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Joe Joins The Food Police
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 08/31/2010 6:42:12 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

If Ron Paul were dead, he'd be turning over in his grave . . .

Joe Scarborough casts himself as a conservative with a libertarian bent. Earlier this year, he listed Ron Paul as one of the people he admires, because of Texan's devotion to "championing less government." But at least when it comes to counting calories, Joe has volunteered for the ranks of Mika's Nanny State Food Police.

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough declared that he favors forcing all restaurants to put calorie counts on their menus. Joe was responding to Mika's report that, under the umbrella of ObamaCare, many restaurants will be required to disclose calories.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: food; joescarborough; libertarianism; mikabrzezinski

1 posted on 08/31/2010 6:42:21 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Scarborough wants government to force restaurants to disclose calories; admits libertarian streak was a sham. Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 08/31/2010 6:43:47 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yes, Joe, this is the biggest problem facing America today. We need to know if that Death By Chocolate dessert has a lot of calories. We can’t figure it out by ourselves. The man gets dumber every day, probably because he sits next to Mika.


3 posted on 08/31/2010 6:45:48 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (Proud Infidel)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I was under the impression Joe was conservative, but then I watched his show. It completely did away with any ideas I had that he was conservative. He really just seems to be in love with Mika and wants her approval.


4 posted on 08/31/2010 6:48:15 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

To use a phrase my husband knows better to say “Looks like she’s PMS’ing.” (although a cruder term).

She always looks like that. She reminds me of what my mother looked like before she entered what we would affectionately call her Sunday Morning Bitch. Like clockwork, never failed. We all knew to make ourselves scarce.


5 posted on 08/31/2010 6:48:34 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Forget the calories and splurge a little, you can count calories at home. How about telling us what is actually in the food they serve, like MSG etc. Don’t make us beg for the info and then lie about it expecting that we won’t know. (we will know!)


6 posted on 08/31/2010 6:48:42 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ilovesarah2012

“We need to know if that Death By Chocolate dessert has a lot of calories. We can’t figure it out by ourselves.”

Perfect!!


7 posted on 08/31/2010 6:49:00 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I have been watching Joe’s left turn on many isues over the last few months and am convinced that either 1.MSNBC has told him to “tow the party line or 2. He is “banging” Mika and his brain has dropped about 3 1/2 feet.


8 posted on 08/31/2010 6:50:36 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
I think Joe believes he is conservative. I also think he has a strong desire to be liked by the media establishment. That makes him appear completely disassociated; he has gone on some fine conservative rants, and has also displayed an alarming affinity for embracing liberal pronouncements on the evils of certain conservative ideals. He's a hot mess.
9 posted on 08/31/2010 6:55:27 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

“Morning Joe” should be required to put up a warning label screen crawl every day, too.


10 posted on 08/31/2010 6:56:08 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I don’t see the problem with the calorie information. It’s no different then the nutritional information on the label of a can of soup.

The people who want to know can choose to read the label and decide if this substance should be permitted into their digestive track. And people like me who don’t care just buy what we like. Everybody is covered.


11 posted on 08/31/2010 6:59:05 AM PDT by tlb
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Scarborough declared that he favors forcing all restaurants to put calorie counts on their menus"

What will this accomplish? For a decade foods you buy at the store have listed the calorie and fat counts on the package and people (we are told) have gotten more obese during that period. So what would this accomplish except put a lot of resturant workers out of a job?

12 posted on 08/31/2010 7:02:17 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: tlb

The government that governs least, governs best. It is not the role of the government to impose the additional burden and expense on businesses, that will ultimately be borne by consumers, to comply with some politician’s whim about what people need to know.

The free market will deal with the situation very nicely without need for government interference. If there’s demand for this kind of information then restaurants, pursuing their enlightened self-interest, will provide it.


13 posted on 08/31/2010 7:03:48 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“I have been watching Joe’s left turn on many isues over the last few months and am convinced that either 1.MSNBC has told him to “tow the party line or 2. He is “banging” Mika and his brain has dropped about 3 1/2 feet.”

Couldn’t agree more. Joe has moved decidedly left, it’s obvious to anyone who tunes in from time to time. But you forgot option 3 - Both of the above.


14 posted on 08/31/2010 7:11:43 AM PDT by brownsfan (Revolution.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wouldn’t it be simpler to require resturants not to serve fat people? Or maybe allow fat people only bread and water. Shoosh, if you are fat, you know it. No need bossing a bunch of resturant workers around pretending that you actually watch calories. Put a muzzle on the fatties and they will soon slim down.


15 posted on 08/31/2010 7:15:11 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Joe is a punk, always has been. Anybody with a dead female intern on his rap sheet and a very close relationship with that other punk, Gary Condit, [Holy Cow, another dead intern!] is a punk with issues and a rhinestone collar to boot. Of course he will do as he is told - what else can he do? What network carries him? Who in blazes watches him?


