He May Not Be Fat, But He's Big and He's Here To Tell You How You're Gonna Mess It Up For The Rest Of Us
A blogger I've not yet heretofore had the pleasure of reading has stumbled across my radar. He calls himself the Mountain 'Publican and he has some harsh words about the Obesity Epidemic.
At 6'3" and 245, Mike doesn't seem like the type of guy a person would tangle with. But I'm just a roly-poly little mama lion when it comes to this Fat Propaganda.
Mike's blog header says that
[He's] an 8th generation Mountain Republican dedicated to rugged individualism and old-fashioned leave-me-alone conservatism, believing in small-government and valuing individual liberty most highly.
All of which sounds like music to my leave-me-alone libertarian ears. I mean, what could be better than letting people live in individual liberty? Right?
Well, Mike had to go and ruin a good thing with his blog post.
I wrote yesterday about initiatives taken by the state to address obesity issues .... Market-based health care costs of the future will reflect whether we recognized and dealt with the obesity epidemic today.
Notice all the "we"s? I guess individual liberty doesn't extend to your right to eat what you want or pursue the physical activities of your choosing. Why not? Well, because it may be expensive for Mike later. In other words, you can be free if we decide that the way you exercise that freedom is okay with the rest of us.
In fact, it seems that Mike's entire blog is devoted to a state response to overweight. And you know, if that's how he wants to roll then so be it.
But please don't feed me that pretty line about individual liberty while you're on a crusade to rob me of mine and make me and other fat people second-class citizens. My fat is not in my brain, and I can spot your game.
Update: Mike is a personal injury lawyer. The same type of lawyer as those who got rich off the tobacco suits. Something tells me that Mike is gunning for another cash cow with his propaganda.
Mike, if you want to talk about things driving up the cost of health care, let's start with trial lawyers and leave the poor fat little children out of it.