Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Nanny State, a poem

 by Joe Doakes, via SITD

Some parents aren’t competent to pick their own children’s lunch menus
So their kids are fat
And develop health problems
Which the parents can’t afford to pay to treat
And which society isn’t willing to leave untreated
Because children shouldn’t suffer for their parents incompetence
So we treat the children
And we pay for it
And it costs a lot
Which runs up the deficit
Which we should prevent
By reducing spending on sick kids
By reducing the number of fat kids
By stopping kids from getting fat
By picking their lunch menus for them
Using union public employee lunch menu pickers
Who receive wages and health insurance benefits
Which cost a lot
Which runs up the deficit
Until the money runs out
And society collapses
So we go back to letting parents set their own kids’ lunch menus
And some kids get fat
And they develop health problems
But their parents can’t afford to pay for treatment
Because society has collapsed
Because we ran up the deficit
By hiring union public employee lunch menu pickers
Instead of letting parents pick their kids lunch menus
And letting children suffer because for their parents incompetence
The way they’ll have to suffer
When society has collapsed

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