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Opening Arguments

INShape is INTrusive

I like the governor, but he gets on my nerves sometimes:

Gov. Mitch Daniels is urging Hoosiers to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks.

Daniels is drafting Pam Smith of Martinsville, who represented Indiana on the latest season of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," and George McGinnis, a former Indiana Pacer and chairman of the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness, to help him with the challenge.

INShape Indiana, the Governor's health initiative created 18 months ago to help Hoosiers live a healthier lifestyle, will officially launch the first 10-week/10-pound statewide weight loss challenge on January 15. A 30-second television spot, featuring Smith, McGinnis and the governor, begins airing statewide today.
I'll accept a lot from state government, even some things others might think it shouldn't be involved in. But I do not want a weight-loss cheerleader. The last time I had somebody from the government instructing me on a fitness regimen was going through the paces in Army basic training. "Hut, hut, hut. Let's keep up the PACE, Hoosiers! Drop those pounds! Come on citizen Morris, you're falling behind. What are you lower than, Morris? What's that? I can't HEAR YOU!" No thanks, Drill Sgt. Mitch.
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Bob G.
Wed, 01/10/2007 - 6:43am

OK....I'm supposed to quit smoking AND drop 10 pounds....ROFLMAO!

I guess having the government raise TAXES doesn't figure into Sgt. Mitch's "Happy Hour" plans...right?

Sarge: "Listen up...You WILL pay for that downtown project...AND that new airport tower...AND the school repairs, as well as pay for anyone AND anything this here city, county and/or private sector entities so desire, maggots...or I will rip off your head and crap down your neck...."

Oh, to be AS LUCKY to ONLY have that D.I. with us again...!

Having the fear of God put into us was one thing...having the fear of financial ruin and vanishing personal freedoms is quite another.