Sunday, February 18, 2007

Smoking ban. Why stop there?

OK, so I personally would like to never breath in smoke in a restaurant or bar ever again. I already don't go to bars because of the smoke and I'm sure there are many more like me.

We have seat belt laws, motorcycle laws, and maybe smoking bans to keep us healthier. Why stop there? American's are fat and eating bad food. Let's ban french fries, fast food, cheese sauce, teen pregnancies, and cars that get less then 30 mpg.

Walmart should be fined for carrying Ben and Jerry's ice cream?

As long as we are at it, since there is a huge percentage of pregnancies by girls who were not "of age" when they became pregnant, should we be digging up the fathers using DNA and putting them in jail? That could be a city law too.

There are traffic fatalities, shouldn't we start to enforce the speed limits and traffic laws? Shouldn't we start with ourselves first?

Should we mandate gym membership and 5 hours or more of exercise for every citizen?

Let's really put an end of the unmarried pregnancy issues and force every woman to get a year long birth control shot if she isn't married.

If the city doesn't like the siding on your house, they should write you tickets everyday until you change it.

If you don't graduate from college, you have to work for the city at minimum wage until you do?

Feel free to tap other people's phone without a warrant, it doesn't bother me.

It isn't to hard to go to far is it? I'm guessing that if you are a smoker with your own business, you might think that a smoking ban is going to far as well.

Do we really want the city to dictate lifestyle to its citizens? Where should they stop? I'm guessing for most people in Carbondale, the answer is they should stop right before they get to my bad habits.

Your comments are welcome.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have seat belt laws, motorcycle laws, and maybe smoking bans to keep us healthier. Why stop there? American's are fat and eating bad food. Let's ban french fries, fast food, cheese sauce, teen pregnancies, and cars that get less then 30 mpg.

This is so far off base that its not even funny. Unless working at the fast food place leads to your health problems, its like comparing apples to oranges. But that's besides the point -- government is always drawing lines on regulating business. I mean, let's take your "logic" the other way...why bother with those pesky work-safety rules. Heck, why not get rid of child labor laws? Its a silly logic either way. Government is in the business of drawing these lines; in a democracy, that should be in accordance with what the public wants. If the public doesn't want it, so be it...but I suspect that's what this election will tell us one way or another.

Peter in Carbondale said...

I think you have it, I wrote the last post that was my position and then wrote this one making fun of how far we are willing to go to "protect" the stupid. Sorry for the confusion.