There has been a great deal of ink spilled in recent years in an attempt to define the differences between Democrats and Republicans. This news item sums it up in a nutshell.
The subject is a report by an advocacy group named Trust for America’s Health which says that obesity rates rose in every state except Oregon. The group then goes on to advocate increased government action in order to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Since this item is carried on the Associated Press wire, one would expect it to stop there. But the author, Kevin Freking, makes an admirable attempt at balance. He quotes a spokesman from The Cato Institute who says that it’s pretty much an individual’s responsibility so far as diet and lifestyle is concerned.
I’m a fellow with a big ol’ gut and I still don’t want the government to offer me anything extra because of it even though I’d be first in line to realize any benefits. I don’t know if that opinion would lead people to think of me as a Libertarian, a Neo-Conservative or a plain old Realist. Personally, I just think that I’m a grouchy old fart.