Protectionism Makes You Fat
04 January 2008| Protectionism Makes You Fat
And how free trade can help you lose the weight, without diet or exercise
The single greatest predictor of obesity in America is…(drum roll, please)…a person’s wealth. And no, the correlation isn’t positive. Throughout history, the poor have been those calorie starved individuals teetering between life and death. For a period of time, roundness was considered to be a sign of a person’s wealth and status. Today, those with the least amount of money to spend on food are those most likely to be overweight. In modern times, if one is eating on a budget, the most rational economic approach is to eat badly and, subsequently, get fat. How is it that these traditional notions have been turned on their head? Good old Uncle Sam.
The high-minded officials of the federal government like to fancy themselves as helping the tired, poor, huddled masses to breathe free, but too often failed government policies have the exact opposite effect. It is no secret that the government has continued to subsidize the largely bloated and inefficient farming industry. But where are these subsidies going? Who are they helping? And perhaps most importantly, who are they hurting?