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Michelle Leads the Government Into Your Kitchen

The government is increasingly in your business. And the more it’s in your business, the more it feels comfortable there and thinks it should be further into your business.

Regulation of our lives is not a thing. It’s a process. Driven by entrenched bureaucracies and changing attitudes, it grows inexorably. We get used to the regulation. The regulators get used to giving to us. And so more regulation seems only natural.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s health advocacy is not just a moral crusade for thinner waists. You see, Michelle isn’t just some nice lady with a big heart. Michelle is the government. And her advocacy therefore constitutes government interference in our lives. What’s more, her advocacy has come with specific policy recommendations, and even, legislation.

Mrs. Obama has abetted the creation of an attitude that the government has the right, and even the obligation, to regulate what you eat.

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That the government’s growing role in our diet has coincided with worsening health habits makes no difference to Michelle or any of the other health virtuecrats.

The low-fat diet demanded by our health professionals has turned out to be disastrous for the physical well being of Americans. Our grandparents were in better shape than we are, despite their supposedly atrocious eating habits, which the government felt it needed to correct.

In fact, Michelle continues to advocate low-fat eating despite growing evidence that fat – even saturated fat – does not play a role in disease and may even prevent obesity by promoting satiety. Did you know that people who drink whole milk tend to be leaner? Did you know?

With Mrs. Obama leading the way, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a nearly 600-page report Thursday with recommendations that include a variety of coercive methods designed to get you to eat “better.”

Of course, “public places” will get the heavy handed treatment as a matter of routine:

  • Establish local, state, and Federal policies to make healthy foods accessible and affordable and to limit access to high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods and sugar-sweetened beverages in public buildings and facilities. Set nutrition standards for foods and beverages offered in public places.

The DGAC has some requirements for health insurers, who have been turned into utilities by President Obama:

  • Require health insurance providers to use financial and other positive incentives to encourage and motivate health care settings and businesses to support individuals in adopting healthy behaviors and engaging, as appropriate, in nutrition and exercise counseling and comprehensive lifestyle behavior interventions.

But the committee cannot achieve its goals by poking around the public sector. It must, and does, outline a series of draconian steps that get the government deep into what you will be permitted to eat. I’ve highlighted some of the scarier phrases that portend maximum intervention in the private sector, just to ruin your weekend.

  • Incentivize businesses to establish employee health benefits plans that include access to resources and services that encourage personal health promotion and healthy lifestyle behavior changes. Support employers in using positive motivation strategies to realize these changes.

Remember, “incentivize” means tax breaks for some, and by extension, higher taxes for others.

  • Improve retail food environments and make healthy foods accessible and affordable in underserved neighborhoods and communities.
  • Align nutritional and agricultural policies with Dietary Guidelines recommendations and make broad policy changes to transform the food system so as to promote population health, including the use of economic and taxing policies to encourage the production and consumption of healthy foods and to reduce unhealthy foods. For example, earmark tax revenues from sugar-sweetened beverages, snack foods and desserts high in calories, added sugars, or sodium, and other less healthy foods for nutrition education initiatives and obesity prevention programs.
  • Making “smart snacks” consistent with the Dietary Guidelines in schools, child care settings, parks, recreation centers, sports leagues, after-school programs, worksites, colleges and universities, healthcare, and other community settings.

Of course, we must regulate commerce. It started with cigarettes, but that was only the beginning.

  • Implementing policies that limit exposure and marketing of foods and beverages high in added sugars and sodium to all age groups, particularly children and adolescents.
  • Implementing economic and pricing approaches to promote the purchase of healthy foods and beverages. For example, taxation on higher sugar-and sodium-containing foods may encourage consumers to reduce consumption and revenues generated could support health promotion efforts. Alternatively, price incentives on vegetables and fruits could be used to promote consumption and public health benefits.

With efforts like Michelle’s wedging open the door, the people who wrote this report, many of them academics, assume the right to interfere extensively in the private sector, and private lives. After all, it’s for your own good.

