Tom Harkin is prejudiced against...Fat People
I know, a title like that is straight from the pages of yellow journalism, but I wanted to get your attention. This will be another light blogging weekend. In fact, I'm getting ready to do the Saturday gathering, and then head to the American Legion for a bar-b-q, and yeah, I'll probably consume a few beers. Tomorrow we clean the house so it's a little more presentable since my parents are coming back from China Monday evening, and staying here. We have to get up the dog fur. We have three dogs, but Cat is the big shedder. She's part Chow (black tongue, curled tail) and we think part German Shepard and Part Chocolate Lab. I think she sheds her body weight in fur monthly. More of a fur factory, than just a dog named Cat.
Anyway, the reason for this post-As usual I got caught up in the ongoing drama that is the senate on C-SPAN
, yesterday, and got to watch Senator Tom Harkin (D)Iowa
announce that he would soon be introducing a comprehensive health bill. It's billed as a COMPREHENSIVE WELLNESS INITIATIVE TO FIGHT CHRONIC DISEASE, OBESITY
"Promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing chronic disease will not be accomplished quickly or simply. Achieving these goals will require a comprehensive approach that, rather than focusing on sickness, encourages healthy lifestyles and integrates healthy choices into individual's daily lives," Harkin said. "The HeLP America Act of 2004 provides all sectors - child care centers, schools, workplaces, and communities -with the tools they need to reach the goal of making America a healthier place."
I think this may be very timely, and I think it is necessary for national security purposes. How is it a national security issue? If we had to call up every able-bodied citizen in a time of crisis, currently, 30% probably couldn't walk a mile, much less carry a pack or work when they got to their destination. We are in trouble.
Well, since this is what I enjoy doing, I'm going to read the bill when it gets put on the record, and I'll present my analysis, as I plod my way through what looked like on TV, 200 page bill. So what, you say? 200 pages of legalese is not like reading a 200 page Tom Clancy novel. The plots in both tend to be weak, and neither does character development very well, but at least Clancy throws in some action, which give you something to read for. Bills tend to drag on and on.
Well, off to do recycles and the rest.