Some of the usual suspects are up in arms about KFC’s new “Double Down”, a chicken sandwich with fried chicken patties in place of a bun. Over at the HuffPo, they decry KFC’s latest offering as “going too far”…which is an awful lot of alarmist hyperbole when you consider that the Double Down has a measly 540 calories and 32 fat grams. (That thing is a caloric dead ringer for the Big Mac, which also has 540 calories, and 29 fat grams, but for some reason the HuffPo folks don’t get all bent out of shape about that one.) It’s not a leafy salad, but there are worse lunch foods, and the nutritional information on that lump of deep-fried chicken grease certainly doesn’t warrant breathless terms like “fast food-related crime against humanity”, and “potentially lethal”.
Here’s a fun exercise: collect all the public statements from various sources about KFC’s “Double Down”, and our “lethal” fast food in general, and see where all those folks stand on health care reform in general, and a public option (or single-payer system) in particular. I’m willing to wager a non-trivial amount that there’s a near-complete overlap between the “fast food bad” and “public health care system good” sections of that Venn diagram.
With the pants-shitting hysteria every time some fast food joint releases some gastronomic abomination, and with the First Lady beating the drum against child obesity, does anyone really doubt that the fast food industry will take the place of the tobacco industry as a public villain (and, conveniently, a cash-filled pinata) within a decade or so? And if you get any sort of public subsidy for your shiny new health care plan, boy howdy are they ever going to feel completely justified in telling you what to put in your mouth…and penalizing you for eating whatever wrong stuff you can still buy after they’re done with the evil Big Fast Food profit-mongers. (Did you know there are lots of fast food joints in inner cities? It’s almost like they’re trying to get the low-income crowd hooked on that unhealthy stuff! Why, if we only outlaw new fast food joints in those neighborhoods, people will have no choice but to buy leafy greens and lean cuts of meat at Whole Foods.)
That Double Down doesn’t look very appealing to me, but I may just make it a point to go out and have one this weekend, because I deeply resent the self-righteous Mommy Staters who try to force everyone to do what’s best for them, personal choice be damned. Last time I checked, KFC doesn’t force that greasy thing down anyone’s throat.
Carl E. Sagan on a moped…between the hippy-dippy crowd trying to tell everyone what not to eat, and the Fundies trying to tell everyone what not to do with their naughty genitals, it’s a wonder there’s any liberty left in this place. When did it ever become fashionable to give a shit what your neighbor chooses to have for lunch?