Because mother doesn’t know best anymore. The chairman of the Harvard Department of Health knows best. And he will make sure mother gives you what you he has determined is right for you.

Video || Michelle Surprises Guests in the White House

Well this is kind of cute. I mean, I don’t expect you to watch all 28 minutes, but I thought you might want to have a look.

It’s one of the nice things Mrs. Obama does – occasionally surprising guests by making herself part of the White House tour. In this case, they were being brought into the newly redecorated White House Old Family Dining Room, which is open to the public for the first time.

Mrs. Obama invited former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager to join her, which was a classy thing to do. Jenna looks great, doesn’t she? Interesting how many people recognize her and seem glad to see her.

Michelle Dissed by Feudal Saudis

First Lady Michelle Obama chose not to wear a veil during her visit with President Obama to Saudi Arabia Wednesday.

Good for her. We don’t’ cover our women here in the United States. Unlike in Saudi Arabia, American women are first class citizens. I’m glad she made the point.

The Saudis also made their point, ostentatiously refusing to shake her hand in the receiving line. Apparently, Saudi men are not supposed to touch women to whom they are not related. So, many of them just nodded to her after shaking Obama’s hand. The new King Salman apparently didn’t acknowledge her at all.

But according to the White House, exceptions to the rule have been made for officials like Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and Angela Merkel.

We get plenty of lectures about not respecting other people’s cultures, but we often do our best. The Saudi leaders arrive here dressed in their pajamas and make our presidents walk along with theirs holding hands like a pair of little girls, as is the Saudi custom. The Saudis should have shown some respect themselves, and shook the first lady’s hand if they were going to go through a receiving line.

Obama Cancels Taj Mahal, Will Visit Saudi Arabia Instead

President Obama shortened his three day visit to India – canceling a planned visit to the Taj Mahal – in order to make a stop in Saudi Arabia to offer condolences on the death of King Abdullah and meet the new Saudi leader, King Salman.

This is an excellent idea. The Saudis, despite their many serious flaws, are a key ally in a region where we are fast losing allies and influence.

From the White House:

President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 in order to pay respects to King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the family of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The Vice President was originally to have led a delegation to Saudi Arabia on the President’s behalf. As the President’s and Vice President’s travel schedules became clearer, we determined that the window when the Vice President would be on the ground in Riyadh coincided with the President’s departure from India.

Accordingly, we adjusted the schedule in coordination with the Indian Government so that the President would be able to depart India following his speech on Tuesday to stop in Riyadh during the return trip to meet with King Salman and other Saudi officials and offer his condolences on behalf of the American people. The President regrets that he will be unable to visit Agra during this trip. The Vice President will remain in Washington.

Ah well. The Obamas skipped the Taj Mahal last time they went to India, no doubt with the intention of seeing it next time. I’m wondering if it’s the main reason Mrs. Obama, who often doesn’t travel overseas with the president, accompanied him on this trip.

The Obamas departed for India this morning.

When Barry Met Shelley

A new movie is in the works chronicling that historic summer afternoon in 1989 when Barry and Michelle went out on their very first date.

Tika SumpterAccording to Deadline.com, “Southside With You” depicts “the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.”

Ah yes, who can forget the summer of ’89, when history brought together the Houses of Obama and Robinson. An epic moment, indeed.

An Actress, Tika Sumpter, has already been cast to play Michelle. That’s her, just above. Nice.

I’ve actually obtained a little of the dialogue:

“Uh, you wanna split this?”

“SPLIT THIS??”

“No, it’s okay, I got it.”

The search is still on for someone to impersonate her strapping young suitor, the young leftist, Barack Obama.

From Deadline.com:

As Presidential lore has it, the date took some convincing. Obama, then an idealistic first-year Harvard Law student, took a summer job as an associate at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin where he fell for lawyer Michelle Robinson, his younger boss. Southside With You spans the day she agreed to go out with him when the two visited the Art Institute, took a long walk, and caught a showing of Spike Lee’s new film, Do The Right Thing. They were married in 1992 . . .

