People are funny

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Humans, you gotta love ’em!

Look at this:  Greece is more than dead broke due to entitlement spending and years of fiscal irresponsibility.  So whom do Greeks elect to form a new government?

A radical leftist, which inspired one pundit to say (paraphrasing):  Greece is in cardiac arrest and instead of finding a heart surgeon, it hires a mass murderer.

And France, which has one of the highest levels of public spending in Western Europe and hasn’t balanced its budget since 1974, elects a Socialist president!

It’s voodoo Socialist economics that has landed these countries in their current predicament, along with Portugal, Italy, Spain, Ireland, etc. —  and they just keep digging the hole deeper.

Obama is taking the United States down the same path, by the way.  But if you don’t already know that, I’m sure not gonna convince you, am I?

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But let’s move on to obesity, a ballooning (pun intended) problem in the United States.

Since making judgments about people is verboten, due to the political correctness police, we cannot blame fat people for being fat.  It’s the environment’s fault!

The influential Institute of Medicine released a report this week.

Fat people are not at fault for being fat, says the institute.  It’s their surroundings that cause it.  It’s the Devil’s doing.  Too many McDonald’s, too much temptation, etc.

Errant nonsense.  People are funny.

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(Note:  That’s Art Linkletter’s mugshot. If you don’t get it, then I wish I were your age.)

25 thoughts on “People are funny”

    1. Joanne: I’m not sure if you’re pulling my leg or not. I know roughly how old you are, and it’s conceivable that you never saw Linkletter’s TV shows. I was quite young at the time. You are on the cusp, age-wise. Plus, you’re Canadian, and I don’t know if Art’s shows made it over the border. I imagine they did.

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        1. Joanne: I thought you were about five years older, which still would have put you in questionable territory on this issue. Of course, you do not remember him. And I still wish I were your age … and I’d still be older than my child bride.

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  1. Greece apparently has decided that it would prefer default to austerity and more bailouts. Problem is, once the inflow of rescue funds from the EU stops, there will be even more austerity than there was before, and that against a backdrop of a complete collapse of whatever little financial system Greece still has. If the Greeks have it bad now, a default and withdrawal from the EU will result in sharply higher pain down the road.

    People in Greece (and here and in the rest of the “first world”) don’t seem to have gotten the memo that there’s no more money. Anywhere. People will have to live within their means after decades of over-consuming.

    As for Obama, you cannot fairly blame him for the current parlous state of U.S. finances. Sure, he hasn’t done much to help in the mid- to long-term (like raise the retirement age, and cut back on other entitlements), but the U.S. was well on this road before Obama even ran for the Senate. We’ve spent too much on the military (“defense” — LOL), and neither Social Security nor Medicare have been actuarily re-vamped since their initiations. All this was done against a backdrop of deficit spending even in good times. Had Obama inherited a strong public balance sheet (low on-the-books debt, and a manageable set of future entitlement liabilities) his policies would have been the absolute right thing to do.

    The problem isn’t Obama. It’s an electorate that keeps voting itself benefits from the public treasury. The current debate about the so-called 1% only underscores this. People want something for nothing. Soaking the rich isn’t going to solve the fiscal problem. The CBO estimates that the so-called “Buffett Tax” would only raise $50 billion over 10 years, against a near-term ANNUAL deficit of close to $1.5 trillion. You can huff and puff all you want about “fairness” but if you want to solve the problem, you will need to cut Federal spending, and raise taxes on the middle class.

    The real solution will involve pain and sacrifice all around, not exactly a winning electoral platform. So instead, we get the Marie Antoinette government that we now have, worried about everything except the biggest, most important issue: America’s long-term fiscal health.

    However, unlike Greece, the USA has a real economy and real options. It’s just a matter of slamming on the brakes before we drive off the cliff.

    As for fat people, the older I get, the more I’m convinced that fat people lie first to themselves about what they really eat, and then tell their friends the same things. How many fat people have ever confessed to you exactly what they eat? If you believed them, they’d all be thin as sparrows. Instead, just look at the items in the grocery carts around you. I have no sympathy for purchasers of 2-litre bottles of non-diet soda, ice cream, cookies, and full-fat hamburger. If that’s what you buy, you will be fat. Full stop.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we see few pleasant choices to solve the current, big problems.

