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Let Them Eat Cake

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Although some historians attribute the phrase, “Let Them Eat Cake” to various sources, Marie Antoinette is generally credited as its originator.   In case you’re not up on your history, Marie was the last queen of the French royal family, crowned after her marriage to King Louis XIV.


Allegedly, Marie’s extravagances single-handedly ruined the French finances.  For that, anti-royalists dubbed her “Madame Deficit” during a time of famine.  When her starving constituents cried out for bread, the queen’s advisors warned her that the people had no bread.  “Let them eat cake!” Marie quipped.  This cavalier remark was credited with sparking the French Revolution and the ultimate loss of Marie’s head.


There is a saying, “What goes around comes around.”  Now, many moons later, America’s royal family seems to be headed down the same path as Marie Antoinette.


Since the Obamas inherited the White House, The First Lady has spared no expense on her personal staff, her wardrobe, family vacations, and pet projects.  She has indulged in all of this despite the many problems facing our nation.


One of her projects is a campaign to rid the country of obesity in children.  Mrs. Obama aims to make kids healthier even if it kills them.  The program focuses on the free lunches provided to schoolchildren nationwide.  Thanks to Mrs. Obama, hot dogs, hamburgers, sugary deserts and drinks (i.e., traditional American fare) will be wiped clean off the menu.  No longer will these foods exist to widen the posteriors of our children.  The new menu will include such goodies as tofu, lychee nuts, acai berries, high protein foods — and, if she continues in this vein, Soylent Green.


To bolster this yummy new diet and burn excess fat even faster, children can look forward to extended physical education classes via the addition of new gym programs.  For some reason, this puts me in mind of Adolph Hitler’s youth movement and the Bataan Death March.  What a way to make our kids lean and mean!


This new plan does not come cheaply: to fund it, the Obama administration proposes to usurp money from the current Food Stamp Program.  Since this move will only affect the undocumented workers, it could prove to be a windfall for America.  What a great idea to kill two birds with one stone!


Since obesity seems to be the root of all evil (and all along, I’d thought it was money), I envision needless healthcare systems and more time for sports activities on our nation’s horizon.   As a little bonus to this program, the fast food industry will be taxed heavily, just like those other two vice-laden businesses, cigarettes and alcohol.  The taxes will raise the nation’s coffers, which will, in turn, pay our governmental representatives and support their entitlements while simultaneously reducing the temptations to eat unhealthy meals.


As I said before, “What goes around comes around.”   A second American Revolution may not spring from the disgruntled and disenfranchised middle class.  It may come from that generation of kids that were deprived of all the goodies they have come to know and love. 

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