Thank You, Michelle Obama . . . From a Conservative
You have inspired me — No, really . . . . Honest!
As I mentioned to your husband back in January (http://wp.me/pPbDg-1df), all too often we focus on our differences, when, in fact, we have so much in common. Your “Let’s Move” campaign struck a common chord with me, because I, too, believe like you do that “the physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”
Over the past three decades, government obesity rates in America have more than tripled, and today, nearly one in three dollars spent by our insatiable Federal government is borrowed.
At $3.8 trillion, your husband’s budget for 2013 is nearly 5 times fatter than Ronald Reagan’s $0.8 trillion budget for 1983.
The girth of the government beltway has grown 24% from 17.7 million employees in 1980 to over 21.9 million bureaucrats now working at the federal, state and local levels.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the veritable economic fat cells of government, contains a total of 174,545 pages. In 1970, the CFR totaled only 54,834 pages — a 318% increase in 43 years.
And thanks to the gluttony of government spending, our national debt is now tipping the scales at $16,749,315,561,096.59, up over 1200% from 1983 and equal to an extra $52,869.21 of financial weight to be carried around by each and every U.S. Citizen.
By all measures our nation’s GMI — Government Mass Index — is as unhealthy as the BMIs in a lunchroom full of over-served, hyper-lethargic cookie crunchers and soda swillers.
While you and I see that obesity is a threat to the nation’s future, our critics just don’t understand us. Yours accuse you of starving school children with restrictive cafeteria choices. Mine shriek that I am a delusional and rabid jihadist-terrorist-arsonist-anarchist-tea bagger who does not support government in any form because, paradoxically, I believe in the principles of the United States Constitution and agree with Abraham Lincoln that the government our Constitution created “of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”
I guess the truth is that the folks on my side often have a messaging problem. While our patriotic hearts are in the right place, our words often hit the wrong note. We talk about shrinking government in what is clearly a “Super Size It” society. We confuse people by demanding freedom, but call for limited government. We continually quote a document written on parchment over 200 years ago to folks with their retinas glued to LCD displays.
I noticed your Let’s Move campaign talks about dreams and healthy futures, not adipocytes and liposuction. Perhaps we need to start talking about “slimming down” government and sharing our vision for a “sleeker, sexier” civil service. I’m sure some eye-catching visuals might be informative as well as motivational.
I owe these thoughts to you, so thank you Michelle Obama:
Everyone has a role to play in reducing government obesity, including citizens, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, media elites, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the future for all of our children.