The Beast of Terror is bulging. He's waddling around the
industrialized world, spreading feasts of fat for people to eat and
become blobs. Governments around the world are
attacking the Beast of Fat with a Fat Tax proposal. Will
it work? Can the mothering and fathering of health be
administered by the tax man or the Sentinel of Vigilance?
11, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 637
Global Fat Tax Attacks Beast Of
Terror's Bulging Belly
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, New York--June 11,
2003-- Americans stiffening over the recent proposal to apply a "fat
tax" to foods that promote bulging bellies and unhealthy diets aren't
alone. All over the industrialized world, government tax
collectors are looking for ways to cut the fat out of deficits by
criminalizing eating habits.
All taxes are punishments, of greater or lesser
They are onerous invasions into a person's pocket,
forcing one to pay the toll or not cross the bridge.
golden arches would pay heavy fines for their many starches
wants to impose a fat tax on a greasy meal like the one above
Want to eat a greasy hamburger and French fries,
then suck down a thick shake? Well, the government wants to
punish you for consuming fat. You have to pay to
expand your waistline. Besides the cost of eating too much, the
government is out to tax your mandibles, and that gnawing Beast of Fat
Terror screaming in your gut for another helping.
And, its happening around the world.
The Western Mail, reported this
morning that the British Medical Association, proposed the
controversial tax at a conference as a financial tool to help fight
the growing problem of obesity. The paper noted that Dr. Ian
Campbell, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, opposed the proposal
saying: "This was debated five years ago and dismissed as a tax
on social disadvantage. People who have the greatest problems with
obesity are those who live in the poorer socioeconomic groups and rely
on high fat and high sugar foods," he said.
Medical Association proposed a fat tax as a financial tool
The Western Mail noted that more
than half the people in Wales are considered overweight or obese, and
that obesity will overtake the U.K's number one preventable
killer--smoking--in a decade."
This morning, I happened to be
thinking diet again, as I do each morning just before I fix breakfast.
As the thought shot through my mind, I heard the morning news blare
out that New York was considering a "fat tax," an additional one
percent (1%) tax on junk food, commercials, and, video games.
The video games were thrown in because people sit around playing games
as their hamburgers and French fries turn to fat. Television
commercial promoting junk food are obviously weapons of the Beast of
Lawmakers should have called the fat
tax a "Terrorist Tax!"
Justification for the tax, earmarked
to go to education and promotion of eating nutrition-based foods, is
underscored by statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC estimates that 15 percent of all children and teenagers in the
United states are severely overweight or obese. According
to the CDC, the number of overweight teenagers has tripled since 1980.
In concurrence, the United Kingdom
reports that 20 percent of Britain's children are overweight.
problem is not a character problem."
Canada is also facing
the problem. On a CBC radio show, Dr. Lance Levy, a medical
nutrition researcher and author of "Conquering Obesity" opposes the
tax because he believes eating is not the cause of being overweight.
He believes it is the "motivation" behind eating that drives one to
consume fatty food. Thus, a tax on the manufacturers would be
However, he notes that about 51 percent of
Canadians are obese or overweight, up from 32 percent a decade ago.
WHO calls obesity a global medical illness
On a more global basis, the World Health
Organization recently called obesity a global medical illness.
The WHO has termed the problem,
"globesity." In 2000, the WHO
noted that obesity worldwide had increased from 200 million in 1995 to
300 million in 2000, with 20 percent of the obese, children. The
organization also said that the problem was not just limited to
developed nations. An estimated 115 million suffer obesity in
underdeveloped nations, eating junk foods instead of more nutritious
Ironically, when I was a child my
grandmother used to sternly say: "Eat everything on your plate.
The people in Poland are starving."
I learned to lick the plate clean, even
though it made no logical sense why I should gorge myself while others
were starving. But, like any child, you don't argue with grandma
who, in those days, had a rolling pin glued to her right hand.
The "fat tax" brings up some scary
Here we are in the mine field of the
Patriot Act, letting certain civil rights be whittled away here and
there under the name of national security and anti-Terrorism.
In a way, the Patriot Act is a "fat tax." It's cutting away at
all the "extra rights" we have, as though we don't deserve them, or,
that they are expendable rights--our civil obesity needs
Anything that takes something away is a
tax. Our rights are being taxed. We are paying
dearly for them in subtle ways, and no one knows exactly what they
will cost, except that they will cost. And when something
"costs," you lose. You get leaner. Your bulging belly of
civil rights gets slimmer, whether you like it or not.
The fat tax seems to be another form of
government intrusion into the civil rights of individuals.
The government is once more telling the people it knows what is better
for the people than the people know.
The fat tax is
government intrusion on how to raise children
The fat tax is about the Beast of Terror
growing fatter and the Parents and Children of Vigilance growing
Dr. Levy opposed the tax not because
he opposes fighting obesity, but because he sees the problem isn't
about the people who make the food, or commercials or video games, but
those who abuse themselves. The governments both in America and
abroad allege the tax money will go to education, but at what cost?
