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Conservative Satirist Stephen Goldberg Finds Humor, Fear Factor in School Lunch Rules(March 09, 2012)
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 03/09/12 -- A new collection of 23 satirical short stories, "Obama's Shorts" (www.ObamasShorts.com), by Stephen Goldberg takes a humorous look at the new rules and regulations governing Americans' lives.
"How about a National Nutritional Enforcement Agency that provides federal agents, unarmed, of course, to make sure all students are Clean Plate Clubbers?" Goldberg asks in "Healthy Food for Thought," about new regulations for school lunches.
And forget mandatory health insurance, he writes in "Change, we have a much bigger problem."
"We're ripe for a Patients' Waiting Room Fairness Act. Some people can't afford a phone or computer. Some can't speak English. Why should they have to wait longer than people who can make appointments?
"The Waiting Room Fairness Act will ensure it's first come, first served," Goldberg says. "That's only fair."
A stand-up comic-turned-dentist, Goldberg says there are some serious concerns underlying his hyperbole. Too many Americans don't understand the principles upon which the United States was created, so they're blind to just how far from them we've strayed. There's nothing like a dose of humor to provide some education. Politico.com apparently agreed -- it listed "Obama's Shorts" in its roundup of five unconventional political books.
"The Constitution set things up so we would be ruled from the bottom up with only a few things controlled by the federal government," Goldberg says. "Now it is completely upside down.
"Take school lunches. Most parents pay for them. Shouldn't they be the ones telling their kids what they should put on their plate? These new rules have been created, in part, to 'help mitigate the childhood obesity trend,' the USDA says. What if you've got a skinny kid who's a picky eater and you want him to have the choice of drinking whole milk?"
"Think it's far-fetched imagining a day when federal agents search lunchboxes for cookie contraband?" Goldberg asks. "How about a National Potato Council accusing the feds of treating their tuber like a 'second-class vegetable' in its lunchroom rules?
"Yes, there is a National Potato Council. And yes, that's what they said."
About Stephen Goldberg
Stephen Goldberg started his professional life as a comedian and turned to dentistry as a more reliable way to make a living -- though he never stopped getting his audience to laugh. He's been married 45 years and has three children and three grandchildren.
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