Think about this the next time you pop the top on that ice cold can of Coke or Pepsi -- You can't do that! Well, you can, but if America's nanny state nags get their way, you will soon have to pay extra for it.
Here's something else to think about. When the National Football League kicks off the new season Sept. 4, 2014, don't even think about uttering the phrase "the Washington Redskins" because -- You can't say that! Unless, of course, you're willing to be stigmatized as a bigot.
One more thing to think about. You can say whatever you want about President Obama, as long as it's not critical. Why? You can't say that! Because then you will be "hatin'." So just keep your mouth shut and don't be muttering anything about the First Amendment.
It's for your own good
That's what Rep. Rosa DeLauro will tell you about her proposal to tax "sugar-sweetened beverages" in order to discourage their use. How much? A penny for every teaspoonful.
"Obesity and diabetes rates have skyrocketed since the late 1970s, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting more than one-third of American adults were obese in 2012. Scientific research overwhelmingly shows a link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and such diseases," according to the Connecticut Democrat.
And no, you aren't better qualified to make your own choices because DeLauro understands reality better than you: "We are at a crucial tipping point and the SWEET Act will help correct the path we are currently on.”
Redskins today, Indians and Chiefs tomorrow?
There has been only one opinion survey among Native Americans asking them if "Redskins" is offensive to them. Ninety percent said no.
But it is offensive to such morally superior beings as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and comedian Chris Rock, so the rest of America's 300 million people must stop saying "Redskins."
Clinton, Holder and Rock might want to have a conversation with Tommy Yazzie, superintendent of the Red Mesa School District on the Navajo Indian Reservation. And the Red Mesa team name? Redskins, of course.
Don't be hatin' all the time!
As for criticizing Obama, who could explain it better than the president himself, who said this during a political speech in Kansas City last week:
“We could do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit. Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Let’s get some work done together.”
So, what's so difficult to understand about that? Criticizing Obama is the same thing as hating. But if you keep hating, Lois Lerner is going to want to talk to you about your tax return.
On today's washingtonexaminer.com
Columnists/Hugh Hewitt: The border bill House Republicans should have passed.
Columnists/Michael Barone: Big Government worked better in the industrial age; not so much in the digital era.
Columnists/James Jay Carafano: Comparing President Obama to Jimmy Carter is an insult to Carter.
OpEds/Steven Hayes: The IRS cannot be fixed, it must be abolished and replaced with the Fair Tax.
Beltway Confidential/Sean Higgins: Walker says union reforms still at risk despite court ruling.
PennAve/Susan Crabtree: Five reasons this week's Africa Summit matters.
PennAve/Joseph Lawler: Are Americans about to take on more personal debt?
Legal Newsline/Kyla Asbury: iPhone users file class-action lawsuit against Apple claiming they were spied on.
Video Morning Examiner: Morning Examiner with Steve Doty for Aug. 4.
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The New York Times: Cheaper housing draws middle class to inland cities.
The Weekly Standard: Ansar al Sharia ally a key figure in Benghazi security failure.
National Review Online: Censure Obama.
The American Spectator: The Cornhusker Kickback kicks back.
The New Republic: Hillary Clinton's 2016 roadmap.
The American Prospect: Will economic populism win back the Midwest for Democrats?
The Washington Monthly: Ross Douthat misplays the blame game.