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The Coca-Cola company wants you to know that if you drink Cokes, amazingly wonderful things will happen for you. Pepsico wants you to know the same thing, but assures you that it has to be Pepsi. And both of these companies want you to know what really great guys they are, so they promote STEM learning and women’s empowerment and other good causes. These companies and their lobbying organization, the American Beverage Association, care deeply about your health, so much so that from 2011 – 2015 they contributed to at least 96 health organizations. That sure makes them look like great guys. And they’re pretty good at making themselves look blameless for anything other than good times, too.
According to a report released by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, while those companies were doing their supporting of good causes, they were spending $10 million per year lobbying to defeat legislation – 29 bills – designed to curb the sugar consumption that comes from the soft drinks we consume, the very stuff that is responsible for about half of the obesity in America.
Let’s see . . . they make it look like they care about you and your health and then make sure that their advertising skewers you with implied promises that you’ll be lovely and be loved, that you’ll be forever young and beautiful and that life will be a joy, if only you’ll drink their bottles of sugar water. And they put their money into making sure that they maintain their God-given right to ensure there is never any legislation that would allow you to know the actual, fact-based truth. Sorry, but more sugar will not make your life eternally wonderful. It will just make you fat.
In case you’re the kind of person who thinks that we really do have a fat problem in America and you believe that we ought to do something about it besides imagine that people will somehow magically and consistently make nothing but good choices for themselves, in case you think that product labeling of the things you consume is a good thing, in case you want government that works for the people, the truth is that
YOU AREN’T GETTING WHAT YOU WANT!
And you can trace that to our pay-for-play system of government that allows $10 million per year to prevent you from knowing what you’re consuming and what it does to you. If you want to start getting what you want, you better stop voting for people who like things the way they are. You better start electing reformers.
Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.
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