Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Social Security Saved by Supersizing?

Has the fast food/junk food industry quietly solved our Social Security problem?

If we can just find a way to make it to, say, 2045 with the Social Security system intact, the Social Security trust fund should experience a major rebound as current 20-somethings and youger hit retirement age. After a lifetime of funding Social Security with payroll taxes during their productive years, they will die off in late middle age -- just before they start collecting their checks -- from heart disease, obesity-related ailments, and other maladies caused by their steady diet of high fat fast food and junk food crammed with transfatty acids and high fructose corn syrup.

I don't know who thought that one up, but it's diabolically clever.


That's good stuff! Maybe the smoking ban was a bad idea, and we could subsidize cigarettes rather than tax them too. I just don't think fast food has the killing power of tobacco.
However, before they actually die, they will sue the hell out of the fast food companies and the trans fatty acids themselves.
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