So here's this strange little thing I came across on the Net tonight. Not quite sure what to make of it.
It was recently announced that when President-Elect Barak Obama is sworn in later this month, one of his first official acts will be to sign legislation into law that will officially ban the sale of fast food in the United States as of March 1, 2009. Citing the growing obesity epidemic across the nation, Obama said this act, titled the Fast Food Ban Act of 2009, was a priority. I would rather not have this be amongst my first acts as president, but the health of the American public is just too important, Obama said at a press conference Monday morning. In addition to the media, several of Obama's cabinet appointees and representatives of the fast food industry were in attendance. This is a good piece of legislation, former Sen. Tim Johnson, Obama's Secretary of Health. "I'm glad to be a part of this administration." On the other side of the proposed law are the fast food companies and their owners and employees, who stand to lose their livelihoods to this bill. "It's a real shame that things have come to this, but Mr. Obama is right,? said Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Although the ban takes effect March first, operation of the affected businesses may continue until July 31 or until supplies are exhausted, enabling current employees to find new jobs. "We've had a good run," Thomas said. "A lot of good people will lose their jobs. Perhaps some of them will work for my various charities in the future." "This bill includes funding to aid in job searching and continuing education opportunities for those affected," Obama said of his bill. Again, the bill takes effect March 1 and the fast food business will end as of July 31, 2009.
It's a bit out-dated, but it does make one wonder, yes?