Here Come the Pizza Police

Tevya the Wasp

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Pizza and the Feds

Good Morning Breakfastpoppers. Today is Friday, February 21, 2014. Tevya is joining me for breakfast this morning. He recently learned that a provision was attached to Obamacare that will have the "food police" monitoring the pizza business. Please join us for a breakfast pizza and a glass of ale. Tevya wants to share what he has learned.

Hello, my beloved human family. James Madison who believed that the ultimate authority resides in the people alone would be very dismayed to witness just how far the long, intrusive arm of government has extended itself into your lives. With all the problems facing your nation, your Congress and the FDA has seen fit to make pizza a really big priority. They have proposed regulations that would require pizza places to post disclosures about the pizza you are enjoying.


Transparency in Pizza

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How Much!

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Your Pizza or Your Life!

The food police want all establishments that sell pizza to post calorie content. That, my dear friend, is almost an impossible task. Given the fact that there must be 400 million varieties of pizza, the regulations would be impossible to follow. Then, of course, because this is the government we are talking about, complying with this regulation will also be costly. I have no idea how much it costs to determine calorie count, but it must be more than the price of an anchovy! Then the pizza establishments would have to invest in new menus in order to make all this insane information available to a public that could care less. I don't believe I am going out on a limb when I suggest that pizza lovers do not want to be reminded of calorie counts when they are biting into a cheesy delicious bit of heaven. Papa John's among other pizza chains are in for a rude awakening. Big Brother now has a seat at the table.

If you are wondering how this idea came about you can thank Democrats in the Senate. Among those wanting this regulation was Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa. His explanation made me want to sting somebody. "The individual and societal costs of poor nutrition and diet-related chronic disease compel us to take concrete steps to fashion a society in which the healthy choice is the easy choice." I respectfully suggest to Sen. Harkin that he and his fellow meddlers could do much to promote a healthier society by resigning and staying out of your business!



Hands Up..Pizza Down!

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And This is Just the Beginning..

As with everything big government tries to do, this trend will evolve until a food policeman will be inspecting your dinners each evening. In this humble bug's opinion, I would think your government has bigger fish to fry, pun intended. How about keeping the e-coli out of the food chain? How about keeping government out of your god given right to eat what you want?

Where Do You Stand?

Do you appreciate the government's efforts to regulate your food choices?

  • Yes, anything the federal government can do to keep us slender and healthy is great.
  • No, I am perfectly capable of deciding what's right for me and I resent the intrusion.
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Dear God, you made so many Democrats

It's no shame to be a Democrat

But it's no great honor either!


Tevya.....

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taxlarry 2 years ago

Tevya, on one hadn,it is good to eat healthy. But onthe other hand, I ant to eat what I want. The government should sstart a tradition by getting out of our lives and shut up. Tradition!!!


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Tevya,

On the same topic I was just reading an article by some loony lefty decrying the fact that Americans are eating more and more bacon despite the health warnings associated with it. I think the "normal" people are telling the butinskis we would rather die an early death than submit to your interference.


Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: I guess the Senator from Iowa is unaware tht pizza is a complete food, using all the food groups. It is healthy, if you make it that way.

A little pepperoni is not the end of the world. However, what does a mid-westerner know of good pizza? I think I will write to him and let him know what I think of his bill. Tevya: you sting him, and I will do the same with words. Off to the Inn. See you all there.....


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Stupid...stupid....stupid. Harkin is correct...."The healthy choice IS the easy choice." We choose to kick these bums out. How's that for healthy?


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

If I were a rich man, ya da da da de,

I'd sign you up for a typing course

So you could type like me!

Tevya


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

Actually, recent studies show that the body can handle fats just fine. Apparently, this loon isn't keeping up with the research. Oh, wait! Why am I not surprised?..liberals don't have to read anything, they just know everything!

Tevya


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Pino,

If you were a bug I think we would make a fine pair. I'm in...you write and I'll sting. See you at the Inn.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Now that government has made itself responsible for our health, they will also grant themselves the authority to enforce it by making sure we eat according to their notion of what is good for us.

Big changes are coming. If we are overweight, if we smoke, if we drink, or do any number of things Big Brother frowns upon, look for denial of health care, and fines.

We are about to lose all our freedoms to government control of our well-being. That's the real purpose behind all this.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Heaven forbid that society be smart enough to know how to eat.....or be smart enough to know that if you eat too much it is bad for you...or be smart enough to know that certain foods are fattening.....or smart enough to know that when you elect idiots into Congress this is the result. :) Keep shouting from the rooftops my friend; we need to keep raising awareness.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning fp,

I think kicking out all the idiots would be the best medicine in the world for an ailing nation. See you at the Inn. No fools allowed!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning WillStarr,

Of course, that is exactly what is going on. We'll be punished for conducting our lives in ways that don't meet with government approval. This is exactly what the government did with health plans that they deemed to be inferior. Our founding fathers would flip in their graves if they knew that government had grown so big, so ugly and so intrusive. See you at the Inn, WillStarr.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning billybuc,

Thanks for the encouragement, but the truth is that with people around who believe that Pres. Roosevelt died the other day, we are in deep trouble. Low information voters, don't read or retain anything. Reading, although still fundamental, is not required. Just look at Congress. See you at the Inn!


Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Notice Harkin's attitude towards his job....he believes he's been elected to "fashion" society. After who's ideals??? Problem is, Tevya, we probably don't have but a tiny number of politicians, either current or interested in running, that DON'T share Harkin's perspective. America as we knew it will never exist again.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Hxprof,

I believe you are right. Clearly, the handwriting is on the wall. I never thought the day would come when so many people were willing to give up their freedom in order to be "taken care of" like helpless fools. See you at the Inn. We'll watch the Olympics where winning and achieving still mean something.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Tevya - New laws such as this Pizza Law just bring us one step closer to the day we will all wear Government issued clothing and eat little packaged government meals.

This loss of freedoms is taking place while we just sit and watch it happen. Will people wake up before it is too late, or is it already to late to turn this around.

I'm glad I am old enough I most likely won't live long enough to see the final outcome of all of this insanity.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Old Poolman,

Many people just yawn when and if they hear about theses things. Only when they are sitting in their government controlled apartments with their government issued bleak light bulbs over their heads will they wonder how it all happened. I hope you and I and our loved ones will be in Costa Rica!


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Costa Rica may be where we have to go to live out our lives in freedom.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

I'm in!!!!


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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

Really now. They better stay the hell out of my kitchen! I like my pizza just the way it is and could care less what the idiots in Washington DC think. They need to care what we think In November and it seems the whole pack of them up for reelection are running scared.

TFP


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Frog Prince,

I hope they all run the hell out of Washington and out of my business!


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Springboard 2 years ago from Wisconsin

I've always thought this whole "calorie disclosure" thing as a whole is simply a waste of time. It's a no-brainer to me really. I can figure out on my own that a piece of lettuce will have fewer calories than a greasy hamburger laden with sauces. And I'd have to be a moron to not understand that a pizza will also be laden with calories. With so many other important things plaguing the nation, the government—particularly the dems—always see fit to focus on stuff that doesn't matter, and stuff that hurts what really needs attention...like say, getting this damned economy moving forward.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Springboard,

This is exactly the way bloated bureaucracy works. I have witnessed this obsession with ridiculous non-issue my entire life. It's a useful method for avoiding the really important issues. School systems pull this kind of garbage all the time. The Obama administration is not on our side when it comes to anything. I honestly believe that he is hell bent on bringing us to our knees at the feet of big bad government. He is fulfilling the dreams of his father and his other communist mentors.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Have you looked at school pizza lately? Government got a hold of it and it looks and tastes like cardboard. But it is within the government guidelines.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning tirelesstraveler,

Apparently this government is channeling the Chinese who routinely pass off actual cardboard as food!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I do apprepciate the food guidelines the government provides but I don't want them to monitor my foods and prevent me from eating them. Pizza, if made correctly and eaten in moderation, is one of the most healthy food choices one can provide family.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear teaches,

Personally, I don't think the food standards supplied by the government are up to date. For a country fixated on low-fat foods we are just getting fatter. Low-fat choices have a lot of sugar and sugar is the culprit. Having said that, I don't want the government on my plate! See you at the Inn later where we can eat whatever we please!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

Some new FDA rules that are coming are helpful, but I have to agree with you, many are silly, intrusive, and costly.

I recently read about the new changes to labeling that needs to be clearer with the amount of sodium in a container. Until now manufactures have played games which mislead the public by specifying, not by the total quantity, but by the individual portions. And then as a separate item they list how many portions are in a can. I always have to do extra calculations to get to the truth.

Okay, so that's one of the good things... Better labeling.

But the thing about insisting that restaurants and pizza places need to list calorie counts is absolutely ridiculous. There's no way they can calculate accurately as you had explained. And the cost of doing this will run many places out of business. Just another way that Obama is increasing the unemployment rate, contrary to what he claims.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Who really cares how many calories are in a Pizza? There are times many of us get a pizza craving and nothing else will do. Most of the foods I really like are now not good for us to eat. I'm surprised I have lived to be in my mid 70's based on the studies listing forbidden foods these days. My solution is simple. If I like it I eat it and never read the labels.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Glenn,

Thanks so much for coming to breakfast. I agree, we do need regulation, but we have crossed a line with this administration. Enforcing impossible regulations hurts business. The last thing we need now is impeding the growth of business any more than it has been. See you at the Inn. It exists only in our minds, but it is a great place to gather because common sense still prevails.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

You are wise beyond your years. I just read another study that says that fat is great, so chow down on those burgers and enjoy! See you at the Inn.

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