On the Nanny State front, a Los Angeles city councilwoman, Jan Perry, has a very ingenious idea to stem the "tide" of obesity in the city council district that she represents.
Miss Perry would like a two-year moratorium on the building of fast food restaurants.
It has to prove two things.
That the Los Angeles city council does not have anything better to do. While the city can not fix potholes, they will consider this absurd legislation.
Secondly, the reason that there is a proliferation of fast food establishments in South Central Los Angeles is the fact that it is a social and economic basketcase and until the former situation is solved, the latter will not transform.
But, Miss Perry obviously does not understand both the problem in her district and the free enterprise system.
Gang activity, which leads to crime, broken families, which leads to multiple children and many times from multiple fathers, and lack of innitive is the greatest problem in the district Miss Perry represents. But, true socialist that she is, she does not want to address the real problems but blames the outside forces that makes these people do what they do.
Really? So, these people do not have minds of their own and know how to make the right decisions over the wrong decisions? I do not think so, but if one makes people feel like victims rather than part of the problem, what you get is an unending cycle.
So, if the police were able to go all out to break the power of gang life, many young people will have potential opportunity to better their lives and thus the lives of their neighbors. These people are tired of the empty promises to improve their neighborhoods.
It is time for the police to be able to break heads and let the gangs and gangbangers know who runs the neighborhood.
Also, their is a spiritual bankruptcy, which leads to the problems of gangs and cheap sex that leads to out of wedlock children which cause a drain on the economy in general as the state has to dole out welfare benefits to these people. There is a serious need for spiritual renewal. This is a great vineyard for Christians to speak the gospel and bring people to Christ. Also, there is room for many faith traditions to help those who want to break the cycle of economic and spiritual poverty gripping this area of Los Angeles.
It would amaze Miss Perry that if that were done, then many businesses would want to flock to this area to build it up, to provide jobs and a way for many to move up the ladder and become great role models for their neighbors. But, why would say a major supermarket chain want to go into such an area? The risks far outweigh the possible benefits.
The reality is that people want to sweep the real problems under the rug and blame someone else and feel good about it.
So, then the Food Police will be active in trying to stop another McDonalds from being built in an area where it is popular. And the Nanny State continues to astound those of us that believe this is the last place where government should be involved.
Methinks that until the larger problems are solved in this area of Los Angeles, it will not matter if one or a thousand fast food restaurants are built. There needs to be a rethinking of the proper role of government. All I can say is that this is not the proper role of government.