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Things to Come, Part IV: The Dark Side

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State and local governments will have to struggle to keep their employees paid. With the heightened awareness of the debt and high rate of taxes, these governments may not be able to increase taxes. And that means that you will have fewer services and will be assessed fees for things you never imagined.


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In the first essay in this series, I explained how the smart phone will change our lives. (Mouseover here for a preview of the essay.)

In the second essay, (mouseover here for a preview of the essay) I pointed out the tremendous changes coming at the mall, the movie theatre, the library -- maybe not within the next six months -- but surely within the next six years. Oh but there is still more.

Part III (mouseover here for a preview of the essay) dealt primarily with banks radio and television as it will be in the future.

Most of that is good news. But there is a dark side. In this essay, I deal with the dark side of things to come.

The Food Police are Coming!

In 2009, Newsweek featured on its cover a story titled, "We are All Socialists Now." In the future, if Newsweek survives, they might run a cover story with the title "We're All Diabetics Now."

In many cases, diabetes is hereditary -- there is nothing you can do to prevent it. But the rate of diabetes is rising faster than the federal debt. It is truly epidemic. The cause of the rapid increase is completely due to our decadent lifestyle. We eat too much and we exercise too little.

"We" -- the boomers -- are moderately guilty of this gluttony. But "we" -- our kids and grandkids -- are absurdly fat and absurdly sedentary... and absurdly obese. The inevitable result: diabetes, among numerous other things... none of which is good.

This is inexcusable... but inevitable, unless we, as a society, drastically change the way we behave and raise our kids.

Yes, this is a matter for us to deal with -- not the federal government. But that won't stop them from further encroaching on our freedom. If Michelle Obama and the food police have their way, we will have fewer choices in the food we eat. They will over-tax or outlaw french fries, ice cream, soda, Oreos, and any and everything else we love to eat... even if we are among those who are not obese. Take a good look at your Cinnabun. It may go the way of the horse and buggy... and not because there is a better alternative.

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