January 24, 2007
Who's has a (food) vision for America?
Last night President George W. Bush laid out his vision for America for the next two years. It was lacking specifics and it was lacking a connection to most Americans.
Good health is one of the top 5 issues for Americans. The world has changed. We -- as a whole -- are living longer, we have access to the best health care in the world, yet, many, many people are not living longer and don't have access to that great health care.
The senior senator from New York, Chuck Schumer, has just released his vision for America in his new book, "Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time."
He looked at all the issues facing Americans, especially the middle-class majority. He looked at taxes, war, employment, retirement, children, and health. He said that his political party needs to specifically address 11 issues -- and one of the issues is childhood obesity. Of all the issues facing America, he recognizes -- and thinks the Democratic party should recognize -- that obesity is a urgent, pressing issue that needs to be fixed now. Before it robs this country of its greatness.
We support Senator Schumer in this cause. The nation's resources need to be mustered against this fight against obesity. Otherwise we are consigning children and, then, later young adults to early deaths.
From a financial viewpoint, it will cost us a lot less to solve this problem now than to treat the heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and all the rest of the diseases than will come later.
One way to combat childhood obesity (and all obesity) is to serve the appropriate portion at the appropriate price. That's all we are trying to do here.
What do you think?