The bill banning "you made me fat by selling me what I wanted!" lawsuits passed the House, and is on it's way to the senate. Articles on that are here
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One of the representatives opposing it provided the following quote, overlooking a larger problem...
"This is a fake bill that addresses a fake problem," said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.). "We have a real problem with obesity in this country, and this bill does nothing to deal with it."
It'd be hilarious if it weren't so pathetic. People, put your noggins to work on this one for a moment: this is a congressman complaining because legislation which restates what should be (and was until the present) obvious -- that individuals who willingly purchase and consume large quantities of unhealthy food, then refuse to engage in physical activity, have no one to blame but themselves -- does not "deal with" obesity as a national problem. Just what reason is there for the federal government to even be concerned about our eating habits, or any other personal bad habits we may have for that matter? How is it within their role to micromanage our behavior?
Commit this to memory: The same power that gives you what is not yours is the same power that can take away what is. There is no distinguishing between the two, naturally if you expect the government to subsidize a part of your life it will eventually expect control over that aspect. Why? Because this type of intervention creates a counter-effect encouraging a run on the system, and barring a mass realization of personal responsibility, them and their save-you-from-yourself programs will go broke if they do not control both ends of the transaction. If you allow them to be the Alpha, in due time they will become the Omega as well.
If this bill doesn't pass the Senate, and years from now the government starts removing certain foods from the market, don't say no one told you. And to think this is just the tip of the iceberg...