Fat Lot of Good That’ll Do

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It sounded like a good idea — Michelle Obama would get involved in a campaign to reduce childhood obesity. Obesity is a problem, yes, and a good cause for the First Lady. But, today, advocacy must always be paired with legislation.

An AP news story provides all you really need to know:

A child nutrition bill on its way to President Barack Obama — and championed by the first lady — gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers that health advocates say sometimes replace wholesome meals in the lunchroom.

So now we are to have federal government’s micro-mismanagement reach far beyond the curriculum. The basic idea being . . . give up on parents. Give up on local control. Go, Washington!

Our national nannies took special care with the bill’s language, adding the category of school fundraisers as a special target of the regulations. Apparently, they can’t stand the fact that, on special occasions, mothers and fathers bake up sugary treats to sell, to support special school activities that affect their kids.

I guess they want us to sell broccoli.

Yup. That’ll send the school band to Disneyland.

The whole bill is a bad idea, and not just because Washington can’t tell special occasions from one’s day-in/day-out diet. The very singling out of special fundraisers for federal attention shows just how far into our lives Washington’s busybodies believe they can insert themselves.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

15 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dec
    6
    10:00
    AM
    Christian Duque

    If the government can regulate speech at schools and in loco parentis suggests that schools take the place of parents for 8hrs out of the day, then maybe the schools can be better parents to children than those they were born to.

    Obesity is just the tip of the iceberg. The onset of diabetes, heart disease, and even stroke would be the more shocking factors.

    I understand this type of ‘news story’ allows the conservative tea bagger population to attack the First Lady, the President, the Federal Government, but you obesity isn’t a partisan issue.

  2. Dec
    6
    10:57
    AM
    Michael Smith

    I am not morally responsible for the obesity of my neighbor’s children or any other expenses or problems said obesity may cause.

    The parents — and the parents alone — made the decision to bring the child into this world. The parents — and the parents alone — must bear responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Justice demands nothing less.

    I had no part in the parent’s decision to have the child — I was not consulted about it — and I had no power to prevent it. To make ME pay for the consequences of the parent’s actions is the very definition of injustice.

    Yet this injustice is precisely what people like Christian Duque advocate when they blithely suggest that government assume responsibility for “solving” some problem. It means ultimately the solving of one man’s (or couple’s) “problems” by forcing some other individuals to pay for it.

    But my life belongs to me, Mr. Duque, not to you, not to society, not to my neighbors and not to Looter-in-Chief Obama and his revolting band of fellow power-lusters in Congress. So I say to hell with you and your schemes for practicing charity with my money. Spend your own money and leave me alone.

  3. Dec
    6
    11:46
    AM
    Ellen

    And Michelle has nothing better to do? This is nonsense. The best thing the federal government can do for us is stay out of our lives. I guess the current Empress and her dozens of “staff” people are looking for something to do. What is next? Reagan said ” The most frightening thing that can be said to anyone is “I’m from the government and I am here to help. With the current problems we have in this country — this is crazy.

  4. Dec
    6
    11:48
    AM
    Ellen

    What — another co-president? We have enough!

  5. Dec
    6
    11:49
    AM
    Ellen

    Should have said “we have HAD enough.: Sorry

  6. Dec
    6
    12:12
    PM
    Drik

    First lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood hunger and fight childhood obesity, proceeds with her pet bill being approved by Congress. $4.5 billion in taxpayer dollars to fund healthier school meals and hire the enforcers to make sure that it is done. Cutting down on greasy foods and extra calories and providing government mandated “healthier” meals. Is Michelle the new Hildebeast? The Martinet-in-waiting? The new string-puller for a weak guy that would never have gotten far on his own?

    I recall in grade school that we had a health conscious food-planner at the elementary school I attended. She was bound and determined that we were going to have healthy meals. All kinds of salmon cakes, broccoli, cauliflower, other vegetables, carefully spooned onto trays and presented to the hungry children, who dutifully carried the trays out to their tables, had a rauchous lunch, and then dutifully carried it up to the clearing lines where it was dumped in the trash and then hauled out to the landfill. And the hungry children then went back to class and dreamed of PB&J sandwiches.

    But maybe children are different now.

  7. Dec
    6
    12:17
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    Drik

    The problem is that this little nudge is nor going to be effective, because the unenlightened parents are undermining it at home.

    Obviously the government needs to get more involved, to start going into people’s homes, “for the children”, to protect them from their inadequate parents. Perhaps they could set up a program whereby the children could report their parents not toeing the government line so that the government could take the parents away to be re-educated.

    That’ll work.

  8. Dec
    6
    2:33
    PM
    Allen

    “Apparently, they can’t stand the fact that, on special occasions, mothers and fathers bake up sugary treats to sell”

    Well that’s the problem isn’t it? The fact that mothers and fathers bake sugary treats at all is proof positive that they are not qualified to be parents. The government needs to intervene in what is probably already being labeled Domestic Violence in some circles.

  9. Dec
    6
    2:52
    PM
    Allen

    Christian Duque, if you are going to insist on using crude sexual slurs to refer to your political opponents, maybe you need to fill us in on the proper term for those of your political persuasion. That is, those who are on the receiving end?

  10. Dec
    6
    5:14
    PM
    lanczos

    The first poster simply Makes The Case For Conservatives: There is absolutely nothing that these greedy little totalitarians don’t want to control.

  11. Dec
    6
    11:12
    PM
    Darby

    So go ahead and sell ‘healthy’ food.

    Free cupcake with purchase of $1 green bean.

    Free cake with purchase of $5 stalk of celery.

  12. Dec
    7
    10:34
    AM
    SweetLiberty

    This is but a symptom of the disease. By abdicating our children to public education, we allow the government to make up the rules. Michelle Obama is simply creating one more rule, one which many supporters like Christian Duque will applaud. Perhaps someday government will create a rule which Mr. Duque will find intolerable; but then again, he seems content to accept whatever any government official wants to shove down his throat.

  13. Dec
    7
    1:05
    PM
    John Reed

    Paul,
    How about advocating/organizing a National Bake Sale Day. Civil disobedience on a massive scale is the only thing that will get the Federal Government to back off.

  14. Dec
    8
    7:52
    AM
    Lyle R Rolfe

    I don’t know which one is goofier–Michelle or the big O. The kids don’t eat the items purchased at the bake sales in place of lunch. The sales are held at different times and the parents are doing the buying, not the kids. But Michelle probably never attended a school bake sale and she probably has no idea how much every school needs he few dollars they raise by selling goods that parents take the time to prepare and sell. It’s a shame neither she or or her husband have not even the smallest clue of what happens in the real world outside of their world.

  15. Dec
    10
    11:08
    AM
    MoreFreedom

    How about getting government out of the schooling (and also education funding) business? Then there wouldn’t be any discussion of using force regarding:
    school lunch health
    fights over creationism/Dawwinism
    textbook content
    public teacher’s unions
    religion in schools
    paying for illegal alien education
    and other school/education issues
    Subsidizing parents at non-parents expense

    Wouldn’t that be simpler?

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