Paul Broun: The government wants you to eat your spinach. Or else.

The Free World has long been deeply suspicious of Brussels sprouts. Just look at the name. And despite any number of endorsements from Popeye, spinach has always looked remarkably like the stuff on Fidel Castro’s jaw.

Now we know why.

Think Progress, the liberal political site, has posted video from a Sept. 9 town hall meeting held in Elberton by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, in which he asks us to think twice before we buy into any food pyramids:

Says Broun, a physician who faces Democrat Russell Edwards in November:

”I tell you, we’ve got some big problems in Washington. Big problems. Just today, Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

“They want to get all the power of the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is what the federal, CDC – they’re going to be calling people to find out how many fruits and vegetables you eat today. This is socialism of the highest order.”

Debbee Keller, a spokeswoman for Broun, says the congressman was only kidding:

The CDC’s report states that ‘these findings underscore the need for interventions at national, state, and community levels….’

“Dr. Broun was simply making a joke to highlight a more serious issue. With 15 million unemployed individuals, the federal government should be more focused on relieving tax and regulatory burdens in order to spur growth in the economy than the dietary habits of individuals.”

But what’s troubling me now is that, if Broun has indeed latched onto the next frontier of socialism, what else may be out there? And is there anything more symbolic of gooey collectivism – perhaps communism itself — than a bowl of grits?

And what are we to do about it? Aside from adding butter and salt, I mean.

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68 comments Add your comment

The Snark

October 1st, 2010
3:54 pm

They say that people get the government they deserve, but I’ve been to Rep. Broun’s district, and they don’t deserve a fool like him.

Vicious Truth

October 1st, 2010
3:56 pm

Ooooo, the government wants you to be healthy so you’re health cost will be in line. The next conspiracy is their gonna confiscate your forks and spoons and issue one chopstick! IDIOT!!!!

Keep doing this GOP

October 1st, 2010
4:04 pm

@The Snark, I live in his district and he is a complete joke. We are having trouble attracting jobs in this area because we do not have the infastructure and we get absolutely no help from him at all. He is too busy appearing on Fox News and all these little tea party get togethers.

I guess thats the reason why you are beginning to see these signs popping up all over his district;


Peachtree Pete

October 1st, 2010
4:11 pm

We are a remarkably nosey country, never ever content to “live and let live.” We want to tell each other how to eat, what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and even that isn’t enough. No, not content with that, we want to tax goods and foods that are deemed by our all knowing government “bad for us” because most of us are obviously too damned stupid for our own good. Get the h— out of my life!


October 1st, 2010
4:12 pm

Isn’t that one of Deal’s big ideas? eat homegrown veggies?

Deal must be a * gasp* socialist!! OMG!!

Road Scholar

October 1st, 2010
4:19 pm

Congressman Broun doesn’t know that obesity is one of our biggest health dangers and the CDC’s job is to call attention to how Americans can be healthy. Besides , maybe it wasn’t spinach, maybe it was your son’s pot!


October 1st, 2010
4:22 pm

gotta be one of the dumbest congressmen to ever come forth…

Cotton-Pickin' Pundit

October 1st, 2010
4:22 pm

Whoa, boy. That Paul Broun is a few peaches short of a bushel. Them CDC boys been tryin’ to get us to eat our veggies for decades, but now that Obama’s president it’s some sort of socialist plot? If ol’ Paul’s medical advice is good as his conspiracy theories, I hope his patients got themselves some good life insurance.

Young Lady

October 1st, 2010
4:31 pm

Ohnoes the dirty Liberal Food Pyramid scheme! It’ll thwart our GOP Fast Food Mind Control program!

Sorry I couldn’t resist myself there. But seriously if he’s a physician I think he’s severely deficient. I feel sorry for any person going to his practice.

Bobby Anthony

October 1st, 2010
4:49 pm

Broun is a bumbling albino buffon. He keeps on sending me email, and I keep sending it to the junk email bin. We have not had a decent representative since Doug Barnard left Congress.


October 1st, 2010
5:00 pm

Next the the guvmint’s gonna put chemicals in the water to protect our teeth. Well look heer big guvmint, I drink water from my well and my tooth is just fine without you!


October 1st, 2010
5:18 pm

He is a first class wacko. Why do the people in that district keep re-electing him?

Yankee in Gooberville

October 1st, 2010
5:20 pm

As a CDC professional (yes, now ‘off the clock’ and on my personal computer) I wish we could move the entire agency out of this god forsaken pit of ignorance that is Georgia.

Education is wasted on conservatives. Pearls before swine.


October 1st, 2010
5:34 pm

broun plays well to all the fat a$$ed georgians…..and fat between the ears

Goober in Gooberville

October 1st, 2010
5:49 pm

Sorry you have to put up with us Southerners, Yankee, however, ignorance is not limited to the South. I’ve lived in New England and there are people there who, in spite of everything, are as dumb as posts.

As far as I’m concerened, education is wasted on anyone of any stripe who won’t keep an open mind. Seems like yours is a bit closed itself… and if you’re all that, you can no doubt find a good position with a private firm somewhere else. I’m sure Delta is ready when you are.

