Fat-Suit Flapdoodle in the Land of Enchantment


It would have been nice to have been overlooked, but New Mexico makes an appearance in “Wastebook: The Farce Awakens.”

The compendium of “wasteful federal spending,” compiled by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), includes a five-year program for “weight sensitivity training.” New Mexico State University got $17,500 for the project, courtesy the U.S. Department of Agriculture — i.e., the American taxpayer.

One component of the training: An “Empathy Exercise in which a 20 lb. fat vest will be worn by participants for a minimum of 12 consecutive hours.”

As Flake notes, the “federal government has been spending a lot of money over the years nagging Americans about being overweight.” And at the same time, it is now encouraging “‘social acceptance’ of those who are overweight.”