16 posted on 08/31/2010 7:17:29 AM PDT by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: ilovesarah2012

And the real truth is, if people care about calorie counts it’s SO easy to look up these days. You can carry a book, you can buy a little gizmo or you can even use your fancy phone. If people want to know, they can easily find the answer. And if a restaurant doesn’t list it’s calorie counts somewhere, and it matters to you, don’t eat there.


17 posted on 08/31/2010 7:26:02 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea

“if a restaurant doesn’t list its calorie counts somewhere, and it matters to you, don’t eat there.”

Precisely: free choice and the free market work.


18 posted on 08/31/2010 7:28:56 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Ditter

I don’t eat wheat anymore, and I’ve found most places are very helpful. I’ve even found many are starting to note menu items without gluten and Carrabbas even has a separate gluten free menu. Most places WANT to make their customers happy, and as more people ask for things they are doing it on their own. Big Daddy govt doesn’t have to make rules and force them.


19 posted on 08/31/2010 7:30:24 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: tlb

The problem is not the information, I actually like having it there. The problem is the government deciding it MUST be there. Consumers will buy things that suit them. If most people want or need that info and will only buy products with it, the companies will put it there.


20 posted on 08/31/2010 7:32:44 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

You said it better than I did. Thank you.


21 posted on 08/31/2010 7:33:53 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"I simply turn on the Golden EIB Microphone and share my honest passions and beliefs with people.
And they're free to go elsewhere.
They're free to ignore; they're free to believe; they're free to be entertained, I don't care.
They're free to do whatever they want.
But a lot of people aren't free to smoke cigarettes where they want;
they're not free to drink where they want;
they're not free to eat the kind of food they want to eat;
they're not free to eat trans fats;
they're not free to drive certain places.
Pretty soon we're going to be told what kind of cars we have to drive.
I can't cause that.
I can't restrict anybody's freedom.
We've elected a guy who can, does, and wants to, all under the guise of saving us.
So I appreciate the effort, and I appreciate somewhat losing my temper here.
But don't compare me ever to an authoritarian who thinks so little of people that without him they can barely breathe on their own.
Don't ever do that."

LEARN IT, LOVE IT, LIVE IT!

If one cannot understand Rush's words above, then one does not truly understand FREEDOM!


22 posted on 08/31/2010 7:35:12 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The government seems to detest the idea of free markets. They refuse to let them work, they meddle and tinker and then complain that free markets don’t work.


23 posted on 08/31/2010 7:35:55 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea
Carrabba’s is a great restaurant! I know Rose Carrabba personally. She is very open about what goes in their food but some places are not.
24 posted on 08/31/2010 7:46:52 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

We don’t need more laws demanding that businesses protect stupid people from themselves.

If anything, we need some laws protecting businesses from stupid people.

Most especially, from stupid people at the highest l;evels of government.


25 posted on 08/31/2010 7:46:52 AM PDT by Iron Munro (I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take any more beatings.)
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To: tlb

Another example of how little the government understands business. This requirement adds cost to an industry that has very low margins. The restauraunt owner has to have his meal items tested for calorie content, then he has to have menus printed and wall posters hung as well as factor in other costs such as standardization of meal portions. Then there is the administrative effort to comply.

The upshot of it all will be fewer choices for consumers, less innovation as they stick with standard meal items longer as to avoid the associated costs of new meal combination testing and printing costs, lower sales and lower margins. This will ultimately impact jobs.


26 posted on 08/31/2010 7:52:07 AM PDT by Dogfaced Soldier
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
RUSH:  Ladies and gentlemen, we now have in New York City -- dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut! -- CAFE standards for cafes!

WCBS-TV Channel 2 in New York is reporting that the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has declared a "War on Salt."

New York City Mayor Bloomberg has called "on US manufacturers to reduce the salt content until it results in a 50% reduction in salt in ten years."

Now, the subhead here is:  "Citizens revolt, claim New York City is turning into a Nanny State."

See, at some point these liberals will overreach, even with their own supporters and minions.

First it was what?  Trans fat?  No, it was smoking, and then trans fats and all these others things.

So yeah, total Nanny State in New York City.

27 posted on 08/31/2010 8:09:53 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Ditter

I do love Carrabbas! Well, I just don’t go to places if I can’t figure out what they put in the food. Of course, I try to cook at home as often as possible (which is way too often!).


28 posted on 08/31/2010 8:34:03 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I believe “calorie counts” are good on mass marketed food items sold in interstate commerce. I use them myself for checking the sodium content, due to a family history of heart and blood pressure issues.

However, I don't look for them or expect them, or want the law to mandate them for my local merchants ,whether they be restaurants, bakeries or delicatessens.

It is enough that my regular shopping for food for home makes me a better informed consumer, which provides all I need to judge food purchases I make from local vendors, and to accept the limitations that come with it; preferring to error on the side of Liberty than the nanny state.

Liberty is for protecting ALL my rights, the nanny state is for protecting me from myself.

29 posted on 08/31/2010 2:42:10 PM PDT by Wuli
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