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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Fat Fighting Fidel, Mitch and Bart...What Would Dan Carpenter Think?

Indiana Parley is back from the South. Please accept our apologies for a break of content while attending a conference in Florida.

Speaking of Florida,
Indiana Parley is not quite sure what Indy Star columnist Dan Carpenter would make of the story about Fidel Castro's suggestion that Florida Governor Jeb Bush could stand to get a little exercise.
'Forgive me for using the term `fat little brother' '' Castro said. ``It is not a criticism, rather a suggestion that he do some exercises and go on a diet, don't you think? I'm doing this for the gentleman's health.''
Carpenter suggested in a column in November that somehow the exhortations from capitalist running dogs Mitch Daniels and Bart Peterson for Indiana and Indianapolis citizens to adopt healthier eating and exercise standards were blaming the poor. It was another example of "The Man" oppressing the powerless. We didn't get Mr. Carpenter's idea that Messrs. Daniels and Peterson had set out to shame the poor and blame the poor for being fat. That's not to say it wasn't in the pattern of Carpenter columns. It was.

The idea that the complexities of improving the health of those in poverty are more than can be met by a fitness initiative is an idea we understand. We think the Governor and Mayor do, too.

It is to Fidel Castro that one has to look for an example of where a suggestion to get fit is really meant as an insult.

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