That headline is a teaser to try to tie together two separate national stories today.
One one hand, there is a new study saying the national obesity epidemic seems to be slowing. You can look at it here (click!)
We need to stress, there aren’t fewer fat people. So don’t worry, “Biggest Loser” won’t be without contestants any time soon.The rate at which the number of people become obese in this country has just slowed, or hit a plateau, or something.
My take is is we’re running out of people to be obese. Really, who’s left?
There’s always a few skinny ones, after all. With 60 percent of the population now overweight by significant amounts, this point had to be reached sooner or later.
Which means any idea of taxing the fat to pay for the war in Afghanistan/Iraq will have to be put on hold, or at least be satisfied with a stable income, not a rising one. This leads us to my second story, in which President Obama apparently plans to ask for another $33 billion to pay for the 30,000 new troops he wants to send to Afghanistan.
Look, $33 billion doesn’t grow on trees, so we have to tax someone to get it. We can’t keep sending people off to war, saying “Any expense for defense is worth it” and then not actually spend the money. Some day that bill will come due, that and the Trillions we already owe. Everyone, D and R, in Congress, in the coffee shop, everywhere, is happy to expound at length about how “We can’t keep borrowing money!”
OK, don’t. Quit borrowing money.
Sit down right now and show your support for the war, defense, our troops in the field, our Armed Forces, a balanced budget, fiscal conservatism and mom and apple pie, and write your congressman demanding a special tax on everyone’s income, or on candy bars, or on something, anything, so long as it raises $33 billion a year.
Candy bars? Then we’d sort of be taxing fat people, although lots of people of all weights eat candy, so it would be fair. If it raises 30 cents a day from every American, we’ll have it.