Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cheeseburger Bill: Minnesota's Shocking Attack on Contemporary Values

"Cheeseburger bill could become law"
Bizarre Bazaar, Action News, 6abc.com (February 22, 2011)

"Don't blame Mickey D's or the King for your gut.

"That's the gist of the "cheeseburger bill" approved by a state House panel in Minnesota.

"The measure would block consumers from suing fast-food chains and other food companies for their weight problems...."

This "Cheeseburger bill" is, in the Lemming's opinion, a shocking attack on values - indeed, on an entire way of life - that has made America what it is today.

If the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act passes, there is no telling what dire consequences may ensue. Imagine, if you will, the horror of someone slamming a car door on their hand - and not being able to sue the dealership that sold them the car.

The "Cheeseburger bill," in the Lemming's opinion, threatens the very foundation upon which today's American culture is based. Should it pass, a concept at the very core of American culture is at risk: the idea that the consequences of every act, no matter how foolish, are not the responsibility of the person directly involved.

Someone has to be blamed, of course: which is where greedy corporations come in. Generations of Americans have been raised with the comforting knowledge that that they, personally, are not responsible for their actions. It's the other guy. Generally someone with enough money to make a lawsuit worthwhile.

And now, some Minnesota politico is attacking this cornerstone of American culture.

The horror! The horror!

A Little More Seriously, Background on the "Cheeseburger Bill"

"'Cheeseburger bill' debate gets reheated in Legislature"
Mark Sommerhauser, St. Cloud Times (February 6, 2011)

"Attention fast-foodies: The 'cheeseburger bill' is back.

"State law would bar people from suing restaurants for causing them to gain weight, under a proposal revived by a Central Minnesota legislator.

"The Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act is authored by Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, who also calls it 'the cheeseburger bill.'

"Urdahl says his bill would shield restaurants, farmers and others in the food business from frivolous litigation. He points to a 2002 New York case in which people sued McDonald's Corp. after eating its food for years and becoming overweight.

"Fast-food chains have long taken heat from people who say they contribute to the U.S. obesity epidemic. In December, a California mother joined the Center for Science in the Public Interest in filing a class-action complaint against McDonald's, calling for the company to stop using toys to market Happy Meals to children.

"But to Urdahl, such cases are absurd.

" 'If you eat too many cheeseburgers at a fast-food restaurant and get fat, it's not their fault. It's your fault,' Urdahl said.

"Urdahl has introduced his cheeseburger bill repeatedly since 2004. It passed the state House in 2005 before stalling in the Senate. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of the Legislature, Urdahl hopes it will have new life in 2011, after legislators have tackled job-creation and budget issues.

"The proposed liability exemption wouldn't apply if a weight-gain claim were based on certain violations of law, according to the bill.

"Twenty-three other states have passed laws similar to what Urdahl proposes, according to the National Restaurant Association...."

Big Cheese is Victimizing You!

The Lemming has seen the "Cheeseburger bill" described as "frivolous." Maybe it is. It certainly flies in the face of America's habit of suing someone else when things go wrong.

Or, maybe there's more to this "Cheeseburger bill" than meets the eye.

As is well known:
  • Cheese is a fatty food
  • Cheeseburgers are common fare at fast-food businesses
    • As well as other foods high in saturated fats
  • Many foods high in saturated fats contain vegetable oil
  • The "Cheeseburger bill" was introduced by a Republican
  • Republicans are tools of Big Oil
    • As is well known
      • In some circles
You see? It all fits together! We're not just victims of Big Oil!!


No, the Lemming doesn't think so. But lard that silly notion up with enough emotive words and verbal filler: and somebody might buy it.

Isn't the Lemming "Apathetic?"

The Lemming has discussed the name of this blog, and the sense in which it exudes "apathy" before.

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