He’s coming for our food

HE’S COMING FOR OUR FOOD…. Back during the presidential campaign, Barack Obama noted, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.” The comment, made 16 months ago, was obviously about over-consumption and America’s role in the world.

A year and a half later, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is worried. “President Obama said we can’t eat as much food as we want and think the rest of the world will be okay about that, as if that matters to freedom-loving Americans,” she told her colleagues from the House floor this week.

“Well, we just heard last week that the Federal Government now under the Obama administration is calling for a re-ordering of America’s food supply. What is that going to mean? Now will the White House decide how many calories we consume or what types of food we consume?”

Yes, Michele, that’s exactly what it means. In fact, ACORN will now be responsible for preparing all foods in all households. President Obama will appoint a “dinner czar” to make sure you don’t skip your vegetables. If you do, a “death panel” will decide whether you qualify for dessert.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.