Dietary guidelines – the Washington Free Beacon got a triple Drudge link yesterday pointing to an article on the new USDA guidelines for making sure we’re being good little tax payers and can continue to be good little tax payers (until we get to be 75, at which point we should just die so as to prevent being a burden on society and our families).
Obviously someone in the Drudge organization wanted to get attention on this yesterday, but not as a red-letter item. However, it has or had, three links to it, which I always view as meaning they understand people click for reasons of personal interest, and they provided three reasons, all of which to me boiled down to ‘hey, you kinda concerned about government intrusion into your personal life????’.
What all three links jumped to is a high level review of the new Dietary Guidelines recommendations that the USDA is unleashing on us.
I’m (actually) going to review the PDF from the USDA in detail but the highlights of the article show some scary possibilities for connections at a high and obvious level.
Considering right off the top of my head, the beautiful union of what I call the Affordable Insurance Scam (ACA/Obamacare), and Net Neutrality rules:
the government thinks it can monitor pretty much anything you do to your body on the theory that they’re now helping to pay for your healthcare. So they recommend ‘trained interventionists’ will help out at work sites, food sites, businesses, schools, the community….to help you manage your weight problem.
and…tax increases, of course, because it’s essential we keep Moloch’s fires burning ya know….so they’re recommending sin taxes on desserts (yeah, seriously) and I’m sure soda, and chips, and yeah….
And finally the USDA thinks it’s a good idea to monitor our ‘screen time’ to see if we’re spending too much time sitting in front of a TV or, I’ll wager, a computer, kindle, cell phone.
Sure, I could be reaching, but I’m fairly sure it will eventually tie to the recent drive they have in saving our Internet with Net Neutrality regulations. I say I could be reaching, but they said that when we observed the nanny state would soon outlaw transfats too. Open the gate, they’ll see a need to come on in.
If you’re still using dead tree products to read of course you’ll be okay. They probably think it more healthy to remain sedentary reading a book for 5 hours than it is remaining sedentary viewing information from a screen for 5 hours. Probably because they figure Americans just don’t DO that.
Which is part of the reason we’re where we are today really. We’re proving we really are morons.
So, here’s the USDA recommendations.
And those recommendations even on the surface scare the crap out of me because unlike the good old days when the government could ‘recommend’ things, now they don’t recommend, they use their power over the national purse, over business regulations, over utility regulations, and the power of tax enforcement to ‘recommend’ things by way of financially punishing us to help correct our erroneous (not in agreement with what they want) ways of thinking and acting in our private lives.
We’re not quite there, yet, but data gathering is a tool, a resource, and a creepy way of watching everything you’re doing if you’re not using cash for your purchases. Your WalMart purchase doesn’t just show dollar amounts to the world.
“I see you bought 3 pounds of cane sugar, 2 lbs of butter, 2 dozen eggs, 2 gallons of fat milk, and 10 lbs of refined white flour…..why?”
Not there yet, but the capability is there, and all that has to happen is someone like the Obama administration decides they can regulate to the businesses that they need that information for health care purposes.
Oh, and don’t reflect on over 40 years of being told, by this same government, that refined grains were great for you, or that dietary cholesterol was really bad for you.
All in all, it’s working out to be pretty twisted but not really that surprising given our betters view on who’s in charge here and who works for who.
I’m pretty sure Khrushchev and Brezhnev and the rest of the Homburg hat wearing politburo weren’t necessarily worried about your diet as long as you kept your head down, kept quiet, and did your part like a good little soviet comrade.
Excuse me, is that tiramisu you’re eating there Winston?