2012-06-22 / Letters

The Obesity Fallacy

Dear Editor,

Regarding Mr. Solomon’s column of June 8th, referring to an “obesity fallacy” is merely begging the question, another sophist evasion. That obesity “is a form of malnutrition” is irrelevant. The fact that these “obese poor” have the economic resources to afford the diet that causes them to have health problems is proof in itself that the “plight of the poor“ in today’s United States is not driven by economics or lack of available food or resources. The problem is not with the lack of “freedom” either, except that in accepting status as government clients, the poor confine themselves to the conditions necessary to maintaining their client status. When Mr. Solomon says “we need to bus children, we need to build affordable housing, we need to further integrate American society,” he means that government should forcibly take resources from us, the taxpayers, workers and retirees and lavish them on people who are not starving, or suffering great physical degradation. We have tried all of the supposed remedies and they have worked to the extent that poor no longer go hungry or homeless. In today’s United States a great deal of the “suffering” of to-day’s urban poor is self inflicted, caused by ignorance and an unwillingness to reach out for the resources available to them. The “starving poor” can’t afford to Supersize. I agree that the fragmentation of the United States along class and racial lines is a dangerous phenomenon, and I suggest that Mr. Solomon stop fomenting it.

BOB ISRAEL

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