I have already admitted over on Facebook that I have a short fuse today, so sorry if you didn't get the warning there. But every once in awhile a thoroughbred has to kick out her stall.
Two things seem to inflame people: guns and Fritos. And if people catch a whiff that the government wants to regulate either, they cling bitterly to both (aliong with religion, seemingly, but that's another story).
I posted below about a proposed "sin tax" on junk food. If I did not make myself clear with my comments about the bureaucracy it would create (since one man's junk food is another's daily bread), let me make myself clear: I do not support such a tax. I don't want the State regulating my health. If someone wants to spend more of their hard-earned dollars (or hell, even welfare dollars, which is why I give to winos because if I need a buzz now and then and I've got a home, then they probably could use one even more) on a vending machine than at their local grocers, great - just have the decency to avoid wearing spandex in public. If Gary Busey et. al. want to leave their brains along a stretch of interstate because they don't like motorcycle helmets, fine - just have the decency not to wipe out during rush hour and spoil my commute. If someone wants to smoke crack until no teeth are left and their face is more pockmarked than the surface of Mars after an asteroid shower, super - just stay out there in Fontucky, will ya?
First of all, as much as you gnash your teeth, taxes will be with us. Taxation, in general, is needed. I enjoy drving on paved roads and I want to see our military earn a paycheck. And you know what, government interference is not always a bad thing - it is good to see nutritional information on the sides of boxes and cans, rather than live in, say, a large unnamed country to the immediate south of us where I can use a small child from Tijuana as a shield during dental check-ups for the amount of lead in his/her little cuerpo from all the candy produced down there.
But if the tax be imposed upon the "junk food", yea, although we liketh it not, then I sayeth smite the manufacturers and perhaps they shall see the error of their ways, and lo, they shall marketeth new products of wholesomeness upon the Lord's people.
Because frankly, folks, I can't trust us (and I am throwing myself in there) to be the market drivers here. We are getting fat and/or hormonally imbalanced from all the sugar-honey-iced-tea (that's "shit" for the slow on the uptake) put in foods. And we don't seem to mind. We buy our kids Lunchables and we pop that Lean Cuisine into the microwave and we scarf down the fat-free Newtons without giving any thought to reading the labels . . . because it's fast and convenient.
And we need that convenience! Because we are so "overwhelmed" and if people just understand how stressed out we are, they would see why my microwave is so important to meeeeeeeeee . . . and they'd also understand why I can't put on a dress to go to church (it's toooo hooooottttt) and why I had that affair (she wasn't fulfilling meeeeeeeee) and so on, and so on.
And I am guilty as charged. I mean, sure, I could take a longer walk with my dogs and the kids, but Good Eats is on!
Guns are your right . . . Fritos are your luxury. If you want to compromise your health (and note I said compromise, not ruin, because such a luxury is a good thing now and then to enhance our lives, but like it or not, it will always come at a price, no matter how small), don't fall into the mindset that you're doing it to show that damn nanny state a thing or two . . . you're eating it because you like it.