Thursday, February 17, 2011

FLOTUS (The Fourth Branch Of Government)

Okay, so "What's NOT so scary?"
As if the world didn't have ENOUGH Acronyms? 

Just so we're all up to speed, here's a primer to get you on track for the remainder of the post AND to explain the title above:

POTUS:  President of the United States
FLOTUS:  First Lady of the United States
COTUS:  Czar of the United States (there are MANY of these)
TOTUS:  Teleprompter of the United States
CPOTUS:  Chef to the President of the United States
DPOTUS:  Dog of the President of the United States (Call him, "Bo")
HPOTUS:  Housekeeper to the President of the United States
WOTUS:  Weasel of the President of the United States (Call him, "Joe")

Everyone caught up?  Great, let's go...

'FLOTUS', yes, this would be the First Lady of the United States, has yet another 'cause' to promote. 

Michelle Obama, the Fourth Branch of Government, has decided that American women should breastfeed their children until the child is roughly... 'old enough to drive'. 

Yes, in an effort to reduce Childhood Obesity, Michelle Obama (and her enforcement arm, the IRS) has decided that forcing employers to provide BreastFeeding facilities to female workers is a...  'Right' for the Mother, or, perhaps, more specifically, of the 'Child'.

Senator Barack Obama said it's OKAY to let a baby die alone in a laundry closet from a botched aborion, but once they enter the tax roll, Michelle Obama will tell YOU, Mom, how to feed them.

From an article at the Daily Caller: 
First lady Michelle Obama will be speaking out to remove barriers to breastfeeding, Politics Daily has learned, throwing the spotlight on nursing as a way to reduce childhood obesity.


This comes as the Obama administration in the past year has made several moves to encourage breastfeeding -- including a push for more flexible workplace rules and an Internal Revenue Service ruling on Thursday that breast pumps and other nursing supplies qualify for tax breaks.
...
Looking ahead to what she will do in the second year of "Let's Move," Mrs. Obama said: "We also want to focus on the important touch points in a child's life. And what we're learning now is that early intervention is key. Breastfeeding. Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese.


"We want to get into child-care centers, day-care centers, and start talking about how -- what kind of snacks they're getting there. We want to have those conversations at an earlier level. But those are just some of the things that you'll see."
...
"And because it's important to prevent obesity early, we're also working to promote breastfeeding, especially in the black community -- where 40 percent of our babies never get breastfed at all, even in the first weeks of life, and we know that babies that are breastfed are less likely to be obese as children," she said.


Robin Schepper, executive director of "Let's Move," told Politics Daily, Mrs. Obama wants to increase breastfeeding rates but "is not telling women to breastfeed ... but wants to make it easier for moms by encouraging hospitals to change practices so after a baby is born, the baby is in the room with them."

Okay, so FLOTUS is NOT telling women to breastfeed, BUT, if you DO breastfeed, they'll give you Tax Breaks to do so.  (I'd bare my udders for a buck...  Shoot, I'd do it for loose change.) 

The government figured out YEARS ago that if you incent behavior, that you get MORE of that behavior. 
Consider the following:
Oh, I don't know; I'd like to think that if a Mom wants to breastfeed her child, that's kind of 'up to her'.  The Federal Government driving behavior by making 'other people's money' available to pay for Michelle Obama's pet project doesn't seem to be in the National Interest to me.

The Federal Government was given certain responsibilities under the US Constitution.  Its powers are FINITE, if something doesn't fall within the scope of the Constitution, they CAN'T do it. 

But what do I know?  I have it on good authority that I was NOT breastfed by my Mom. 

Yes, I was a 'Bottle Baby'.  Oh, the horror.  The shame... 

But if I HAD been breastfed, I think that I would have been this kid:


But it's NOT the Federal Government's, or the IRS's decision to make -- Is it???

So as the Middle East burns, the most pressing issue in the US today is:  Checking out what Mom does with her breasts.

Yeah, the Obama Administration's FLOTUS is soooooo on target here.

Since Washington is not watching developments around the world which WILL impact our National Security, I dedicate the following lyrics, to the Obamas, the IRS, and CPOTUS...

FM - Steely Dan
Worry the bottle Mamma, it’s grapefruit wine
Kick off your high heel sneakers, it’s party time
The girls don’t seem to care what’s on
As long as it plays till dawn
Nothin’ but blues and Elvis
And somebody else’s favorite song

Give her some funked up music, she treats you nice
Feed her some hungry reggae, she’ll love you twice
The girls don’t seem to care tonight
As long as the mood is right

Fm - no static at all

Give her some funked up music she treats you nice
Feed her some hungry reggae she’ll love you twice
The girls don’t seem to care tonight
As long as the mood is right

Fm - no static at all

If you believe the Obama Administration, there's "NO static at all", but if there isn't, what's that buzzing in my head?

Hmm?
Yeah, might as well get fired up about something, right???
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