In 2008 Los Angeles's government masters had a brilliant idea! They took a look at their public medical costs and found that Blacks and Hispanics down in South Central Los Angeles were really fat and were causing the city's share of the costs to soar. Hospitals and school health professionals were reporting alarming rates of adult obesity in both adults and children. Thousands of kids were showing up in hospitals with adult onset diabetes in ages as young as twelve years old!
Well, their great liberal Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa immediately blamed the fast food restaurants..after all in South Central and every other urban center in America, everyone's a victim and bears no responsibility for what happens to them. So the Mayor and the City Council got together and banned any new fast food licenses in South Central. And they began looking hard at re-newing fast food business licenses for the ones already in place. Many fast food outlets just pulled out entirely. The ban applied to a 32-square mile area of central Los Angeles.
Well, after implementing the law, the Mayor contracted with the Rand Corporation, paying them tens of millions to monitor obesity rates in South Central. When the law was passed in 2008 South Central's obesity rates were 63%. So imagine the liberal's surprise when, after five years of the junk food ban, Rand reported the final results. Now 75% of South Central is obese...a 12 percent increase in five years!
Alas, it seems that Jamaal and Jose were simply driving a little further out to slap their food stamp cards down on the counter and buying their Big Mac's and buckets from the Colonel!
At no time during those five years did any government official step forward and tell their citizens that THEY should take charge of their health. No one proposed a co-pay to offset the billions in medical costs for those minority obese. No one said "eat a salad." No one said "take a walk." No one said try the roast chicken. And they certainly did not suggest that getting a job burns more calories. Nope...that would be insulting their constituents...and you don't get 90% voter support from insulting your constituents.
"You want mash potatoes and gravy with your fried chicken, big guy?"