Fitting the First Lady was in town on tax day yesterday talking about nutrition, children’s health and obesity. That’s because her visit underscored one of the greaqt inequities in our society: the real death tax.
The First Lady was highlighting all the negative health effects people in poorer neighbors suffer due at least in part to lower income levels, access to reasonably priced alternatives to fast and processed foods and limited availability of exercise and outdoor recreational spaces Dr. Robert Ross, CEO of the California Endowment was more direct stating: “And so if you live in City Heights I can tell you that you will probably live 12 to 14 years a shorter lifespan than someone from La Jolla.” Ross’ assertion that zip code plays a big role in life expectancy is supported by study after study. Fitzgerald was right: the rich ARE different than you and I. They live longer.
So, as the anti-tax and death-tax rhetoric heats up (especially with the expiration of George W’s tax cuts next year—Hey George, way to go forgetting to make the centerpiece of your legislative legacy permanent! Heck of a job there, Bushie!) let’s save a little outrage for the ultimate of death taxes–the one that really does kill people. But what’s a little death-related social inequity in a country of the people, by the people and for the people dedicated to promoting the general welfare. So what if La Jollans live longer than Encantoians—it all averages out.
Come to think of it, that would be Clairemontians.