I am no smoker, but like many, I'm wondering what is up with the government's plan to require graphic pictures of the consequences of smoking on cigarette packs. Quite frankly, if 50 years of propaganda against smoking doesn't kill the habit, do they really think pictures of lung cancer will? Have they never been out to the smoke shack outside of work to see the fact that real smokers often look like death warmed over to begin with?
And of course, there is the very real issue that smoking in this country is largely led by the government, which put a pack of cigarettes with every new issue of C rations for every soldier from WWI to Vietnam. You wonder why the smoking rate has dropped? Hint; the government isn't drafting most young men right out of high school and college, and thus isn't getting them hooked on cancer sticks.
But all that said, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and hence I propose some other warning labels.
1. On the new USDA food plate; "Caution; adhering to government food standards is a leading cause of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes."
2. On USDA food aid; "Caution; eating food provided by your government is a leading cause of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes."
3. On every tax form: "Caution, excessive government is linked to infringement of human rights, imprisonment for political views, and genocide."
4. On every "guns are banned here" sign put up by the government: "Caution: government gun bans are linked to mass killings, infringement of civil liberties, and genocide."
5. On every public school: "Caution; government schools are a leading cause of illiteracy, and may be hazardous for your child's moral health."
6. On every public college (or student loan application): "Caution; government funded colleges are a leading cause of miseducation and indoctrination."
7. On every stadium funded with public money: "Caution; overpaid (and often criminal) millionaires work here."
8. On signs at the outskirts of Washington DC and each state capital: "Warning; bureaucrats who spend your money to warn you of hazards you already know about."