Official: Team Obama to Regulate Junk Food Industry

Sweet treats for me, but not for thee.

White House official Larry Summers suggested that Team Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food in the second term.
The Washington Examiner reported:

Larry Summers, chair of the White House National Economic Council when the 2009 stimulus was developed, suggested that President Obama will eventually tax and regulate junk food to drive people to eat more healthily — although he dinged First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy foods initiative.

“I think there is no question that the way Americans eat and what Americans weigh is a big contributor to health problems and it’s a big contributor to health costs,” Summers said on Morning Joe today.It’s not the agenda now, but I think at some point you’re going to see tax measures and regulatory measures that are going to be directed at helping people be healthier. That’s just going to happen and I think it’s probably a good thing when it does.”

Summers this agenda to anti-cigarette policies. “[J]ust as we have over time done things with respect to tobacco that are very constructive and that are saving hundreds of thousands of people’s lives, that kind of agenda is going to come to other aspects of public health, including the way people eat,” he said.

Curiously, though, Summers took an oblique shot at the results of Mrs. Obama’s overhaul of the school lunch menu as part of her effort to fight child obesity.

“Should kids be going hungry at lunch because they can’t have any good food — any food they like in the schools?” he asked rhetorically. “You can obviously take it too far and you have to be careful.”

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  • Dave in NYC

    Summers is a former White House official–he’s now a Harvard professor.

  • gastorgrab

    More MORAL laws.

    Don’t know about anyone else, but I was always taught that a good person is someone who CHOOSES to do the right thing, not someone who is forced to.

    Example: Inmate #73452 must return to his cell at the time of the Wardens request. Does compliance with a mandate make him a good person?

  • gastorgrab

    Why does Christianity bother teaching it’s followers how to distinguish good from evil if government takes all those decisions out of their hands?

    Why do schools teach children about the different food groups if government intends to tightly control what they can eat?

    Why should trade schools teach ‘work safety’ if ObamaCare will cover any injury they might have?

    Why tells us about any options if we no longer have a choice in the matter?

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    america the land of the free. the liberal is a tyrant and oppressor to the core of their being.

  • Warthog

    You see, now that the government is in the health-care business, they can regulate anything. They can tell you what to eat, what to drink and what to think.
    What? You’re not open and accepting of the gay-bi-lesbian-trans-species agenda?
    All that rage can’t be good for your health, and we’re looking out for you. Here, take this diversity course and we’ll let you go back to work.
    You don’t want to? Sorry, the course is mandatory for employment.
    You see, we’re looking out for your health, which the public now has an interest in.

  • Joe Blow

    How is Obama going to regulate and tax UGLY? Look at the picture, she would owe a lot or would she get an exemption just like all the cronies in Obamacare.

  • Jesusland

    So Rush was right. AGAIN. He called this way back in ’98 when Dems were going after “big tobacco.” He said, “What’s next, fast food?”. Of course, everybody mocked him.

  • baconhotline

    Lawrence Summers was the dweeby, ineffectual academician (but I repeat myself), who hightailed it out of the WH when he figured Baraqa’s commie economics system would land him in prison. Now that the coast is clear with re-election a done deal, Lawrence figures it’s safe enough to stick out his turtle head from under his slimy rock to get some face time.

  • ponderon

    Big government wants to make all your choices for you……No need for bobbleheads to use their brains anymore….

  • Jim M

    Once he destroys the economy we will be begging for whatever food we can find.

  • gastorgrab

    After ten years of liberal-progressive “development”, we’ll enter a supermarket and all we’ll see on the shelves is a single product marked; “Food”.

    It will include everything we need to survive, and will be manufactured entirely with union labor.

    Enjoy, comrades!

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  • jj

    How long until we’re eating Soylent Green?

  • Daisy

    So I assume that banning EBT card purchases of junk food will be first, right?

  • hermie

    You know what legal substance is the cause of severe health problems? It’s also the cause of many traffic fatalities and domestic violence?


    I’d tell the WH to immediately restrict the sale and possession of alcoholic beverages.

    It worked so well in the early part of the 20th century.

    Oh BTW tell Bloomberg to put in a ban on the amount of caffeine a person can have at one time. Too many aggitated New Yorkers who are cramming coffee houses. It’s for their own good you know.

  • Oliver

    part 2 in a series of interviews with an Intelligence Insider on what really happened in Benghazi. Very scary stuff — a must read!

  • Gregory of Yardale

    If everyone took responsibility for their own j

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  • dba_vagabond_trader

    This commie cabal are annihilators. Drag Amerika down and rebuild it in the image of a pseudo marxist paradise.

  • Finncrisp

    The taxathon is on for real now. Revenue for all that out of control spending that will have no end. We can thank those who stayed home and let this dope win another term.