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Michelle Obama – America’s unelected food czar

Michelle Obama – America’s unelected food czar

There is a plethora of Obama-sponsored liberal, progressive, dangerous, and nonsensical policies to be outraged by, but Mrs. Obama’s pet project of force feeding America’s children what she deems “healthy”  makes me want to throw a lunch tray in her general direction.

She’s determined to waste American taxpayer dollars on unwanted Socialistic policy:

“There’s a lot of money involved in feeding our kids at school. We are currently spending $10 billion a year — did you hear that, $10 billion a year — on our school lunch programs. So it’s not surprising that there are certain interests that are resisting change and trying to take us back to the old ways of doing business, because for them there’s a lot of money is on the line. But you all have a right to expect that your hard-earned tax dollars will be spent on food that meets basic nutrition standards. It’s as simple as that.”

Ten billion tax paid dollars on food the kids don’t want and end up throwing away, and she’s blaming “certain interests”?  Probably not the same “certain interests” at her kid’s school:

“With public school students using #ThanksMichelleto tweet photos of their skimpy, stomach-turning school lunches, I decided to look at what Michelle Obama’s daughters are served at Sidwell Friends school, and it turns out the girls dine on lunches from menus designed by chefs.

While the Obama daughters have enjoyed dishes like chicken coconut soup, local butternut squash soup, crusted tilapia,they also get their fill of what Mrs. Obama might consider junk food.

This week, for example, they’ll enjoy meatball subs, BBQ wings, and ice cream, in addition to chicken curry, deviled egg salad and the intriguing “Chef’s Choice.”

Sidwell Friends has even been rated the #1 School Lunch program in America.”

 

It’s pretty clear kids AND schools aren’t interested in Michelle Obama’s hypocritical idea that she knows what’s best for American kids.  Or what’s best for school districts:

“The School Nutrition Association, an industry-backed group that represents school cafeteria workers and originally supported the standards, has now turned against them. The association says it fully supports getting kids to eat healthier but says many districts are losing money because students aren’t buying the healthier lunches.

More than 1 million fewer students eat lunch at school each day since the first round of standards went into effect in 2012, following decades of steadily increasing participation, said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the association, citing federal data. A second round of rules, including standards for school breakfasts, took effect July 1.

“How can we call these standards a success when they are driving students away from the program?” she said.”

When the people who probably know a little more about school lunch programs than a self-admitted french fry junkie comes out and bans her “nutrition advisor” from speaking at their conference, you know Mrs. Obama is pushing a bad idea:

 “Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass was not allowed to speak at this week’s School Nutrition Association’s convention in Boston, likely to promote a message of fighting unhealthy eating, but the group said no, having complained to Congress about regulations that lead to waste and not feeding kids food they’ll actually eat.”

Every parent can admit to the challenges of getting their kids to eat healthy food.  I’ve had my share of table battles with a five year old staring down a plate of carrots.  And, amazingly enough, not one of my kids died or got obese from peanut butter sandwiches in a sack lunch or mac and cheese for a week straight because carrots on their plate touching any other food made them “sad and throw-uppy”.

The issue isn’t so much about the “the children”….it’s about thrusting yet another controlling progressive government program onto Americans.  It is a perfect example of progressiveness – the “experts” know better than you and I, and by God, they are going to legislate the peons into eating exactly what they feel is best for us.  While sending their own children to private schools with chefs preparing their lunches.

And this is the wife of the President.  Not elected to anything by anyone.  Demanding legislation to force TAXPAYERS to pay for unwanted programs for their children.  Ponder that for a while, ok?

As my grandmother used to say to people meddling in other people’s personal lives and decisions:  “Tend to your own knitting”.

Indeed.  Maybe start with your husband, Mrs. Obama.  There’s a pet project for you.

 

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4 Comments
  • Spot on Catherine, as always!

  • david7134 says:

    I am a cardiologist with 40 years experience. I have never, ever understood what “eating healthy” means. I saw the development of the movement to eliminate fats from food and, falling back on my biochemistry background, could not understand the concern. Recent articles on diet have supported my position that fats in foods does not cause harm and is actually a necessity. I have never, ever seen a condition that was directly caused by a high cholesterol and cholesterol lowering does not lead to improved health, in fact, the opposite can be argued.

    Then there is the issue of salt. Salt is necessary for life and is what makes food taste good. Excess is not necessarily good, but to reduce salt in the average individual does nothing. The same argument as fats.

    I have argued these issues in Federal court as an expert witness and won my points. The only thing that food does is that in excess it makes you fat. School meals will not alter this, only life style choices. And that is your business, not the governments.

  • Gordon says:

    Instead of wasting taxpayer money on food the children don’t want, put that money into giving the children PE and recess. So many schools don’t offer children time to be active during the school day because of budget cutbacks. Any food turns to fat if individuals do not move around! Exercise helps the whole person including the brain! The government, especially non-elected, untrained non-experts, need to do only their job description as listed in the US Constitution!

  • jayleigh says:

    When i was in elementary school in the late 1940’s & early 1950’s, we played hard at recess! We jumped rope, played Red Rover, drew Hopscotch grids and jumped ourselves silly, and in winter when there was enough snow, we made the biggest fox-and-geese ring we could and ran that ring until we were breathless. There was no teacher on playground duty, and no one got more than a skinned knee, if that. There were no bullies (contrary to Hollywood’s version of those years), and sometimes we girls played together, as did the boys, but mostly, we played together. i have looked back at old class photos from those days, and by gum! There wasn’t an even slightly overweight child in any of them. Partly because we walked to school – there wasn’t a father in the land who would have considered driving his child to school on the way to work. Not even in the deepest, snowiest cold of winter! We walked to school; we walked home from school. We played hard at morning recess and at p.m. recess. When we came in from recess, the teachers had us put our heads down on our desks for a little “catch your breath” time and they read a chapter of a book to us before we went back to regular tutorial time Even in “the city”, when i started junior high in 7th grade, i took a bag lunch, and i walked almost a mile to and from school. School lunches started because “poor” parents complained they “couldn’t afford” to send a lunch to school with each of their children. Well, it’s a matter of priorities – they fed them lunch during holidays and vacations, didn’t they? (or maybe the kids went hungry – (fat chance). Now, many schools have taken recess of the schedule, but added computers… (maybe in the hopes the kids will never develop fat fingers?) i have nothing against computers, but they are used to the extent that the classroom teacher is only a monitor while kids study all day long on the ‘puters. Some schools no longer teach cursive writing, and they don’t worry too much about spelling because computers spell check. Yet, teachers complain there isn’t enough teaching time in the day, so recesses have to be axed. Kids learn a lot at recess – cooperation, team play, sharing, and losing gracefully – skills adults need every day in the work-a-day world. So… all schools need to scrap MO’s lunch program, give the kids nourishing, tasty, well-planned meals (or save money and let the parents pack lunches for their kids); and then reinstate the 3-a-day recesses. Betcha the kids’ brains will be oxygenated after recess so they can learn more easily, and if they are taught to play Red Rover and in wintery states, Fox-and-Geese, the obesity rate among school-aged children would drop dramatically!

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