06 6 / 2012
Ok so I failed. I read the comments following another article. This one about Disney (a company) saying that it will ban junk food ads from its stations. Simple right? No. Because when a company does something with the support of Michelle Obama it somehow becomes political and the government is trying to take away your rights. Wait, what!?!? Michelle Obama is not nor has ever been a politician and companies can do whatever they want! This is not a government mandate thought guess what you people who think the government has too much power, that’s the freaking job of government and you elect the people in office. So you want government to ease up? That’s cool. Let’s start with gun laws that way I can legally get a gun at Walmart in a Stand Your Ground state and shoot you in the face and say hey I felt my life was in danger. Oh hey let’s ease up on taxes. No one likes paying those silly things. But hey when your house burns down because we can’t afford fire fighters don’t complain. I know what else the government regulates too much, prescription drugs. Let’s loosen those stupid testing regulations and get the drugs on the shelves faster. Hey if you develop a tumor don’t call the FDA.
So guess what all you people saying the government is taking away your freedom, shove it! If the government didn’t make people do things they didn’t want to do, we’d be up a shits creek.
Now back to the point, Disney is a corporation and can do what it pleases within the law. If the Catholic church can make a stink about not wanting to provide free birth control to employees as part of a insurance plan, Disney can say it doesn’t want junk food ads on their stations. You wanna yell about your rights, the ban is within Disneys rights.
Now I bet you’ll find this shocking but I think the government should regulate the amount of sugar and sodium in a serving of a product. Why? Because the average citizen has no concept of what’s in their food. Yes we can read the labels but can you even pronounce all that crap? Oh but I know your next argument, don’t eat processed foods. Hmm ok I could try but I’d be really hungry if I’m one of the many Americans classified as the working poor, living in poverty, or on a fixed income. In this country access to healthy food is not universal or affordable. If you can only make it to the grocery store once a month you’re not buying fresh food. Frozen is expensive and canned is essentially sitting in salt water. Companies don’t care because their goal is to make money so the government has to make them care. Should the government tell you what to eat, never. Should it require food makers to adhere to certain guidelines, YES! Because lets be real, if they can market products as low fat and less sugar added, the can sell those same foods only without the need to label it.
There needs to be personal accountability for your health but since food is now a business there needs to be decent options for every American.