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|User Info||Obama Lies -- This Has To Stop (Medical Care); entered at 2012-02-28 16:43:31|
Registered: 2011-08-25 England
I get to spy in your bedroom, your car, your office and your lifestyle and dictate how you live.
I don't know if you had the situation outside the US in mind when you wrote this, Karl, but in England this is the way it is going. Just about anything can be and is justified based on the "strain on public services". On the count of cars, that is literally how it is; it is against the law to smoke in a vehicle which is being used for work purposes, even if that's my courier friend riding around in a van alone or with another smoker.
When you think about it, it's logically impeccable: if you're going to take healthcare at the expense of "society" then "society" gets to have a say in how you live. Impeccable, until you step back and say "holy ****, they actually want to ban people from smoking in their own cars (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-1574435....) and deny the poor the right to get hammered (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/f....) and even 'nudge' us into eating less salt by taking salt shakers off the counter (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/articl....)". Those are just three things off the top of my head from the last year or so; watch the BBC for a bit and the pressure to randomly **** with our lives because of how much it costs everyone else is constant and deafening, it's background noise that nobody even notices now, other than a few cranky Daily Mail types. They've even stolen and repurposed our vocabulary for complaining about it; "nanny state" is framed as the reactionary bleating of those standing in the way of Progress.
Thinking about this makes me despair. :/