Saturday, February 12, 2005

Fidel restricts smoking in Cuba! What’s next forcing an adult to wear a helmet while biking? According to the CNN article the ban was based on the health concerns of tobacco use, the “It’s for Your Own Good” reason.

In the U.S. “It’s for your own good” (IFYOG) people have been waging a war on smoking based on the health risks of tobacco. This outgrowth of Nanny Statism has been expanding since FDR's regime start sucking the independence and self-reliance from the American character. IFYOGs usually have a smug superior attitude towards the great unwashed masses that were completely unaware of smokings hazards, leftist wacko; sorry I meant leftist wonk is an IFYOG. When you come across one of these people you will notice how utterly annoying they are and they should be avoided, I find them more dangerous to my health than second hand smoke.

Now there is a second front opened in the battle to control your life, private employers who refuse to hire workers who smoke at home citing increased costs in their health insurance plans. Can a private company tell their employees what to do at home, especially when that activity is legal? Why not check credit card receipts for excessive purchases of alcohol or Twinkies? How about denial of employment due to riding motorcycles or the neighborhood you live in?

Liberal blowhard often frequents a club called Bogart’s, they play very loud techno/dance music, after a few hours of it my ears ring into the next morning. I guess I could petition the city council, don't I have a right to go to Bogart's and not have my senses assaulted? Bogart’s should be forced to play music I like at acceptable volumes. Are IFYOGs going to call for a ban on loud music due to concerns for my health, when is that employer going to deny me a job to avoid caring for a middle aged deaf man and is the government going to refuse me disability pay due to my behavior?

This is the big problem with both 3rd party pay and single payer health plans. When insurance companies or governments find their costs rising it is natural to try and control behavior that causes lead to these increases. I’ve often heard that free speech means allowing speech one might find offensive or hateful. Freedom also means the right to act stupidly when to comes to your own body.

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Let me make very clear...I do not frequent Bogart's.

With that disclaimer out of the way - I'm going to play Devil's Advocate for a second...

As a private business owner, why can't I make determinations about who I wish to hire based on activity outside the workplace? It's my company, and as long as I'm not discriminating against a protected class of people (and this is a whole other argument, but go with me here), why can't I hire who I want?

For example, if I have employees that I know are cheating on their husbands or wives, why can't I fire them? They've displayed a character trait that I find could be damaging to my company. If they will engage in betrayal and lying to their spouse, why wouldn't they do the same to me? They may be taking my trade secrets or marketing strategy to a competitor?

This is the same argument used against Bill Clinton by the GOP. Forget about the lying to the grand jury, the larger issue was about the perception of a character flaw that inhibited his ability to govern effectively.

Believe me, I'm very opposed to restrictions on activity imposed by state or corporate structures as you gathered from my shouting tirade in Jax last night.

I think this is a tough paradox - as an individual, I can do what I want, as a business owner, I can do what I want, but how do you reconcile sanctions for permissible activities?

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