Needless to say I thought this article in Thursday’s Des Moines Register was too rich to pass up. “One in three young adults nationwide too fat to enlist”. There is some delicious irony here. The government, ever involved in unending and pointless war, would like to kill these young people on the battlefield, but they aren’t being given the chance, as the kids are killing themselves on the couch as potatoes.
Recently I saw the comparison of a fourth grade class picture from 1968 (my generation), compared to a fourth grade class picture from 2008. We were a lean, mean fighting machine compared to the chubby children of today. It makes sense, it was during the Kennedy administration that the Presidential Council on Physical Fitness was established, thus dooming future generations. As has been noted by others, whenever the government has a “war” on anything, be it poverty, drugs, terrorism, obesity or what have you, there is sure to be more of that issue, not less.
There is nothing the government can’t touch, that it can’t screw up.
Let’s just hope the government never puts itself in charge of carrot cake.