“I took her to this new movie that everybody was talking about, directed by a guy that not that many people had heard of, but it was supposed to be pretty good,” Obama recalled during the film’s 25th anniversary celebration this summer. The site of the Obamas’ first kiss – curbside, outside a Baskin-Robbins in Chicago’s Hyde Park – was commemorated with a city plaque in 2012.

I’m a little surprised no one thought of putting together this worshipful outtake from the Obamas’ lives before Reelection Day 2012.

Honestly, I hope they don’t throw too much money at this. I can’t imagine the American people at this point are as enthralled with the minutiae of Obamaworld as Hollywood is.

Michelle Messes Up Again

On the campaign trail Thursday in Colorado, First Lady Michelle Obama touted the credentials of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, calling him a “fifth generation Coloradan,” who, as such, “understands what makes this state special.”

Well, Udall may or may not understand what makes Colorado special.

Wait a second, isn’t every state special?? Doesn’t everyone get a prize?

But to the extent Udall is acquainted with Colorado’s particular specialness, it can’t be because he’s a fifth generation Colorado, since HE WAS BORN IN ARIZONA.

The only one who on this basis can perceive the specialness of Colorado is in fact his opponent, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, who is a fifth generation Coloradan.

How’d they get that one wrong?

This follows another Michelle gaffe a few days ago in which she repeatedly urged voters to support Rep. Bruce Bailey, D-Iowa, in his quest for Senate, which was perhaps confusing for people since his name is Bruce Braley.

Barack Cracks a Michelle Joke

President Obama this morning early-voted in Chicago, Illinois – where Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is running for reelection – and then headed over a Quinn campaign office carrying three boxes of donuts and pastries.

“Michelle sent these. We got broccoli, carrots.”

Uh oh. Trouble when he gets home. But well played . . .

Obama, in a politically incorrect mood, also made a comment when voting about the machines being made for short people as he bent over to make his selection. Okay, his exact words were, “folks who are a little short.”

Obama refused to say whom he voted for, citing his role representing all the people. “I can’t say that . . . this is the most important office of democracy, the office of citizenry.”

Not sure if this was some kind of shout out to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate who has refused to say if she voted for Obama, citing her duties as an officer of the state.

I doubt it, though. I think they’re nauseated by her at the White House. Just my feeling.

Over at campaign headquarters, Obama, whose commitment to his job has been questioned of late, seemed rejuvenated.

“This is me 30 years ago. All energetic. That’s great,” he told volunteers as he worked his way around the room. “Nothing like campaign fever,” he said.

One Ketchup for Your Burger

Under First Lady Michelle Obama’s new healthy lunches, students in Austintown, Ohio are allowed one ketchup packet for their burgers, because two would make the sandwich unhealthy. According to a local newspaper, Vindy.com: The federal law sets nutrient requirements, such as snack items being 200 calories or less and entrees at 350 calories or less. It alsoContinue Reading

Michelle Barnstorming the Nation

First Lady Michelle Obama is set to barnstorm the country on behalf of Democratic candidates. Her unpopular husband? Not so much. Mrs. Obama today will be in Madison, Wisconsin speaking on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. She’ll also be in Chicago today for Gov. Pat Quinn. Friday she heads to Lansing, Michigan to campaignContinue Reading

Reporter Barred From Reporting at Michelle Event

A veteran reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Monday she was prevented from talking to the crowd during an event at which First Lady Michelle Obama spoke. Michelle was appearing Monday on behalf of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. The reporter, Meg Kissinger, said she was “creeped out” by the Orwellian encounter withContinue Reading

The Obamas’ Difficult Life

It’s not easy being the Obamas. Michelle Obama complained Wednesday about being Michelle Obama to the gravely ill children at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. She was asked what was the best thing about living in the White House. Well, it’s no bucket of roses: About being in the — about being First LadyContinue Reading