In a not surprising twist of logic, Michelle Obama insists that a federal law is what’s needed to keep children thin:
A food bill we need
Right now, our country has a major opportunity to make our schools and our children healthier. It’s an opportunity we haven’t seen in years, and one that is too important to let pass by.
The Child Nutrition Bill working its way through Congress has support from both Democrats and Republicans. This groundbreaking legislation will bring fundamental change to schools and improve the food options available to our children.
To start, the bill will make it easier for the tens of millions of children who participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program — and many others who are eligible but not enrolled — to get the nutritious meals they need to do their best. It will set higher nutritional standards for school meals by requiring more fruits, vegetables and whole grains while reducing fat and salt. It will offer rewards to schools that meet those standards. And it will help eliminate junk food from vending machines and a la carte lines — a major step that is supported by parents, health-experts, and many in the food and beverage industry.
Over the past year, I have met with community leaders and stakeholders from across the country — parents and teachers, school board members and principals, suppliers and food service workers — about the importance of making sure every child in America has access to nutritious meals at school. They all want what’s best for our children, and they all know how critical it is that we keep making progress.
As one would expect, this uses the usual Dem arguments of
1. it’s for the children!
2. it’s good for your health.
But here is the question:
Where are the local school boards, the parents, and the school administrators? Don’t they pay attention to what’s being served in school lunch programs even when that is one of the expenses in every public school district budget in the country?
If they don’t, they are remiss on their duties as parents and educators.
Cost-wise, local school boards are also the ones best suited to decide on what is best.
Additionally, children learn eating habits from their parents at an early age.
Of course, we’ll probably have to wait until Congress passes the bill to find out what pork the lobbyists and the Dems included in the “Nutrition” part.
Here’s a radical notion for Michelle: It is not the place of the federal government to dictate what is and is not served at our plates. It is our individual responsibility to ensure that we take care of our nutrition and that of our offspring.
And before Michelle boasts about the White House vegetable garden, she ought to have remembered how the produce initially was toxic, and also the time they had to substitute the vegs the Iron Chefs used.
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