Fat kids a “threat to National Security” – Huh? WTF?
Worry not America, the nannies in government have heard your bleating. They will tell you how and what to feed your kids – you’re saved! Blech…
Congress has passed and our dear comrade leader has signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – an integral part of Mrs. dear comrade’s “Let’s Move” campaign. The $4.5B addition to the deficit will be partially funded by taking $2.2B from the Food Stamp program (more here).
The new law aims to cut down on greasy foods and extra calories by giving the government power to decide what kinds of foods may be sold on school grounds, including in vending machines and at fundraisers. While the government has long had nutrition requirements for the free and reduced cost meals it subsidizes, the bill would expand those requirements to cover all foods sold during school hours. It does not apply to after-school events.
Bake sales and other fundraisers that don’t meet the new nutritional requirements would be allowed during the school day as long as they are infrequent. The language in the bill is broad enough that a president’s administration could even ban bake sales, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said that he does not intend to do that. The USDA has a year to write rules that decide how frequent is infrequent.
In a recent speech to gin up support for the bill, Mrs. dear comrade claimed that this bill will not only “save lives,” but that childhood obesity is a national security issue, or something. Huh? WTF? (story here)
“Military leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in the prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well.”
She also showed her disdain for individual freedom in proposing ever more government control over the sheeple (more here):
“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.”
So that’s it America – no more Happy Meals, we’re taking soda, chips and candy from vending machines and replacing them with juice, banana chips and celery sticks. You people are simply too stupid or too poor to feed your kids properly so we’ll do it for you. Because this is a national security issue.
Please make it stop…