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    1. Kim: As is often the case, I agree with everything you say. I do not believe Obama caused the current U.S. economic mess, of course. Neither did Dubya cause it. It was a long time in the making. However, Obama would make a good Greek president. He’s done absolutely nothing to turn the ship of state in a more responsible direction. Quite the contrary.

      You are quite right about fat people, too. And the Institute of Medicine is quite wrong.

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        1. No… I am an “anything but the presumed Republican candidate” kind of guy. He smells of corrupt politician to me. Actually they all do. I don’t suppose there is any other way to occupy the office. However, some have a stronger odor than others.

          Admittedly a semi-bleeding heart liberal, I would like to see our military budget go towards more meaningful programs. I do not think it is our purpose or right to police the rest of the world in an effort to force our admittedly flawed values on them. That is not our manifest destiny.

          On the other hand, I think too many people have discovered how simple it is to suck on the public teat with nary a worthwhile contribution to society. Military/industrial or welfare state are extremes on both ends of the spectrum and they’re both dragging the rest of us down.

          Although wisdom is supposed to come with age, at this stage of life I find the ravages of aging overpowering what little wisdom my brain may have once held. I especially agree with Kim where I “see few pleasant choices to solve the current, big problems.”

          Not having any solutions and certainly not believing in our existing political system, I try to remain apolitical. I was a radical advocate for change during the 60’s, and we did manage meager impacts on society. I no longer have that passion or energy. Though it is sad to admit, I have joined most Americans in their apathy and acceptance of what is. And what is is very scary. Our big hope has to be our children and grandchildren.

          We were weaned on the innocence of Art Linkletter. With all of the knowledge reamed from our current worldwide technology, I do not think our children are innocent. I do, however, believe they are into escapism via all the social networking. Hopefully they will discover the necessary passion, rage and energy necessary to solve current and future big problems.

          Sorry for digressing so. Not normally my style… especially on political issues.

          On a different note, I don’t think we’ve seen your villainess since Valentine’s Day. I suspect she’s been up to more mischief since then.

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  2. Though I “didn’t get it,” I looked him up and remembered watching “Kids do the darndest things” as an adult. Very funny TV show.

    People are funny — unfortunately, the economy’s present state is not. You don’t even have to read, watch or even hear the news — looking around reminds of the current conditions reflected in the environment. And one created by, you got to love ’em, humans.

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    1. Andean: Kids Do the Darndest Things was a later show. People Are Funny came earlier. Linkletter was a great guy, both on- and off-camera, from what I have read.

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  3. They all seem to know what needs to be done, but are unwilling to cut, chop and trim to the barest essentials, for fear of alienating some voter group … it will never get fixed. Period!

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    1. Rancho: Oh, it will get fixed all right. It will force itself to get fixed. And it will hurt, as the Greeks are discovering, being that they are first in line.

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  4. There seem to be no statesmen … only politicians! Which, of course, means things will continue on the same path unless someone (many) is willing to risk the loss of the next election. If I can see the handwriting on the wall, why can’t they?

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  5. hard to believe as it may be, in the 3 days that we were at sasebo naval base, i saw more obese people than i had seen in 9 months in our area. the japanese eat very healthy and for the most part are very active. i see teams of old men playing baseball in the park, lots of women playing different games as well, people going to work and school on their bikes. or walking to the train station. this is definitely not a sedentary society.i can’t say that i’m in the best shape ever, still need to lose 13 lbs. but i am far from obese.

    teresa in nagoya

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  6. My dad went to high school with Art Linkletter in San Diego … in fact he got his start in radio in San Diego. I think his first TV was a daytime show called Art Linkletter’s House Party. As to the obesity epidemic … I have noticed that most of the gringo fast food franchises here in MX are full of overweight Mexican families … hard to understand because they are not cheap places to eat down here … one could feed a family of four at a taco stand for the price of a whopper, fries and coke … go figure

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  7. I am in these United States. It is the government’s fault that I am fat. It’s the government’s fault that there are few high paying jobs requiring little work. I have time to comment here because my elderly mother’s computer and printer were issued soon after the death of Gutenberg himself. That’s the goverment’s fault, too. She should get a new, speedy computer system each year with her medicare package. And free wireless. Or maybe we should move to Greece.

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