Sunday, July 8, 2007

A Carney's Repast

Ummm yummie. Dinner for a carny: two fried egg rolls and a large coke. This meal has not been endorsed by the American College of Cardiology, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or anyone with the slightest concern for life expectancy. As I said yesterday, most carnival workers look unhealthy – seriously overweight, bad teeth and often smokers. Is it part of their life on the fringe of our society? I bet they get few or no medical services. That’s a fact of life in this country, since we are the only industrialized nation without universal health care. I’m a strong proponent of what we, in our debates, call a single-payer system, supervised by the government. However, I’m not optimistic about that happening. Health care here is driven by profits and no one wants to lose their personal golden goose.

I do not know of any epidemiological studies about the rates of heart disease and diabetes among carnies. Perhaps the results would be too obvious to be worth the work.

TOMORROW: this is blog laziness week. Something nice and easy, like pretty girls?


lv2scpbk said...

That meal doesn't look too good. It looks like it would be tough to eat.

Sasha said...

I agree, we're not likely to see anything resembling a universal health care system in my lifetime.

Pretty girls are always a nice subject. May I request that they have actual meat on their bones and not the current toothpick trend? Healthy girls are definetly much nicer to look at!

PS-your son is the best! (The one in Chicago, as I don't know of any blog your other one has!)

JOY Krauthammer, MBA said...

Dear Strangetastes,
Love the way that yellow Big Bird in higher corner space looks at/witnesses the carny being almost carniverous. Is the look disdain or desire?
the mother