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Michelle Obama Tries New Tact: ‘Okay, DON’T Let Them Eat Cake!’

May 17, 2010

We’re all familiar with the quote attributed to Marie Antoinette: “Let them eat cake.”  The phrase represents one who is at once out of touch and uncaring about the plight of the lower classes.

Well, Michelle Obama is every bit as out of touch as Marie Antoinette ever was.  But she’s a wily out-of-touch elitist, she is.

So she’s not going to make the same mistake as her famous French predecessor.  No, she’s going to make the exact opposite mistake.

So it’s “Don’t LET them eat cake.”

You stupid, moronic proletariat.  You are ontologically so far below Michelle Obama and her ilk that you don’t even qualify to call yourselves the same species.  How DARE you think that you have either the right or the ability to make eating decisions for yourself and your family???

How DARE you believe that you should have any right whatsoever to make your own life choices, you “nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents,” you.  So please insert the scalpel and disconnect your frontal lobes so that Mrs. “America is just downright mean!” make your basic life choices for you.

And whatever else you do, stop being proud of your vile, evil, greedy country.  Not only should you not get to eat, but you should be ashamed of yourselves for eating the few crumbs Dear Leader allows your family to stuff their faces with.

From ATR:

Perhaps it’s time for ATR to start asking First Ladies to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Michelle Obama has embarked upon a well-documented campaign to tackle childhood obesity in America. As with similar social initiatives, it begins with the noblest of intentions only to morph into another big government program funded by new taxes aimed at behavior modification.

I won’t dispute that obesity is a problem in this country, nor that children are better off living healthy, active lives. What I do find troubling is the Task Force on Childhood Obesity‘s report calling for, among other things, a study of the impact of higher food taxes on obesity:

The task force also sees a potential pocketbook approach to keep people from buying unhealthy foods. It calls for analyzing the effect of imposing state and local sales taxes on less healthy products.

This is becoming an unwelcome refrain within the Obama Administration. The stimulus package signed into law in February contained hundreds of millions of dollars in spending to expressly advocated for tax increases. It’s also an established trend for left-of-center causes like the Campaign for Tobacoo Free Kids: Start with a good purpose, but slowly evolve into a platform for command-and-control economic policies.

I can agree that underage smoking and childhood obesity are problematic and should be curtailed. But government intervention into our lives, via high taxes and excessive regulation, is certainly not the answer. Rather than allowing people to make their own choices with regards to diet and exercise, the First Lady’s anti-obesity effort seems to be predicated on a reliable staple of the liberal playbook: government coercion.

As someone who was once on the very poor side, I can tell Michelle Obama and her fellow band of disconnected liberal whackjobs something that they don’t know: one of the reasons that poor people buy unhealthy foods is that they are a LOT cheaper than the healthy foods.  Go look at the fresh healthy nutritious foods and then compare them to the sugary and high-calorie foods.

It is expensive to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.  And boy is it ever expensive to eat fresh fish, as compared with regular ground beef.  From my experience, eating “healthy” costs at least double eating “unhealthy.”

Michelle Obama’s braindead solution to our problems is to raise the taxes on the only foods a lot of poor families can barely afford.

She’s not as bad as Marie Antoinette was, she’s in fact much WORSE.  Marie just said something stupid that didn’t actually hurt anyone.  Michelle Obama is seeking to implement policies that will directly hurt people.

The point is that Michelle Obama is ostensibly saying the exact opposite thing that Marie Antoinette infamously said when she now says, “Don’t LET them eat cake.”  But it is the same warped, disconnected, out-of-touch and uncaring statement from the same sort of elitist.

And just to add to the hypocrisy and chutzpah, even as Michelle is talking about taxing the hell out of anything she deems unhealthy, Barack Obama is in Buffalo porking out on a dozen buffalo wings, french fries, and onion rings.  And did I mention that they Hypocrite-in-Chief still smokes?  Because, again, you see, only THESE people get to decide what is healthy and what isn’t, and what they should be allowed to have, and what they shouldn’t.


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