This is a clearly left-leaning cartoon, but I would like to point out some areas the creator doesn't seem to get and some hypocrisies in this.
First, in a truly free nation, founded in liberty, it is no god damn business of anyone's, especially the government, if the people choose to make poor decisions about their own health. That's what liberty is, the freedom to make questionable or even bad choices, as long as it doesn't infringe on another's liberty. I'm a smoker, and I said to non-smokers decades ago, when the witch hunt on smokers started that it would just be a matter of time before it moved on to choices they make.
And this is how commies try to justify these attacks on personal choices. That it "costs" the public so much. It's divide and conquer.
And the hypocrisy here is that if there is truly any public cost to these choices, it's because of the commies that have pushed through their socialist agenda in the name of "public good."
Here's a wake call America, it's like our founder, Jefferson, said: A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. And that's what they're doing. They use the greed of those that want freebies to get the power to take away liberty.
Lastly, when did being overweight (not obese, but they are calling overweight obese) become bad and not a sign of prosperity?
settlement. State Attorneys General taking money from tobacco companies ALLEGEDLY giving it to health care providers to pay for costs of caring for "victims" of tobacco.
Tobacco companies took more money away from consumers in higher prices, turned around and gave it to the government. That was a tax not passed legally by congress collected by non-treasury department companies and distributed by people who I do not trust to people who likely were not the originally intended recipients.
I am a NON-smoker and avoid tobacco smoke as best I can but what was done to smokers and eventually to all citizens through the trickle-down effect was criminal.
If tobacco is so damn dangerous then outright ban the hell out of it, if they can't prove it dangerous enough to ban it then shut the hell up and go bother someone else.
Asshole state senator here in AR pushed a bill for requiring motorcyclists to buy additional medical insurance for when they fall off their scooters and crack their skulls. Pissed off again, I wrote a letter demanding that automobile drivers that negligently kill motorcycle riders and claim "I did not see him" be charged with vehicular homicide, fines they pay would cover hospital bills for MC rider injuries. After 10-15 years in prison their eyesight would be vastly improved.
First I was a smoker for thirty nine years and no one twisted my arm,
I really enjoyed it till I started to cough and have trouble catching my
breath I quit and seam to do better.
I don't blame the tobacco company.
I also ride motorcycles and I wear a helmet had a wreck years ago
but don't believe it should be required in a free state you should
be able to make your own choice.
problems. A few years back I had some disease, maybe flu and the smell and taste of tobacco made me sick, that's the last I smoked.
Been riding motorcycles since 1957, had one wreck, no serious injuries.
I believe tobacco is deadly poison but I don't want MY government breaking the law and grabbing our money claiming it's to cover health costs of people who poisoned themselves.
Until they hold careless cage drivers responsible for the death and injuries they cause I think their campaign to save bikers from themselves is B.S.