All of the parent's comments are seeming to point toward one fact: refined sugars are simply bad for you. I did read, on Slashdot I believe, how rats had the desire to eat more after they ate high fructose corn syrup --it wasn't the case for corn syrup, only HFCS.
IIRC, the USA is the only country where our soda/pop have HFCS as the sweetener and not cane sugar. HFCS is in almost every processed food from bread to coffee creamer.
If you're in a poorer neighborhood, it's likely you don't have access to a standard grocery. I heard Whole Foods is tying to make a push into poorer neighborhoods in order to introduce healthier foods. They're starting in Detroit and I wish them success. If obese people don't get access to proper nutrition, then they're only going to make health care more expensive for those that do take care of themselves.
3. not be a nuisance in terms of noise, pollution, etc.
This is my primary concern. Have you (whoever is reading this, not parent) ever heard how loud those quadrocopters are? They'd only get louder if they're going to be able to haul heavier payloads, too. Imagining many of them noisily buzzing around at all times would only make me want to move further away from civilization, be damned the slower internet connection that would come with such a move.
Maybe they should start by requiring the military to demonstrate how everything it spends is in the 'National Interest'.
I think you'd lose a lot of pork.
The military has been doing that for years. These days, the primary skill needed by general officers is planning equipment and staff reductions while keeping some ability to fight. It's quite eye-opening to watch the talks by senior military staff that make their way to YouTube, and see e.g. an admiral talking about how the Navy plans to lose a carrier battle group - not in war, but to congress.
It's true that congress holds the purse strings for the military, but when over 60% of non-discretionary spending goes towards military spending, they're not going to suffer like paying down the national debt or stabilizing SS/Medicare. Their biggest problem are the spending cuts via sequester, but congress can always allocate emergency funds for anything they want and already have for some military spending.
Regarding the military demonstrate that they need something in 'national interest' to get funding is ludicrous. Just look at the F-35 Lightning II. That plane's construction has roots in almost every state (read section 7 Political Engineering). That's why you're not going to get rid of that pork so easily --even the Pentagon doesn't want F-35 features that the House is trying to force spending on.
Would I take a job there? Probably not, largely because (post Snowden) I'd be concerned I'd be put in a position whether I have to choose between betraying my principles or betraying my promises.
I have a feeling 'Slashdot User ID' is a checkmark against anyone wanting to get hired by a TLA-agency --News for nerds, Stuff that matters, Yo!