But I’m sure we agree on one thing at least: Rep. Broun is one of the loosest wing-nuts in Congress. Unfortunately, that describes most of them.


October 1st, 2010
6:28 pm

The problem with the tax cut notion is that it is based on taxes having been at a reasonable level during the good time, which it has not been – they are were too low.
As for the good godly republican doctor, he needs stupid people eating deep fried salt licks for his medical practice to continue to prosper…

No Teabagging

October 1st, 2010
6:33 pm

Hey Broun, don’t use campaign robocalls if you are going to kvetch about the CDC allegedly calling people out of the blue to talk vegggies.

The Goobernator

October 1st, 2010
6:38 pm

Let’s see, it’s socialism if the gov’ment calls you “to find out how many fruits and vegetables you eat today.”
What is it when a politician makes a robocall to your home at dinnertime???
Invasion of Privacy and No Respect for Common Decency.

Matti Lee

October 1st, 2010
7:00 pm

I’m sure the Big Pharm lobbyists who count on Dr. Broun’s votes in Congress appreciate him publicly ridiculing things that reduce the demand for their products. Do you think they reward him for this kind of PR?

Mr. Grumpy

October 1st, 2010
7:15 pm

The 10th District voted for this whacko. They do deserve what they got. Apparently, the district is covered up with enough nutjobs who elected this guy. He’s the laughing stock of D.C. Ya know, if we don’t watch it, Georgia is going to become a source of national comic relief. How embarrassing.

The Centrist

October 1st, 2010
7:48 pm

Broun maybe a laughing stock, albino buffon, first class wacko, and one of the dumbest congressmen, he and his GOP friends whether in the majority or the minority, have made against or obstructed policy for the American public since 1994. Because of gerrymandering and Glory to the name of the Republic Conservative Party, there is not a darn thing you can do about it.


October 1st, 2010
8:45 pm

Pack your bags democrats nov. is getting close.


October 1st, 2010
8:46 pm

Today I received a call from North Dakota telling me to vote for Deal.. Why do these folks use robocalls from out of state? Isn’t our unemployment over 10%. I didn’t receive one call telling me to eat my vegies.
One thing I’m tired of though is paying the emergency room cost of obese folks who could have changed their diets. Most insurance policies cost $1000.00 a year to pay for uninsured. This guy might be a doctor but he sure doesn’t care about your or mine health. He surely doesn’t care about your expenses. The $1000.00 a year extra that I pay insurance companies to cover uninsured costs might not be a tax but it sure feels like one.


October 1st, 2010
10:20 pm

Anybody remember last year when the socialist CDC wanted us to wash our hands and use sanitizers? Ha, like that prevented millions of deaths from swine flu! (Wait, it did?)

Question Man

October 1st, 2010
10:28 pm

Is there any chance that Paul Broun will lose in the upcoming election?


October 2nd, 2010
12:18 am

I’m sick and tired of all the comments such as, “Paul Broun is a whacko, loon, buffoon, etc”. The government is getting too powerful and intrusive in our lives. We have the right to not have the govt tell us what to eat. We can make choices for ourselves. It’s almost ironic that the same liberals like those posting on this wall were probably the same ones yelling about how intrusive and unconstitutional the PATRIOT act was but now the govt. is trying to get access to emails, texts, etc and track people and I don’t hear a peep out of them.

Alabama Communist

October 2nd, 2010
12:51 am

But what’s troubling me now is that, if Broun has indeed latched onto the next frontier of socialism, what else may be out there? And is there anything more symbolic of gooey collectivism – perhaps communism itself — than a bowl of grits?* Jimbo

The Congressman might be out there on why Communists get fat or skinny, but Jim, have you look at yourself lately in a mirror, and wonder why you haven’t had the “Big One”?

The Centrist

October 2nd, 2010
2:31 am

Is there a difference between the CDC reporting that Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, and Broun saying that the report is forcing Americans to eat more?

The Centrist

October 2nd, 2010
2:35 am

With the for-profit healthcare system, it may be wise to eat more healthy foods. On the other with the desire by Broun for less government intervention of food safety regulations or food recalls, it may not be so wise.


October 2nd, 2010
2:46 am

For all those who hate our Government, go to Africa, parts of that continent do not have a Government, stay and enjoy yourselves, that is if you live long enough.


October 2nd, 2010
3:46 am

AJC, thanks for using this video! When I filmed it, I didn’t think it’d generate this kind of attention. I’m proud to have exposed Broun for the liar he is.

Travis McGee

October 2nd, 2010
5:54 am

The DNC should have financed a nightly, hour-long, program on national TV for the Tea Party and right-wing conservatives. Surely, when people hear the ignorance — the anti-science blatherings of these fools — they’d relegate them to the scrap heap of the 19th century.


October 2nd, 2010
6:00 am

I live in the 10th district, and I know why “we” keep electing this lunatic. Voters are told by talking heads like Limbaugh, and all right-wing Republicans that he is superior to any Democrat, who is bound to be the dreaded “liberal”. If only voters knew that Broun is so far off the deep end that he thinks Social Security is un-Constitutional.

