Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Let's Compare!


We have alarming levels of heart disease, diabetes, childhood obesity--and all of these maladies are on the rise. Now, I won't stand here and lecture--for very long--but health care reform on an individual basis is often just this simple: we could save a lot of money, and a lot of grief, by making smarter choices.
It starts by ending destructive habits, and beginning healthy habits in eating and exercise. In my case, it's hard to slack when you have the ever-present example of an Iron Dogger nearby. But many of us could use a little more time in our great outdoors--and when you live in the Great Land, there's no excuse.
Protecting good health is largely a matter of personal responsibility, but government policy can help. Our new Alaska Health Care Commission will recommend changes that affect the well-being of Alaskans far into the future.
The emphasis is mine. The words are Sarah Palin's in her State of the State Address in 2009 -- two days after Michelle Obama became First Lady and 18 days before the First Lady launched her "Let's Move" initiative to accomplish the same things Sarah Palin laid out in her plans and speech. Sarah Palin quit her job about 5 1/2 months later, whereas Michelle Obama is still working her butt off to accomplish these goals.

What does the First Lady force on Americans through her "Let's Move" initiative?
Helpful tips and step-by-step strategies for families, schools and communities to help kids be more active, eat better and grow up healthy.
How does Sarah Palin interpret that?
"And I know I'm going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track."
Considering the "Let's Move" agenda sounds just like Palin's agenda as governor, the question is, why she isn't claiming the First Lady stole the plan from her, just as Palin claimed Obama stole the "Change" messaging from her?


vic c said...

She isn't making such a claim because she is unaware that 'she' said those things. I have long believed that she just signed whatever policy her minions told her would help her position herself whether she believed in them or not. For their part, the minions tried to couch these policies in believable scenarios that they thought reflected her life. The things she believes in are easily remembered and stated with great repetition and vigour ad nauseum(big government, our troops, faith/God,no tax for the rich = job creation). Except for snark, she can't handle more than this. I don't understand why you are crediting her with reasoning (measured) abilities at this stage? ;)

jhw22 said...

Holy cow, I just got THIS in my Facebook feed:

Looks like Media Matters and I are on the same page at the same time. Too damn cool.

And Vic, my one flaw is always expecting reasonable behavior. ;)