November 23, 2009

Responsibility is the source and solution, the beginning and end

Regarding the Nov 23, 2009 Wall Street Journal article, "Laying the Groundwork", Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, was asked about child obesity. She spoke:

So we have a crisis. It's got to be solved in school cafeterias; putting physical education back in classrooms; making sure that we have greens available--in lots of neighborhoods you can't buy fruits or vegetables--and strategies that involve parents taking some responsibility and helping people get to that end goal. [stop]

On through 12 paragraphs of quotes, Sebelius makes many points about the state of the healthcare system and the rising costs. She says that 75 cents of every "health dollar" is related to weight reduction and smoking cessation. Only once in the all the words and paragraphs does she use the word "responsibility" or "responsible" or any synonym. When she does use it (i.e. "some responsibility"), it seems to be with hesitation.

Smoking and weight gain are issues of individual responsibility. I am not saying that it is easy to not gain weight or to avoid the lure of smoking, but that does not change the fact that those are both very clearly based on specific choices individuals made. In other words, lack of responsibility is what got us into this mess and is a significant (75% and arguably much higher) part of certain costs; yet, the only mention of responsibility in the discussion is for parents to have "some responsibility" for their obese kids. That's it? Who else can be more important stimuli? and the book Why Not Blame Drew? provide discussions of individual responsibility. The book outlines that there is no such thing as "some" responsibility. You are either responsible or not responsible. If you ask for "some" responsibility, then you let it be one or the other. We need to require parents to be 100% responsible for their children. Is that too much to ask? Why is responsibility not prominently discussed by the person who should care the most? If the Secretary of Health and Human Services doesn't emphasize it, who will?

Eventually, we have to focus on individual responsibility when it comes to the health of the nation! Why not now?

November 18, 2009

Protesting Protesting

I created a design for a stamp through a promotion company. The little logo said, "Why Not Blame Drew?" to promote my new book. It was resoundingly rejected. It was diligently deemed "unacceptable" because its purpose was to "advocate or protest any particular religious, social, political, legal or moral agenda of any person or entity." (Funny, one can not even do a protest of oneself…)

I generally get that, but under the strictest form of that definition, no picture could ever be shown. A picture of a politician advocates that person (a political agenda) or their policies (numerous natures of agendas). Pictures of boys fishing advocates hunting (a moral agenda). Pictures of Iranian girls in school advocates education equality (a social agenda). Pictures of an old lady lost in contemplation advocates religion. A picture of Elvis promotes rock-n-roll music (a social agenda not even including all the agendas wrapped up under that picture) and the music industry. A picture of a kitten promotes welfare of kittens (a moral agenda). Eventually, everything is "advocating" or "protesting" something. All imagines represent biases for "any person or entity". Ironically, their rejecting my agenda is... a protest of its own.

November 8, 2009

Austin man accepts blame

Why not? I will accept blame for rising healthcare costs. This is
not an empty claim, though it sounds odd. Details are in Why Not
Blame Drew?
How all your problems originate from him. The same
Drew that has been offering you readers a different perspective
about life.

Healthcare will be publicly blamed on me at the Capitol today.

Details: Outside south gate of Texas State Capitol at 2:00pm.