The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Sep 5, 2008

Little Brother

You've heard of Big Brother, the dictator in George Orwell's 1984 whose benevolent face stared out at the public from state owned telescreens found in every public place and in every home - Big Brother is watching you. Albuquerque has its own version of Big Brother - we'll call him Little Brother (for obvious reasons). Yep... The one, the only, The Almighty Alcalde himself - Mayor Martin Chavez.

Little Brother is watching you with his red light scam-eras, he lives in your radio with his "Q-Tips," he saves city employees from nasty tobacco, and now he's going to tell you what snacks to eat.
"Ultimately this affects everyone's pocket book. It's not just free choice, it's the whole pocketbook of the nation and the costs of healthcare," said Mayor Chavez.
In the name of healthcare, in the name of what's good for you, Little Brother is telling those who frequent city vending machines what they can buy by restricting what the private vendors can sell. Predictably, the vendors are none too happy about Little Brother's interference in their market place. Greg Trapp Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind told the Journal, "[w]hen we try to implement an all-healthy-choice option ... the sales just fall through the floor," (Subscription). Duh!

It's simple common sense. If the vending machines don't carry products that the public likes, they won't buy the products offered and the owners of the machines won't make money. If the vendors don't making money, then there won't be any vending machines. Regulation of a free market place for any reason results in shortages, period. The Soviets found that out the hard way and even the Chinese have discovered the power of the free market.
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By state law, vending contracts for vending machines on city property are required to be issued to contractors who are blind first. So... Little Brother's attempt to save city employees from evil junk food will starve the blind contractors who sell it. Unintended consequences are damn inconvenient sometimes.
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APS instituted a similar ban on school campuses in order to combat childhood obesity. According to Pepsi, vending machine sales have dropped by 70% since 2002. What do you bet that childhood obesity rates haven't changed at all?

Never mind that government has no business dictating what can and cannot be eaten, people will find a way to purchase the products that they want. If it's not offered by the vending machines at APS or on city property, they'll buy it somewhere else. We'd suggest the hot dog stands and sandwich shops downtown start carrying a healthy supply of unhealthy snacks.

More frightening than junk food depravation is the underlying attitude exhibited by The Almighty Alcalde. Somehow he believes that it's his right to dictate what others consume all in the name of lowering healthcare costs.

Can you imagine what would happen if Little Brother were in charge of healthcare? The freedom to choose what to eat, how much to weigh, how much to exercise, what drugs to take, what medical procedures to have, perhaps even the choice of whether or not to live or die... gone.

Little Brother says "it's not just free choice." The hell it isn't! What's at stake is not a few vendors or some junk food, it's our liberty. When government is given the responsibility to save you from yourself, you necessarily loose your ability to make a choice contrary to government doctrine - doctrine arbitrarily determined by politicians looking out for themselves not you. Little Brother is watching and he's stealing our most precious possession - our freedom... One Twinkie at a time.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is Marty's BMI?

Anonymous said...

Marty is full of S**T!!! ...... (Organic, no doubt)

Anonymous said...

Here we go with the "Free" market rhetoric again. So by extension it wouldn't be a problem to advertise Taurus guns at Rio Grande HS?

Anonymous said...

Didn't SMarty already put a ban on bottled water at City Hall because people weren't recycling to his high standards? So you are taking all the cans from the machines and replacing them with bottled water??? I'm getting dizzy. Maybe SMarty will finish his list of special interest Things To Do and get to the bottom to the less important items such as municipal development, public safety, and infrastructure.

But I don't know for sure..I'm just a normal guy...not smart enough to be mayor!

Anonymous said...

"Free market rhetoric" again is said in the above post like it is a bad thing.
Take it from someone whose family is from a former Soviet state, if you dont like the free market go live there and see how you like it. The free market capitalist society is exactly what makes it worth living here in America. And yes, the so called liberals here are definitely too weak to make it in that society -- you would be eaten up in no time at all

Anonymous said...

Marty and his flunkie Ray Ray will go down together.

I know one 34 that sits at Chama Brewing just waiting for Marty to come out. His days are numbered. He's going to get caught and all the crap will come tumbling down. ray ray can go with him.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's advertise cigarettes at schools too. In fact condoms should get coverage--oh but wait, that's against the morals of the religious right. So much for a freedom.

Anonymous said...

It looks as if the Mayor has not missed many twinkies vending machines! He's a fat little troll.

Anonymous said...

When I take issue with "free market" I'm taking issue with the theocrats who believe in the mythology of a market without any form of regulation. Because I don't subscribe to that doesn't mean I subscribe to communist eastern-bloc fantasy land either. And by the way I love America and wouldn't trade it for anything, just don't try to feed me the "a free market will fix everything" hyperbole. Sounds like you've already been eaten up.

Anonymous said...

Alchol must not be on King Martys list of bad things to injest, based on how snockered he is when his PD body guards assist him as he leaves every Isotopes game he attends. He used to be like this every Friday and Saturday night at his hotel hang out on First St NW too. I wonder where he consumes mass quantities of booze now?

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha! I hope that 34 gets the little turd, but I think not. It's part of the job of 34's assigned to that detail to protect the Mayor from those who would give him his just desserts! The time to go after him is when he's the "lame duck" then he's powerless to do anything and so is ray ray. He's not going to get re-elected, no way no how. No one that works for the city will vote for him, he's a public nuisance.

Anonymous said...

elephant bar

Anonymous said...

Kaatje-we get it, ok? We know living in the United States is better than living in most other places. That doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to make things even better. That is the reason this country is so great.

Anonymous said...

I have an idea. why doesn't marty start stocking the machines with condoms? that would elleviate any more psa pregnancies and maybe elleviate the chance these animals might actually spawn?

Anonymous said...

RECYCLING? are you kidding. Did you know most of the stuff put in "recycle" bins ends up in the dump anyways? The City cant find any company to "recycle" so most of it is thrown at the dump.

Anonymous said...

The City cant find any company to "recycle" so most of it is thrown at the dump.

September 9, 2008 1:43:00 PM MDT

THAT'S A BALD FACED LIE ! Go back to eating ur buggers u moron & keep your mouth shut...

Anonymous said...

no the only problems they are having is with GLASS the rest is good to go

Anonymous said...

Marty needs to watch what he eats! The guy is very fat from the waist down, he looks like a bowling pin!

Anonymous said...

Im surprised he doesnt take out the sweets and put in dog food, or better yet what about the bottles of alcohol in his offfice? His priorities are so screwed up.