An official promoting breast feeding? Nanny state

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    Feb 18, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    from the ex-governor who shall remain unnamed until 3/1/2011, circa October 2007 "Breastfeeding Awareness Month"WHEREAS, throughout their lives, breastfeeding can offer children protection against serious health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Breastfeeding also saves lives by reducing the incidence of life-threatening cancers in women and preventing premature death in infants.

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    WHEREAS, government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality.


    From BachmannFor them, government is the answer to every problem. To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition.


    I think the FLOTUS should next denounce smoking, suntanning, child molestation, and yes, suicides.
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    Feb 18, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    I don't understand this. First, why must an ex-governor be unnamed until March 1, 2011, for making a 2007 proclamation in support of "Breastfeeding Awareness Month"?

    And it's just a few encouraging "whereas-es" like all these awareness things are, more PR than action. Does this represent actual legislation that was proposed in a State? If so, that's done by a Legislator in a legislative body anyway, not by a Governor.

    As for the lunatic Bachmann, if you mean the one from Minnesota, where did buying breast pumps get mentioned in this truncated quote? Are these 2 issues connected? Or is she perhaps referring to some provision in the new national health care act she so vehemently hates?

    If so, maybe she'd like to deny Medicare assistance to acquire things like breathing apparatus and wheelchairs, that you see advertised on TV a lot. I'll bet her elderly retired constituents and families who will have to care for them would just love that.

    "Awareness" regarding breastfeeding has typically meant educating expectant women, mostly though their health care providers and in pre-natal classes they may be taking. And in some cases, creating greater community acceptance for women being allowed to nurse in public without being ostracized. Plus increasingly, special private rooms provided for that purpose, especially in shopping malls, airports, and other public places.

    And finally, what's First Lady Obama got to do with this. You go from an ex-Governor (Pawlenty?) making a positive proclamation on breastfeeding, to the First Lady denouncing suntanning? I really don't get the focus of this. You & what are you for or against? Can you summarize your point(s)?
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    Feb 18, 2011 2:39 PM GMT
    Sigh, here's the expanded version:

    Some ex-governor (who is under a ban of being obsessed by a certain Washington Post opinion writer) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/20/AR2011012004349.html is making fun of the FLOTUS for promoting breast feeding. Mediamatters (from which the OP was taken) finds that same ex-governor has promoted in governmental verbiage the same practice, probably/hopefully with the same good intent.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201102170043WHEREAS, breastfeeding is recognized as an unequalled means of providing food for infants.

    WHEREAS, throughout their lives, breastfeeding can offer children protection against serious health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Breastfeeding also saves lives by reducing the incidence of life-threatening cancers in women and preventing premature death in infants.

    WHEREAS, breastfeeding forms the most basic bond between mother and baby and is a foundation for lifelong health and wellness.

    WHEREAS, government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality.

    WHEREAS, during October, organizations throughout our state will promote the importance of breastfeeding. This year, in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week - October 1 through October 7 - the State of Alaska will support networks that encourage and promote breastfeeding in all communities.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim October 2007 as:

    Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    in Alaska, and encourage all residents to recognize and support the important contributions breastfeeding makes in improving the quality of life for all Alaskans.


    In the same party to which said ex-governor is the titular (if not official) standard bearer, another luminary has denounced such health promotion as befitting of a nanny state, namely Alaska.

    Hence the suggestion that the FLOTUS should next promote anti-suicide measures, to be similarly denounced by the Tea Party (who then hopefully will unhypocritically promote the opposite amongst its followers). icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 18, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    The corollary to this, of course, is that if the FLOTUS was really trying to make people do what she says, she should suggest the opposite. Same thing for the POTUS.
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    Feb 18, 2011 5:05 PM GMT
    A classic case of extreme hypocrisy, as well as a classic case of flip-flopping for partisan political purposes.
    Don't these right-wingers realize that we have a record of what they've said and done in the past?
    Don't they have any principles at all?
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    Feb 18, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    rickrick91 saidA classic case of extreme hypocrisy, as well as a classic case of flip-flopping for partisan political purposes.
    Don't these right-wingers realize that we have a record of what they've said and done in the past?
    Don't they have any principles at all?

    First, they do not have principles, except the plastic ones they invent for themselves. Second, they also cynically realize that "records" mean nothing.

    American voters have notoriously short memories. Helped by those on the Right who deliberately confuse and distort, and actually outright lie, about the past. And many Americans buys these falsehoods hook, line & sinker.

    Just look at RJ right here, where most guys are surprisingly well-read. That doesn't stop the right-wingers here from claiming that Democrats had a super-majority in Congress a full 2 years (that claim started to be touted even when the last Congress was only 18 months old), when in truth that Dem majority only lasted a couple of months total. Or that the economic downturn was due to Democrats having just gotten a slim majority in Congress in 2007, before any legislation with immediate effect on the economy had even been passed by them yet.

    Just an example of the lies we have to deal with here from the Right on a nearly daily basis. And most of us members know the truth here -- pity the poor average American who doesn't keep all these facts in their head, all these timelines, constantly barraged with nonstop right-wing propaganda. We see it here, on a gay health & fitness site of all places, so what do think is happening elsewhere in the US?
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    Feb 18, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    To me I don't see the use in this thread but only to further remind us how ridiculous Bachman may be at times...