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Second, the government is poorly situated to tell you how to feed your child or yourself. Take, for example, the government’s recent statement that Americans eat too many carbohydrates, and that the bread we eat is loaded with salt. They’re right, naturally – but the reason we’re eating too much bread is because they told us to do it in the first place. I remember attending public grade school and hearing our teacher tell us about the Magical Food Pyramid, which showed grains and rice taking up the base of the pyramid (accounting for 6-11 servings per day). There was no way to look at that pyramid and not assume that the key to health was to carb load.
As it turns out, the reason the federal government stacked the Food Pyramid with grains is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture created the pyramid, and in order to please farmers, decided to convince Americans to buy tons of corn flakes. As Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard Medical School observed, “The economic interests are so strong …. It’s very difficult for them to be objective, so it’s probably the worst possible agency to do the pyramid.”
Now that the government wants to give us “free” healthcare, we have to listen to the food police about every aspect of our health. With the government running healthcare top-to-bottom, it will be difficult to challenge its dominance. We’ll all be like the little girl’s mom –fuming at the standard, and then accept it because they have no choice.
This is the danger of “free” goods from the government – there are always strings attached. If you accept food from the government, don’t be surprised to see Michelle Obama waving her finger in your face, urging you to eat organic. As that four-year-old girl found out, there’s no such thing as a free lunch when the government wants to control your life.
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