Thursday, October 25, 2007

Nanny State and Fast Food

Via Bill Hobbs, this is an interesting story about how the Los Angeles City Council wants to ban new fast food establishments from opening in poorer sections of town.

Critics say the efforts are misguided, particularly in inner-city neighborhoods where affordable food may be the biggest concern of some families, and where a safe place to play and exercise is more important than new restaurants.

“Dictating to other groups of people what they should eat or want to eat is about the most patronizing kind of activity I can imagine,” says Barry Glassner, professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, whose campus is located in South L.A.

I would note that I sometimes read the commentary of "Jack Dunphy," the pseudonym of a police officer who writes commentary for National Review Online. Dunphy often points out the counterproductive efforts of the LA City Council and Mayor, and how these efforts do little to thwart crime. Guess who are the biggest victims? The very poor whom the lefty politicians are trying to "save."

Now if the city would get SERIOUS about crime (instead of "sanctuary" policies and other forms of political correctness), then maybe restaurants that serve healthier fare would open up in more areas of the city. Maybe more families would feel safer moving into the city to send their kids to the schools. And it can be done with a reduced tax bill.

Say, why don't these entrenched politicians invest in a healthy food restaurant themselves. With so little alleged competition, they should make a fortune! Maybe the mayor wants to be a cashier (without a gun to defend himself)?