower income 

Since liberals love social reengineering, the first shot in the 
Battle of the Bulge should be the "Urban Doritos Cessation Act". 
Henceforth, anything that looks like a Dorito, tastes as good as a 
Dorito or comes in jumbo-portion packaging can no longer be sold 
to low-income ethenic minority populations living in major urban 
areas. We aren’t trying to ban Doritos...just control them for 
your own good.

Next, I would urge Paul; Krugman to petition all New York Times 
employees to urge Pinch Sulzberger to no longer accept any 
advertising revenue from any food manufacturer that might entice a 
fat person to eat. This would include food coupons readily 
available in the New York Times owned Gainesville Sun. I did 
notice that the Gainesville Sun is pushing coupons for Pillsbury 
Cinnamon Rolls. At 150 calories per tidbit...these things make 
Coke look like a diet drink.

And, I want to make especially sure that when The New York Times 
Co. launches its first black newspaper, The Gainesville Guardian, 
on Aug. 24...they accept no advertising revenue from any junk food 
processors. And this means no KFC, no McDonald's and no Orange 
Crush. But, we know that the Times would never help push unhealthy 
food to low-income people just to pump up ad revenue...would 

Oh...just one more thing. When Krugman asks "whether big companies 
will have a free hand in their efforts to get children into the 
habit of eating food that's bad for them," in mean-hearted 
conservative fashion, I was just wondering, "Aren’t there any 
parents around?" Somehow most of us will make it through life 
without Paul Krugman protecting us from ourselves. And...Thank 

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Published in the July 8, 2005 issue of  Ether Zone.
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