Monday, January 31, 2005


Obese Lawmaker Does Not Blame McDonalds

N.D. Weighs Who's to Blame for Obesity North Dakota lawmakers are taking on the people who blame the fast food industry for their obesity. They are also taking on the trial lawyers who are also to blame for the lawsuits that claim the crafty advertisements of Burger King and McDonalds overpowers one's self discipline and personal responsibility.
"We cannot, and we should not, hold Burger King, McDonald's .... and Taco Bell, restaurants that serve food that people like to eat, responsible," said Rep. Ron Iverson, R-Fargo. "The reason I'm fat is because I make bad food choices, and I don't exercise."

"We need to have personal responsibility for our actions, and we don't want to create an environment in North Dakota where people are suing others for their own actions," he said.

Iverson said restaurants "do not force me to pay for their product, and they do not force me to eat it. I do that."

Hallelujah!!!! Sure that is not the politically correct thing to say but it's so true. In college, thanks to a steady diet of burgers, burritos, beer and the couch, I topped out at 220 pounds. Since then, I have dropped back to a more respectable 180. I never for one instant tried to blame the Student Union (Louieā€™s Lower Level being the biggest culprit), or any of the all night fast food restaurants for my obesity. Certainly Ronald McDonald had no influence on my lack of any activity which might cause an elevated heart rate.

Let's not forget about our friends the trial lawyers. Now before you jump all over me for attacking an entire group for a complete lack of morals, just ask yourself - of the "good" lawyers you know, how many of them are fighting, or at least outspoken against their rotten colleagues. Anyway, no good "blame everybody else first" lawsuit gets underway without the help of our friends, the trial lawyers. And they see the writing on the wall when legislators try to curb their business:
Paula Grosinger, director of the North Dakota Trial Lawyers' Association, called the legislation a knee-jerk reaction to a New York lawsuit that was later dismissed. The legislation would give the food industry legal protection that other industries do not have, Grosinger said.

Apparently, Grosinger has not read the news that the McDonalds case has been re-opened. She followed with this gem:
"Our juries are capable of making these decisions about the merits of a case," Grosinger said.

Oh sure, trust the juries. No jury have every made a crazy verdict - well maybe that 2.7 million dollars for hot coffee - but none since, right? Wrong - it happens all the time!

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