The Washington Free Beacon inadvertently narcs out school pepper smuggling rings.

That's... not a euphemism. The kids are smuggling pepper and salt into the schools, and selling it*.

Geez, guys, keep it down. What’s gonna happen if some other administrator – one with more slavish devotion to the ill-thought-out nutrition guidelines peddled by the Obama administration than good sense – sees this, and starts cracking down on the pepper suppliers? Will all those poor kids – whose plight, again, is solely the responsibility of the Democratic party – really thank you for letting the cat out of the bag?

During a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) 76% (R., Ind.), a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana.

Aside from everything else: this is likely going to be about the only education in checkbook economics that some of these kids ever get.  Because clearly the schools aren’t going to teach them about how a market can always adjust to changing conditions, if you only let it. Personally, I’d rather that they not learn this stuff in the context of evading inane rules set up by Barack Obama (I bet you his kids don’t lack for pepper), but I have to work with what I do have, not what I want to have.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: As for the ethics of smuggling items that are not actually pernicious: do not insult my cultural heritage, thank you very much. Seriously. I think that I can sue people for doing that, now.

Rudyard Kipling is marvelous, is he not? – The answer is ‘yes,’ by the way. Just to be clear about it. Also: if you can find that album (Michael Longcor), you will love it.

*Alternate subtitle: THE SPICE MUST FLOW.

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