The advance of the nanny state continues. I saw this story linked on Drudge:
Belmont is set to make history by becoming the first city in the nation to ban smoking on its streets and almost everywhere else.
The Belmont City Council voted unanimously last night to pursue a strict law that will prohibit smoking anywhere in the city except for single-family detached residences. Smoking on the street, in a park and even in one’s car will become illegal and police would have the option of handing out tickets if they catch someone.
That story breaks on the heals of this one:
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's proposal for a near ban on artificial trans fat in restaurant food received overwhelming support at a hearing on Monday, as fast-food chain KFC separately said it would stop using oil containing the artery-clogging fat.
The American College of Cardiology was one of several medical groups that told the New York City Health Department hearing that trans fat needed to be removed to help the United States combat obesity and heart disease.
"We're all starting to look like Mr. Potato Head," said Howard Weintraub of New York University Medical Center. He was one of nearly 70 people who addressed the public hearing, a vast majority of whom supported the proposal.
Scared yet? Of course those are just local stories, reflecting the actions of only two cities. For now. And the stage is being set for the health nazis to go on a nationwide offensive. Hillary hints at it in outlining the Dems Congressional agenda.
She also said Democrats would focus on improving the quality and affordability of health care - a touchy matter for the former first lady, who in 1993 led her husband's calamitous attempt to overhaul the nation's health care system. The failure of that effort helped Republicans win control of both the Senate and House the following year.
"Health care is coming back," Clinton warned, adding, "It may be a bad dream for some."
A bad dream? Nightmare is more like it. Once the "government" is paying for our health care (which they'll do by raising our taxes), look for the health nazis to wield more power than ever. I can see it now.
"We have a problem Mr. Smith" the doctor said. "It looks like you've gained 15 pounds since your last exam. That's not good. Bad for the heart, you know. I'm afraid you'll have to come back for monthly weigh-ins until you meet the government mandated standard."
The doctor handed Mr. Smith a diet plan. "Now follow that to the letter" he said. "Failure to make adequate progress will result in heavy fines (no pun intended). I'm sure you'd agree that it's not fair to burden the taxpayers with the increased cost of your unhealthy eating habits."
Mr. Smith took the diet plan and left the office without saying a word. He didn't want to complain about the intrusiveness of this whole process. After all, he was getting "free" health care. And no one likes an ingrate.
Free health care. Free exams. Free surgery. Free drugs. At no cost to you. Unless you count the loss of your freedom.