First They Came for the Happy Meals

First They Came for the Happy Meals

First They Came for the Happy Meals

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
April 27 2010 3:41 PM

First They Came for the Happy Meals

C’mon, KJ . You don’t like the proposed Happy Meal law? I think it is a wonderful example of the way in which our helpful government can "encourage" us to make more responsible choices. Just think of the possibilities: We could have a law that says you can purchase ice cream at the grocery store only if you’ve filled your cart with a requisite amount of organic produce. If you’re at Target, you’d better not try to pick up a video game for the kids unless you’ve also purchased two books (for the sake of argument, we’ll ignore the fact that Target has a crappy book selection) and some athletic equipment. And once the government has taken over our restaurant choices and retail habits, the only thing left is our in-home behavior. Why not program televisions to turn off automatically if there’s too much Cartoon Network and not enough National Geographic? Or maybe couches can include springs that automatically bounce you out of your reclining position if you sit for too long. There must be some helpful behavioral modifications I’m missing ...

Rachael Larimore is the online managing editor of the Weekly Standard and a former Slate senior editor.