Monday, August 22, 2016

Think of the children


Lately, in the local health and fitness scene I've seen a huge push for the "Healthy Boulder Kids" initiative. Of course we want our kids to be healthy, but do you know what this initiative is? It's actually an Orwellian-named soda tax. Don't fall for the marketing, this is all about expanding government's reach into our lives and one more way for them to control us and collect some revenue.

Yes, sugar is evil. I'm on record saying that many times. Don't eat sugar. Just about every malady that comes along has its roots in tasty, tasty sugar. Drinking sugar is even worse, you body doesn't even get a chance to prep for it while you chew. Don't drink sugar. That's on my list of advice for anyone no matter what their goals are. We even got into a fight with Amy's obstetrician about the oral glucose tolerance test. You know what else we shouldn't do with sugar? Tax it!

What happens when the helpful nanny-staters decide that fat is bad for you and decide to tax that? What happens when the vegetarians get a meat tax passed? Do you really want the government to be deciding what you should eat? I have written here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here about how poorly done, or blatantly fraudulent science and government power grabs have been used since the 1970's to ruin the health of the country. I happen to think they got it right this time, sugar is bad. But do you think they'll stop if you give them the power to tax some of your food because of current political winds?

The tax is even on "added sugar" because that's means we can tax the evil sugary drinks, but not the elite Whole Foods-sold fancy fruit juices. But guess what? Biochemistry doesn't care, it's all sugar to your body, it's all driving Type-II diabetes, it's all driving the metabolic syndromes we all worry about, it's all driving cancer. But only the evil soda gets taxed.

Where does the money go? Of course it goes to Boulder schools to help "educate" the kids on what healthy eating is. That just means more administrators get hired, more administrative fees get tacked on to tracking the money. More government gets created.

I will say it again: you can never attack a big evil corporate problem with a bigger, stupider government solution. Do you know who the CSPI is? They're the ones that hosted protests and lawsuits to get McDonalds to remove the beef tallow and lard from their french fries in the late '80s with the recommendation (demands) to replace it with hearth-healthy trans-fats.  Do you know what the CSPI has been doing lately? Protesting and suing to get McDonalds to remove the evil artery-clogging trans-fats from their french fries. Same people. The ones that thought they were smarter than you and trying to save you from yourself then are doing the same thing now, trying to address the aftermath of their first round! A sugar tax is the same thing. A group of elites think they know what's best for you.

I get it, we all want our kids to be healthy. I want my kids to be healthy. You know what I do? I don't feed them sugar. I don't need the government taxing my food to raise revenue from my "bad" decisions. And then what happens when the tax works and people stop buying sugar? How are they going to fund their programs once the tax dollars start going away? Colorado ran into this a few years ago with the tobacco tax. People actually quit smoking, and there were significant budget shortfalls. Of course, the government never gives up revenue and they had to find a new source. The hardest thing to get rid of is a temporary government program.

Don't fall for this new tax this year. This is not about healthy kids, this is about more government control in your life. Those that you see touting the Health Boulder Kids initiative this year, either don't understand it, or like the idea of using the force of the government to do their bidding. Either way - it's bad.

Our solution

You guys who know me, know that I always rant about the evils of the government and how the market should be the one to solve the problems. Well, it's time to put my money where my mouth is. Instead of supporting this regressive tax on food in the guise of making people healthy, support real education and exercise.

Amy and I have always wanted to have the Barbell Strategy Fund which would give scholarships to the gym to help people who cannot afford our rates (I hate that we have to charge as much as we do, but personal attention costs a lot in time and rent!). So if you actually want to make a difference in someone's life, you can have a direct effect on an individual with no bureaucratic overhead. Make a donation to our scholarship fund, and we'll match all donations and give away free memberships to the gym to people who normally couldn't afford it. We'll keep government out of it.




Workout

snatch push press 5x3
2 pull-ups between sets

then

15 rounds, start light, add weight as needed
3 reps of the kettlebell complex
1-arm swing left
clean left
front squat left
snatch left
1-arm swing right
clean right
front squat right
snatch right




Endurance Option

snatch push press 5x3
2 pull-ups between sets

then/or

15 rounds, start light, add weight as needed, stay below AeroMAX
3 reps of the kettlebell complex
1-arm swing left
clean left
front squat left
snatch left
1-arm swing right
clean right
front squat right
snatch right



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