Monday, April 26, 2010

Republicans as the paternal elect

Here is the Republican Party in Ohio.

Jon Husted is a state senator, the former speaker of the house, and current candidate for Secretary of State

Bill Harris is current president of the senate

The issue is a Republican sponsored bill to give BMI (body mass index) scores for all public school students and to notify parents about proper foods, etc.

There ain't a dime's worth of difference between major parties.


Sent: 4/26/2010 6:34:05 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Question from a constituent


Then the school employees should be required to lose weight so as to set good examples. As should you and your fellow senators. But that is not what you mean by setting "good examples." We both know that.

I don't care what you say you will do -- that can easily become another empty promise. I care how you voted. And you voted on a bill that is another instance of an increasingly paternal state.

In the end, you believe that government must be involved in parental decisions. I find that both sad and appalling.

You are working to leave your children (and mine) an interventionist state -- a state based on one of the -isms of the day (take your pick, all are the antithesis of liberty). And you only have yourself to blame.


Note: Just be truthful and state that you are a Progressive -- one believing in the power and sanctity of the state. Just tell your constituents, and the voters of Ohio, that liberty is a relic of a simpler time. And that only the wise few (the elected) can guide the unwashed masses. Deep down, despite your protests otherwise, that is what you believe.


In a message dated 4/26/2010 5:13:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Mr. Fedako:

The use of the word “allow” versus “require” in my response was a mistake, not an attempt to misrepresent what the bill does. I am working to change this provision.

I agree with you this is an issue that should be primarily left to parents. However, as parent myself, I also understand parents rely on schools to set good examples for children during the school day.

Please know I will work to change the legislation to allow schools to set up this program as apposed to mandating they do it. I will also work to ensure there are appropriate opt-in/opt-out provisions for parents.

Again, I appreciate your perspective.


Jon Husted


From: Jim Fedako
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2010 7:07 PM
To: Senator Husted
Cc:;; Senator Harris
Subject: Re: Question from a constituent


The version of the bill which you cosponsored "[r]equires school districts, community schools, and STEM schools to establish a body mass index and weight status category screening program." I do not know where you read "allows."

Your support of this legislation is a reflection of your core beliefs.

And your email reads the same as that coming from any Democrat. You are advocating for a bigger, more intrusive state, and you are advocating for the paternal state.

Please remind me how the Republicans are different from the Democrats.

By the way, I find it truly offensive when elected officials deliberately obfuscate (dare I say lie) when speaking about their actions. You cosponsored "requires" but you claim "allows" when responding to me. Shame on you.



In a message dated 4/1/2010 11:10:55 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Dear Mr. Fedako:

I received your recent e-mail about your concern over a provision in Senate Bill 210 that would allow schools to conduct Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations on students. I appreciate you taking the time to write to me on this issue.

The primary objective of Senate Bill 210 aims to address childhood obesity by setting nutritional standards, physical education and activity standards in our schools. In addition, the bill includes implementing an assessment and education program for children which is a proven way to help children who are at risk of obesity.

While I understand your concern, I believe provisions in the bill are under revision and will be re-drafted in a manner that preserves parents’ ability to make decisions that are best for their child in regard to their physical fitness. For example, the bill does not mandate all students have the BMI calculation. It leaves the choice to participate in the program with parents. The bill also allows parents to use their own healthcare provider to conduct the calculation and ensures that student privacy is maintained. Results of individual tests are not to be shared with anyone except the parents of the student.

I believe teaching children to eat healthy and lead an active lifestyle is important to creating a healthier Ohio, lowering health care costs and improving the quality of life for all. I encourage you to contact me if you have continued concerns with the legislation, and I will be happy to work with my colleagues to address those concerns.

Again, thank you for your e-mail. I hope that some of the information I have shared with you provides for a better understanding of the legislation.


Jon Husted


From: Jim Fedako
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:33 PM
To: Senator Harris
Cc: Senator Husted;;
Subject: Question from a constituent


Since you believe the state has the right to perform Body Mass Index calculations on students and then badger their parents (S. B. No. 210), I figure you would gladly share your BMI with your constituents.

Please reply with your BMI so that I may see if you are fit enough to continue as the senate's chief nanny do-gooder (you do appear a little pudgy in your photo).

Keep in mind that the only belt you should be poking is your own.


Note: Jon, send your BMI also. It appears that your need for power is expanding with your beltline. By the way, how do you differ from the Progressives on the Left? Remind me.

Jim Fedako


Anonymous said...


Chalk another one up for Jim Fedako. Thanks for sticking it to them Jim.

I recieved my Republican propoganda this week and laughed at the choices that represent the Republican party.

As a former long time Republican, I am now independent and will vote for the best candidate, regardless of party. The lessor of the evils will get my vote, and as I see it now, it isn't a Republican.

Anonymous said...

Husted's head is still spinning.

liberranter said...

The lessor of the evils will get my vote, and as I see it now, it isn't a Republican.

But since the "lesser of two evils" is still evil, what is the good of voting at all if evil is the only option?

Democrat evil or Republican evil both, if elected, will continue their relentless campaign to destroy what little is left of liberty, as Jim points out. You don't want to be one of those wielding the political sledgehammer, do you?

(BTW, do you mean "lessor", as in "one who owns" the evils? If so, the owner of the evils is just as odious as the one he rents them out to. Just sayin'...)

Anonymous said...


Are you insinuating that I should vote at all?

Curious George

Anonymous said...

Here it comes: