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It’s not really about food. Michelle Obama thinks that your kids belong to the government. In a softball, monstrous interview with MSN, she spews her elitist garbage, which joins the stuff kids are throwing out of her lunches.
Before coming to the White House, I struggled, as a working parent with a traveling, busy husband, to figure out how to feed my kids healthy, and I didn’t get it right. Our pediatrician had to pull me aside and point out some things that were going wrong. I thought to myself, if a Princeton and Harvard educated professional woman doesn’t know how to adequately feed her kids, then what are other parents going through who don’t have access to the information I have?
How about that? You need a Princeton and Harvard education to not know how to feed your kids. I guess those mommas who were raised without those credentials can’t cook a can of beans. Maybe she should have said this: if a Princeton and Harvard educated professional woman doesn’t know how to adequately feed her kids, then maybe she should take a lesson from stay-at-home moms who only graduated high school.
The House Appropriations Committee has voted to implement waivers for school districts who want to opt out of Michelle’s no-soup-for-you menu. And none too soon, since the trash in some of these lunchrooms is overflowing with uneaten food.
MSN tries to tie the opt-out effort to a lobbying group, the School Nutrition Association, which they say is funded by Coke, Pepsi, and Domino’s. They neglect to mention that Dole, ADM, and most major food suppliers are also supporters, and the largest donor, the National Dairy Council. Is milk about to become verboten on the menu? They also neglect to mention that the SNA supported the new menu standards before they changed their position.
I think the reason they switched is clear: the good-tasting, healthy, California-style, chef-prepared food that a Princeton and Harvard educated working mother (with all the money to buy that) envisioned for our lunchrooms is a far cry from the institutional version that meets the new standards. From WaPo:
“We can’t force students to eat something they don’t want,” said Lyman Graham, food service director for consolidated schools near Roswell, N.M. “Many families in the Southwest will not accept whole-grain tortillas.
“Schools can’t change cultural preferences,” Graham added. “And with sky-high produce costs, we simply cannot afford to feed our trash cans.”
The larger issue here isn’t Michelle Obama’s oblivious disconnectedness from normal America outside of 5-star hotels and first-class travel, it’s her view that moms don’t know how to feed their kids, and that the government owns them.
It’s so important for our schools to make the hard calls for our kids, because parents are struggling enough at home. So once you make that decision to set the rules, you don’t want to be undermined when your kids go to school and have some sweet cereal for breakfast with chocolate milk followed by a donut and then a burger and fries for lunch. That’s why we’re in the state that we’re in right now, in regards to the epidemic of childhood obesity.
What nonsense! Kids are obese because they sit on their behinds all day playing video games, watching the idiot box, and not going outside to play and run. Student athletes have complained that the new lunches are not satisfying, and the third-world portions designed for dieting couch-sitters leave them hungry and low on energy.
The typical liberal response to a perceived “something has to be done!” isn’t to look at the cause, but to find the most uncomfortable shoe, and force everyone’s feet into it. The one-lunch-fits-all government Leviathan knows best, and it’s the government’s job “to make the hard calls for our kids.” I’ve got some news for you, Mrs. Obama, they’re not “our” kids, they’re my kids, and every parent’s kids to raise.
Listen, it’s not a bad idea to offer healthy food at schools. Or parents can allow their kids to brown-bag lunch and eat whatever those parents want to serve. But force-feeding these standards on schools is one more step toward taking parenting away from parents and giving it to The Village (aka Uncle Sugar-free).
Michelle Obama vows to fight “until the bitter end” on her school menus. I am pretty sure that the kids eating those lunches think the food they’re getting is what’s bitter. Hopefully we can get some intelligent Democrats in the Senate to pass the waiver bill before the new school year brings another season of lunch-trash.