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Friday, March 12, 2004

Will the “Cheeseburger Bill” Pass?

I’m kind of surprised that the so-called "Cheeseburger Bill" managed to pass the House. I hope that it makes it through the Senate.

I may sound overdramatic when I say that I believe that this is one of our most important bills in recent memory. The country is in the midst of a personal responsibility crisis that threatens our economic system at its core. If we cannot hold consumers responsible for not being obese, then just what can we hold them responsible for? What about drinking responsibly? Driving safely? Using painkillers responsibly? Not watching too much TV? Not playing too many video games? Not staying up late and oversleeping the next morning?

This bill is an important start, but it doesn’t go far enough. Congress needs a law that exonerates all companies from the self-destructive behavior of their consumers. It's sad that it actually came to this. The fact that we need this kind of bill speaks loudly about how much damage Trial Lawyers have already done.

If Senate Democrats defeat this, then Republicans need to make it the #2 campaign issue, behind foreign policy.

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