Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Minnesota Politicos offer little hope

Look for NYC-like fat bans to take root right here.

They may say it won’t happen, but their weasel words say something completely different:

"I hope not," said City Council President Barb Johnson, when asked if the council would discuss following New York's lead. "I just think it's such a reach trying to get into people's dietary habits."

"We need an aggressive public health campaign, but we also need to balance that with our sense of personal liberty," he said. A ban in Minneapolis would only push restaurant-goers to the suburbs, City Council Member Paul Ostrow said.

"We're not ruling it out but we haven't given specific consideration to it at this time," said Gretchen Musicant, commissioner of the Minneapolis Health Department.

Even critics of trans fats were concerned: The American Heart Association said the ban might ask too much too quickly, forcing restaurants to use alternatives like palm oil, which is high in saturated fats.

A mandate to replace trans fats could be difficult, said Lisa Harnack, associate professor at the division of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota, since the rush to replace trans fats has cut the supply of replacement oils.

"Since we just passed that motion on Porky's, I'm not sure where we are about all of this," Council Member Diane Hofstede said.

Not a one got the right answer. The closest was Barb Johnson’s “it’s such a reach” statement, but even that inspires little hope. The others are downright scary:

- The suburbs will get the business
- We’re not ruling it out
- It’s too much to quick
- Supplies of other oils are low
- I haven’t been told what think

Here’s a clue for each and every one: It aint your job to tell the local diner what it can and cannot serve or what I can and cannot eat.

It is just plain wrong, wrong, wrong, for government to get involved. Why can’t they see that? Why can’t they see we don’t want them around?

I know this is difficult for the Lefties who are hardwired with the Nanny Gene, and maybe surgical removal is the only option, but it’s high time they figure out they are the epitome of hypocrisy – smoking is not allowed, they’ll come after trans fat eventually, seatbelts are mandatory, etc, etc, but killing unborn babies continues unabated.

Well, at least we may have an idea of where the Left draws the line is.

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