Wednesday, July 29, 2009

400-408 – • LAT Blogs (7/27/09) Tough love for fat people: Tax their food to pay for healthcare.  Should we tax "their" food to pay the healthcare costs for fat people?  But won't a tax on "sinful-food" hurt the poor the most since they can least afford to pay more for their food?  Is this who the policy is targeting, i.e. poor fat people who make bad life choices?  Will paying 10% more for soda, candy, chips, dips, i.e. "bad foods," deter you from buying it, or will it simply cost more?  What if fruits and vegetables were subsidized by 10%?  What caused you to stop smoking (or chewing), the cost or the health risks, what percentage of each (50/50, 60/40/ 70/30)?  What will lower obesity, the cost or the health risks?  Won't this
• Carolyn L. Engelhard, Arthur Garson, Jr., Stan Dorn, Urban Institute (7/24/09) Reducing Obesity: Policy Strategies from the Tobacco Wars.  They want a program that is modeled on the effort that reduced smoking from 42.4% of adults in 1965 to 20% in 2007.  This includes a 10% tax on fattening food, to list calories on the menus of chain restaurants, and to ban the advertisement of fattening food in mass media.  Is this more wealth redistribution, just taxing food so that we can distribute more money to the poor, as food stamps or some other euphemism?  Would more education help – doesn't everyone know eating fast-food all the time is unhealthy and makes you fat?
From the Report:  A national excise or sales tax on fattening food would also yield revenue that could finance both anti-obesity activities and national health care reform. Foods subject to taxation could be identified using a carefully developed, repeatedly validated nutrient profiling model applied by the British Food Standards Agency to identify the foods that may not be advertised to children and adolescents. A 10 percent tax on fattening foods, defined using this model, would yield more than $500 billion in revenue over ten years. If combined with a subsidy that lowered the price of fruits and vegetables by 10 percent, the net revenue would exceed $350 billion. Similar state taxes could help states close short-term budget gaps while laying the foundation for better population health over the long term. To avoid a net adverse impact on low-income households, some of the resulting revenue could finance increased food stamp allotments and support community-based initiatives that bring nutritious, relatively affordable foods to low-income communities that lack access to such foods today.
438 [1:30] Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor aka "The Money Guys" at Applied Financial with 5 offices around the southland, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, and online at
458-508Bob Tyler, is an attorney with Advocates for Faith and Freedom (, (888) 588-6888), is looking for a plaintiff to challenge SB777, that redefines "gender" in the public school so that students can self-identify their gender.
512-523Dennis Tinerino, former Mr. America, Mr. Natural Universe and four-time Mr. Universe and now the author of Super Size Your Faith: Tapping into God's Miracle Power ( 
528-538Zac Sunderland, is the youngest person to sail solo around the world, and the first person ever to accomplish this feat before their 18th birthday.  Zac completed his trip, after 13 months and 2 days at sea, on July 16th, 2009 at age 17, when he sailed back in to his port of origin, Marina Del Rey, California. (  Zac is buddies with Alex and Brett Harris of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations fame (
544-554Zac Sunderland
558-608Bill & Kathleen Herren, (, 888-348-8989).
612-623(1:44) Objectosexuals (OS) discussed on GMA.
(:07) OS short, Sexologist Amy Marsh says this is not a disorder but possibly a new sexual orientation, "They're real, they're complex, and they're no less or no more of value than other romantic relationships."
(:28) Erika Eiffel, claims she was "born this way."
628-638What are your three favorite objects?  For me, it's my bike, my laptop, and my Bible.  If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring with you?  It's your island, be creative!
• J.D. Foster, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation (7/27/09) Keynesian Fiscal Stimulus Policies Stimulate Debt--Not the Economy.
• NRO Editors (7/29/09) Angelo's Ashes.

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