It probably doesn't come as a surprise that income inequality in the United States (and much of the Western world) is reaching levels only seen in the feudal age among serfs and lords in Europe. Additionally while most middle class Americans have plenty of things
such as iPhones, new cars that they honestly can't afford, and many more goods they've seen appropriate to spend their already small (in comparison to mid 20th century incomes) incomes on US Americans are suffering from more depression than ever in our history. This is sort of a long and jumbled mess of ideas, but this is how I believe we can stop the spiral into endless consumerism before it reaches a point where all we are as human beings are mindless drones, buying and selling to hold up an economy that only benefits 1% of us.
-------------------------------------OBESITY | AMERICA IS UNHEALTHY
Already 65% of Americans are overweight or obese and 26 million of us suffer from diabetes type 2, heart disease is the number one killer in the US with more than 787,000 Americans dying from it in 2010 alone, 78 million US adults suffer from high blood pressure (33%) and 43% of adults in the US have high cholesterol. On top of all this, only 1% of adults in the US have a proper diet according to the American Heart Association.
All this considered general health continues to be on the bottom of problems facing the nation, sadly next to global warming and our politician's agendas seem void of any mention of the fact that 32% of American children are obese/overweight with some even proposing cuts to American healthcare instead [insert American Healthcare Act].TAXES
My proposal to solve these problems or at least reduce the number of victims of obesity in America is a nation-wide tax on junk food sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, (etc) of 10-20% (or higher if individual states want) and the formation of a new bureau called the Bureau for Protection of American Health (or something else) to judge which foods or junk foods and which are healthy. Fast food restaurants will be given a tax higher than that of grocery stores at 30% per food item and 35% for cola's. Certain healthy alternative fast food restaurants will be given a tax of 10-15% instead of the regular one but the same tax on cola's if they are approved by the BPAH SUBSIDIES
Organic food, vegetables and meats sold in grocery stores will receive a 20% flat subsidization by the national government so to make them more affordable to lower class Americans and more appealing to middle and higher class Americans due to their reduced price. Locally produced (by small farms, not super farms) fruits and vegetables (local = raised within 75 miles of the store in which they're sold) and free range and healthy meats, eggs, milk, etc approved by the BPAH will be given a subsidization of 35% that would encourage supermarkets to buy locally and support their area's economy and the average American to do so as well since they will be able to compete with big name brands or hopefully in the long term over take them.FARMERS
As mentioned above organic/free range local small farms will receive a subsidization of 35% of their products in stores but farms will also receive subsidies from the national government for seeds, tools and more. But super farms can also apply for these subsidies if they become committed to more organic means of production and are approved by regular inspections from BPAH agents (this applies to small farms as well, they will be inspected less actively than large farms though). These subsidies are designed to hopefully get more Americans involved in farming and help those who are currently farmers.
Thinking about how to incorporate physical exercise into this. Suggestions will be appreciated :)
First post of more to come
Edited 3/30/2017 16:16:03