Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From far right Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia at a townhall meeting:

I tell ya, we’ve got some new problems in Washington. Big problems. Just today, Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. They want to give all the power to the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is what the federal, CDC, they gonna be calling you to make sure you eat fruits and vegetables, every day. This is socialism of the highest order!

Right. Except this is nothing more than a public awareness campaign encouraging people to eat healthier so they’ll be healthier. It doesn’t have a single thing to do with anyone visiting your home to make sure you’re eating right. They’re even providing recipes, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be sending federal marshals into your house to make sure you’re making them.

You know the worst thing about this? Broun is a physician, for crying out loud. He should be supporting this kind of thing — and I say that as someone who doesn’t eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables. But there’s nothing wrong with the government providing educational materials on a healthy diet. These people are whacked.