Ray J. Johnson

October 2nd, 2010
6:02 am

To Z, and those like you:

Government is without a doubt a necessity, because as Madison pointed out long ago, men are not angels. The problem is that as the power of government grows the likelihood of corruption and abuse increases. Its just human nature.

Justice has a chance when we ask government to keep people from harming each other. But when we ask that it keep citizens from harming themselves, then we are investing it with power that will inevitably degrade individual liberties. I think this is Broun’s point.

I live in in his district, and he was once my physician (I soon found another!). I know he can be a wacko. I really couldn’t believe it when he won this seat. But I’ve got to say, when I look at his voting record, there’s nothing I have a problem with. At a time when Washington’s hubris knows no bounds I find the Congressman’s paranoia useful actually.


October 2nd, 2010
6:35 am

There is no chance Paul Broun loses in November.

Is Broun a fruit or a vegtable

October 2nd, 2010
7:37 am

If Broun was joking, why wasn’t anyone laughing?

Even though he wasn’t joking, any sane person would have burst out in derisive laughter! His comments and the audience reaction says it all.

This is a great clip! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Is Broun a fruit and his supporters vegetables?

October 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

Or as my mom used to say, “He’s nuttier than a fruit cake”

Broun’s supporters must be vegetables. Either that or they’ve chomped on one too many bags of pork rinds.

Fair Tax Now

October 2nd, 2010
7:50 am

Paul Broun is a good Conservative and that is what we need now. I don’t care what things he says about liberals and their policies. Comparing Obama to Hitler, I am fine with that cause Obama and his liberal friends are trying to control us. Liberals are anti-American, unpatriotic, and are committing treason in the way that they rule. Liberals would give this country to any world order.

Food Tax

October 2nd, 2010
8:05 am

What would be the federal sales tax rate on freedom fries under a Fair Tax system?


October 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

Is there any Medical facility out there that will claim Broun completed an internship with them. Given his attack on good nutrition, he must have been gerrymandered into his MD degree–if he really has one. Can we hear from the Georgia Medical Association on this? We know he is incapable as a politician and as a thinker, does anyone believe he is really a doctor?? Maybe one of his several ex-wives can provide further enlightenment on his degree of sanity? Speak up ladies, the 10th District needs your help now!!

The Centrist

October 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

@Fair Tax Now. And just do you think came up with the phrase “New World Order?” That liberal, anti-American, unpatriotic, and treasonist President George H.W. Bush.

Liberals Suck

October 2nd, 2010
8:40 am

Geez you liberals commenting are pure idiots. You are what is wrong with our country. Move to Russia and shut the hell up.


October 2nd, 2010
8:42 am

Did you know the government forces college students to study the Constitution! Mind control! Mind control!


October 2nd, 2010
8:54 am

“With 15 million unemployed individuals, the federal government should be more focused on relieving tax and regulatory burdens in order to spur growth in the economy.”

The sickening truth is that Americans have become so fat and lazy that they have no incentive to become entrepreneurs and create a product that people can’t wait to buy. Why are there so many successful immigrants in this country despite taxes and regulation?


October 2nd, 2010
9:05 am

To JD, are your crazy?? The gov’t does not force anyone to study the Constitution, otherwise an anti-Constitutionalist Obummer would not be living at 1600 Penn. Ave. Wash DC. And as to food, the gov’t does not know better. Six years ago I lost 40 pounds on the Aikens Diet, lots of protein and fat, very little carbs. People said you can’t eat that much fat and be health. You only do it intially and then taper off and take on a few more carbs. Anyway, I’ve had 2 complete physicals since then and I’m in the top 20% of healthy men over 60 years old. Get out of the way and let me have my bacon and eggs. Gov’t, go back to doing the things you are supposed to do like providing for a national defense.


October 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Oh, and by the way, you liberals have your panties in a wad because Broun believes in Constitutional government, government the way our Founders intended.


October 2nd, 2010
9:11 am

Sounds like this problem can be solved with a tax cut.

Keep doing this GOP

October 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

Renegade, if you thin Broun believes in the Constitution , i have some ocean front property in North Dakota to sell you.

Mr. Grumpy

October 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

Fair Tax Now–Go get back on your meds.

The last time I checked, there was nothing unpatriotic about disagreeing with government. It’s guys like you who are anti-American and unpatriotic because you’re an intolerant bore who would jail any American citizen who disagreed with conventional wisdom. Have you ever heard of the First Amendment, fool? Our Founding Fathers wanted it to protect unpopular opinions. See, free speech was so important to them, they made it the First Amendment and part of one of the greatest documents ever created by human beings. Do you get it?

Last Man Standing

October 2nd, 2010
10:25 am


“Did you know the government forces college students to study the Constitution”

Yes, that is a true statement – as far as it goes. They study the Constitution and obtain the “view” of the Constitution held by the teacher. The teachers obtain their “view” of the Constitution from their teachers in college who, more than likely, are liberals. The end result is predictable.