There is an epidemic of gun violence in America. That is not even debatable. And there have been a multitude of solutions offered over time.
Most recently the President of the United States, the NRA and many members of Congress have offered the latest solution. Arm teachers. More armed guards. More guns. And more guns. And more guns.
A creative and exceptionally innovative solution to the problem of gun violence. More guns. So, I said to myself, why stop there. Maybe we can apply that same “reasoning” and “logic” to the many other problems we face. Let’s try.
Obesity is a major problem in the US. Anyone who has ever traveled to Italy or France or Spain immediately notices that there aren’t so many obese folks walking around. It could be limited to urban areas, perhaps. But, at least in my experience, folks in those countries as a rule, seem not so chunky as Americans. I , myself, have done my patriotic duty by increasing my body mass significantly over the last 50 years or so. A proud American. A BIG proud American.
What is a reasonable solution to the health issues caused by obesity? Well, former First Lady Michelle Obama started a healthy eating program to encourage kids to develop good eating habits at a young age. She was vilified by the right wing extremists for that. Big government interfering with the proper parental role. Then Sarah Palin showed up at an elementary school with cookies for kids. She passed them out. She didn’t bother to ask parents if they wanted their kids to eat cookies or perhaps had allergy issues. The right wing applauded. More cookies. More cookies. More cookies.
So, a reasonable solution to the obesity problem is more donuts. More junk food. Less fruits and vegetables. The problem of obesity can be solved by increasing the availabilty of junk food. Yepper.
Drunk driving kills thousands of Americans each year. Currently we have DUI laws and put folks in prison for that. Take away licenses for driving drunk. But that has not solved the problem.
What we need is more and better access to booze while on the road. Every gas station should have a liquor license. Every driver should be given a free beer with a fill up. End DWI laws and impose DWS laws (Driving While Sober). Pull over anyone who is not weaving side to side at 50 MPH in a school zone. Fine em. Drink or don’t drive. The obvious solution to drunk driving is more access to alcohol by automobile operators. Yepper.
The opioid epidemic. Killing thousands every year. These opioids, many prescribed legally, have wreaked havoc on families and individuals. They have destroyed families. They are agents of death. So, what is the solution?
Easy. We need complete and total access to opioids . No prescription necessary. Over the counter. At the supermarket. The drug store. In our schools. Free opioids with every order of fries at Mc Donald’s. (Solving two problems at once) The only way to stop the madness is total access to opioids. The more the better. Every teacher should be armed with opioids in case of an emergency. The emergency being that Billy forgot his opioids today. Yepper.
We could go on and on. But the message is clear.
The best way to solve a problem, according to our current leadership, is to make it even bigger.
Which reminds me, where are those donuts?
3 responses to “More Donuts, Please”
Didn’t Donald Rumsfeld maintain that one might solve a small problem by making it bigger?
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Rummys said it. I think it is also ascribed to Ike Eisenhower as well. I am not sure if they meant making it bigger means people may notice it? At any rate, the gun problem is plenty big already !
A quote like that is attributed to Ike, but I can’t find a reference to when he wrote or said it. It may be a false story. If Ike did say something like that, I think it was with an eye to taking a broad view. In Rumsfeld’s case, I thought he meant if the invasion of Iraq was a problem we should make it bigger by invading Iran.
One general who reportedly favored making a small problem bigger was MacArthur who proposed to solve a problem–the division of Korea–by making nuclear war with China. President Trump may have that kind of folly in mind as well.
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