Acting as though she wields limitless influence over decisions made in public schools, Michelle Obama has not been shy in issuing decrees dictating what foods may be offered to the next generation. While the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise are important lessons to teach our youth, one unelected, unaccountable woman’s opinion on the issue should not be given such overarching discretion.
As it turns out, however, the first lady is not simply interested in restricting what foods students can eat; she also wants to decide what they are allowed to see!
“The idea here is simple,” she said Tuesday in conjunction with the announcement of new Department of Agriculture rules; “our classrooms should be healthy places where kids aren’t bombarded with ads for junk food.”
Obama, whose high-calorie, fat-laden meal at this month’s White House state dinner is likely still digesting, asserted that she knows best when it comes to school advertising.
While she mentioned classrooms, the new regulations extend much further than individual areas of learning. According to an Associated Press report, school gymnasiums that currently have scoreboards sponsored by Coca-Cola, for instance, will be forced to remove any references to the sugary soft drink.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said his agency “is committed to working closely with students, parents, school stakeholders and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines,” though by most accounts it seems Michelle Obama is the primary source of the new restrictions.
She has already prevented schools from offering foods students are actually willing to eat, forcing cafeterias to serve breakfasts and lunches consisting of components that typically end up directly in the trash. In addition to the latest advertising rules, the administration is expanding taxpayer subsidies for school nutrition programs. This effectively means that the government will use even more of the money it confiscates from hardworking Americans to purchase meals that students will never even eat.
Apparently, this all makes sense to Michelle Obama and the nannies in charge of the Department of Agriculture.
–B. Christopher Agee
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