And, does the government have
the right to tell people how to live, what to eat?
The more socialized the state becomes, that
is, the more the people depend on the state to supply services, it
seems the more rights the government should have. In
both Canada and Britain, socialized medicine is in effect, so the
government, to reduce costs, sees itself as overlord of health.
Taxing and applying those taxes to education would seem a natural
extension of their power--the power given to them by the people to
take care of them.
But the real fat tax isn't about what
one eats, it is about what one gives up.
It should be called a Complacency
The Beast of Terror operates on the
basis of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. A Sentinel of
Vigilance, on the other hand, employs Courage, Conviction and Right
Actions for the benefit of the Children's Children's Children.
Complacency is the worst of all
venoms of the Beast of Terror. And, as people turn over
their rights to government in the form of taxation, the more
Complacent they become regarding the management of their own behavior.
"I'm paying a lot of taxes, so I
expect a lot of service," grumps one taxpayer.
A fat tax is
turning over one's life to the Beast of Government Terror
What he's really saying is, "I've
become more and more Complacent in managing my own life, and I expect
someone to run it for me."
A fat tax is just another form of
turning over the duty and responsibility for one's life to the Beast
of Government Terror.
Governments consume things.
They do not create. For thousands and thousands of
years, the role of government has been to exert the most power
possible over the people, and in so doing, try to run the people's
lives. In every case, such efforts has failed, from the Roman
times to the recent fall of Iraq.
The right to eat, the right to sleep,
the right to move around freely, the right to do whatever one desires
that doesn't harm or injure others, is constantly being checked and
balanced by growing laws and regulations. A driver
of a vehicle must obey the laws of the road or suffer the tax man's
brutal retaliation--a ticket.
But the privacy of a person is
Does a person have the right to eat
what he or she wants? Or, does the government have a duty
and responsibility to dictate that right?
governments have the right to beat their chest sand tell people what
If governments are in charge of
health care, and, the cost of obesity impacts their ability to deliver
those services at the expense of other health provisions, then
governments step up to the plate and swing the bat of regulation.
They beat their chests and shout to the people: "You gave us the
duty to protect you, and we're going to protect you whether you like
it or not!"
Ultimately, this is slavery.
People give up their rights to manage
their lives to governing bodies, faceless, nameless entities that
shift about in the winds of political change.
The fat tax is all about that.
It's about the Beast of Government
growing fatter while the Sentinels of Vigilance, the people, grow
The more one is taxed, the more
famished one's body becomes to stand on his or her own two feet.
A one-percent tax here, a one-percent
tax there, accumulates until there isn't anything left.
But worse, the right of Vigilance is
Who is in charge of the child's
weight? The government or the parent?
Are parents or
governments in charge of children?
If we follow the route of the fat
tax, we end up with the government being in charge of our children's
We also find that along the route,
we, the Parents of Vigilance, have been suckered into Complacency if
we allow it to happen. We have bowed once more at the claws of
the Beast of Government Terror.
However, there is a solution.
The Pledge of Vigilance.
If we look at the Pledge of Vigilance
and act upon its Principles of Vigilance, we concern ourselves with
the future not just of ourselves, but of our Children's Children's
Children. Even if we aren't a parent, we are a Loved
One of Vigilance, we have nieces, cousins, nephews to think about.
To do the right thing for the future
generations we need to think and act in healthy ways--both
emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally. This means
we veer away from things that hurt us, that hurt our loved ones, our
Eating fatty foods is an act of
Complacency when the consumption of them exceeds healthy guidelines.
And, if one is not thinking in terms of Vigilance--to the future of
generations to come--the odds are that Complacency will rule.
What we need in America and the world
is not a Fat Tax, but a Vigilance Tax.
If we are going to tax anything, we
need to tax our Complacency.
We need to put
our funds into a Vigilance Pool
We need to put all the funds into a
Vigilance Pool, and promote the Pledge of Vigilance, and Principles of
Vigilance rather than what to eat and why to eat it.
Human beings are naturally seeking
the "easier, softer way" in life. It takes a shock here
and there to startle us back to the reality that we must protect our
rights rather than give them up.
A Vigilance Tax would do that.
If we put that tax into effect, and
used every dollar to educate ourselves on our duties as Sentinels of
Vigilance, we wouldn't have to worry about getting fat. But the
government would. For the more Vigilant we became, the
more threatened the government would become. As we gained
more Courage, Conviction and took more Right Actions for the benefit
of the Children and the Children's Children's Children, the less
government would be needed to tell us what to do, how to think and how
Ultimately, we would trim government
down to its bare bones, rather than let it get fatter and fatter at
So, if you want a thinner waistline and the
power to rule your life, lobby not against a fat tax, but for a
And, take the Pledge of Vigilance--it's the
most nutritious food you can ever consume.
June 10--Beast of Terror vs. Martha
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