The problem with the president's health care/mail analogy: The Postal Service founders because it has no bottom line.
When President Obama told the people attending a town hall meeting on health care that “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? . . . It’s the post office that’s always having problems,” he was right on the facts, but drew the wrong conclusion from them.
As his whirlwind schedule of Sunday talk show appearances indicates, he still doesn’t get it.
Fear has proven to be far more powerful and contagious than swine flu, or any flu. Or soccer mania. News stories about swine flu have scared both Mexicans and Americans into changing their daily habits while keeping tourists away from Mexico’s popular destinations. With all the drama of a cheap telenovela, newspaper and television reports around the world made swine flu in Mexico a top story earlier
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El miedo ha probado ser más poderoso y contagioso que la influenza porcina, o que una gripa. Inclusive más poderoso que la fútbol manía. Las historias en los noticieros acerca de la influenza porcina han asustado tanto a mexicanos como a estadounidenses al grado de haber cambiado algunos de sus hábitos diarios además de mantener alejados a los turistas de los principales destinos turísticos en México. Con todo el drama de una telenovela, las
Alarmed by a tripling of obesity rates among U.S. children over the past 30 years, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council issued a report recommending policy initiatives to trim the fat from America’s youth.
Saying the child obesity problem cannot be solved at the federal level, the two groups counsel state and local officials to impose their own soft drink taxes, tax “junk food,” limit access to television and video games in after-school programs, replace public school vending machines with water fountains, open school playgrounds to the general public, build more sidewalks and bicycle paths, and require restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus.