Michelle Obama on Feds Controlling What Kids Eat in School: “We Can’t Just Leave It Up to the Parents”
The nanny state marches on:
Speaking at Monday’s signing ceremony for the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act”– a law that will subsidize and regulate what children eat before school, at lunch, after school, and during summer vacations in federally funded school-based feeding programs — First Lady Michelle Obama said of deciding what American children should eat: “We can’t just leave it up to the parents.”
The law for the first time gives the federal government the authority to regulate the food sold at local schools, including in vending machines.
Here is the full quote so you can’t accuse me of taking it out of context:
“But when our kids spend so much of their time each day in school, and when many children get up to half their daily calories from school meals, it’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well,” Mrs. Obama said. “We can’t just leave it up to the parents. I think that parents have a right to expect that their efforts at home won’t be undone each day in the school cafeteria or in the vending machine in the hallway. I think that our parents have a right to expect that their kids will be served fresh, healthy food that meets high nutritional standards.”
In other words, we can’t just leave it to the parents to teach their children how to behave when the parents aren’t around. Nor (and this is really the issue) can we leave such issues to the control of the benighted locals. At such times, it is necessary for the benevolent federal government to step in. “I’m from the [federal] government and I’m here to help.” That’s ten terrifying words, Ron; I added one.
The story leaves you wondering who is in charge:
Obama said that if the bill had not reached his desk for his signature, “I would be sleeping on the couch.”
Now if you’ll excuse him, he has a party to get to. He has been keeping the First Lady waiting.
The law has been championed by the first lady as part of her campaign to end childhood obesity. Michelle Obama said that while it may seem ironic to be addressing childhood hunger and obesity at the same time, “it’s really just two sides of the same coin.”
Obama said that if he called that quote ridiculous he’d be sleeping on the couch.
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