I have written before about how the U.S. surgeon general has become the national nanny, nagging us to stop smoking, lose weight, exercise more and never leave home without a condom. James W. Holsinger, a surgeon and cardiologist from Kentucky, is President Bush’s latest nominee for the post. His nomination has been in trouble because of some retrograde comments and writings on homosexuality. But it is also worth noting that Dr. Holsinger testified yesterday he also supports:
- Universal health insurance;
- Banning pharmaceutical advertising;
- Banning the advertising of sugary cereals and other “junk food” on television;
- Federal regulation of vending machines in schools; and
- Increasing tobacco taxes as part of a campaign to “make America a tobacco-free nation.”
All in all, a perfect national nanny, and another example of President Bush’s big-government conservatism at work.