Last week the Illinois Senate soundly defeated a proposal to ban trans fats in foods. The bill failed by a vote of 40-13, due in part to the hard work of the doughnut caucus.
Senator Mike Jacobs lamented the loss of his old trans fat filled Oreos, which taste better than Nabisco’s, current, ostensibly more healthy version.
Not lost amid all the funny remarks was the main point- Americans should be free to choose what they want to eat. Jacobs didn’t want Illinois to become a “nanny state.”
It seems a little late for that argument. With Americans already being told by their government what they can and cannot smoke, drink, drive, snort, wear, teach, say, watch, grow, and buy, what difference can a little trans fat ban really make?
There are those (a phrase I have borrowed from our president) who are calling for a new constitutional amendment stating that “the Right of the People to ingest shall not be infringed.”
Good luck with that one.