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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Delusions!

This week, the Los Angeles City Council banned new fast food restaurants from opening in poor neighborhoods in south Los Angeles for at least a year. Now, this law will supposedly combat obesity by attracting a better breed of restaurants with healthier food choices.

The assumptions here are breathtaking, including the notion that all-knowing government bureaucrats can make people eat approved food. I mean, people -- including the poor -- choose what they want from menus (what they can afford), and there's no reason to expect that's going to change. And what happens when the "wholesome" restaurants that the city council wants to move into these neighborhoods don't show up? Will the council mandate that they appear -- and then dictate how much they can charge for their more expensive menus? Will council members decree no french fries or burgers... ever?

The same day as the fast food ban, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors enacted their own injunction, this one prohibiting pharmacies from selling tobacco products. It goes into effect in the fall.

Now, California is awash in budget problems, and Democrats are talking about raising taxes on businesses again. The things that these dunderheads are tasked to do -- like manage their own budget, provide quality education, and fix the roads -- they can't do. Yet these meddling liberal tyrants want to control the inventory of businesses; they want to ban businesses they don't like -- just to satisfy their arrogant self-delusions!

You know, sooner or later (I hope), even you liberal voters are going to have your fill of these people... maybe not, though.

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
AP: LA Blocks New Fast-Food Outlets from Poor Areas
AP: San Francisco Board Passes Drugstore Tobacco Ban


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