The difference of opinion identified below is really about government overreach.
On fat, Huckabee vs. Palin vs. Palin
Mike Huckabee came to First Lady Michelle Obama’s defense on her push for better childhood nutrition, saying “With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she’s misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do,” the former Arkansas governor said Tuesday on the “Curtis Sliwa Show.”
Palin had been critical of efforts like Let’s Move as an overreach, but it seems that in her 2009 state of the state address as governor she made a similar point:
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.
It is Huckabee that misses the point. And comparing Palin’s recent statement to her earlier article also misses the point.
While the three of them agree that healthy eating is not only good for the individual but it can save the state a lot of money due to lowering health care costs.
But the larger point here and the one Palin is making, it that we have to wean ourselves away from the nanny state and take responsibility for ourselves. Do we look to the state to manage us or do we manage ourselves.
This issue permeates a great deal of legislation. As an example, the courts recently held that Obamacare was not constitutional in that it made it mandatory that individuals buy health insurance.
Another issue lurking in the background is that of liberty. Every government mandate restricts our freedom.