As reported, Michelle Obama thinks America's parents need her help in providing better nutrition to America's school children.
Speaking at Monday's signing ceremony for the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act”-- a law that will subsidize and regulate what children eat before school, at lunch, after school, and during summer vacations in federally funded school-based feeding programs -- First Lady Michelle Obama said of deciding what American children should eat: “We can’t just leave it up to the parents."
And this tidbit pops up: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act expands federal subsidies to school meal programs by 6 cents per meal and gives the government more authority to regulate the types of food available to students in lunch lines as well as vending machines. The law also covers fundraisers and could limit bake sales and pizza parties that occur during school hours.
Bake sales, pizza parties and fundraisers? Really? We need government controls in all that? Looking at a photo taken at the event, I see Speaker Pelosi there. I guess Grandma MiMi wants a San Francisco kind of totalitarian rule in school nutrition, too.
Sounds like the control freak residing within the First Lady has run amok. The price tag for the new nutrition program will cost $4.5 billion over the next ten years. Besides a pilot program for organic foods, the schools will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner to qualifying students. Sounds as though Michelle is taking parents out of the equation all together.
And then Barack threw Michelle under the bus. See, it really wasn't him that wanted to earmark all that money and new laws from the Agriculture Department, it was Michelle. She made him do it.
Obama said that if the bill had not reached his desk for his signature, “I would be sleeping on the couch.”
The law has been championed by the first lady as part of her campaign to end childhood obesity. Michelle Obama said that while it may seem ironic to be addressing childhood hunger and obesity at the same time, “it’s really just two sides of the same coin.”
Wow. That Michelle runs a tight ship, doesn't she? First she has Barack scurrying from a joint press conference with former President Clinton by saying he can't keep her waiting any longer for a Christmas party. Now she has coerced him into signing legislation. She's got the leader of the free world on a short leash. Poor Barack. He doesn't even realize how inane these remarks sound. If he wants to abandon responsibilities, stop blaming the wife. Man up and take responsibility.
First Mama, Big Mama. Don't mess with Michelle.
The federal nanny state now extends to the U.S. Department of Agriculture making inspections at public schools nationwide to monitor the food served in school lunch programs and in vending machines, too.
For good measure, Michelle Obama frames her signature legislation as a national security concern. Pass her demands, or the terrorists win, I suppose is the theory. Michelle even wore her fancy looking suede boots for the occasion.
You know who I think are a security risk? Real terrorists. And GITMO detainees. And jihadists. Not the school lunch programs. Maybe the problem is a country used to every meal super-sized. Maybe the problem is that poor folks can't afford fresh produce on a food stamp budget. Maybe the problem is fast food hamburgers are cheaper than real food from the grocery store. And, maybe in some cases it is just plain old laziness. I know, that's not politically correct. But the solution to overweight children is not a governmental takeover of the lunch room or vending machines. It is basic education and an informed decision making process.
What's next? Monitoring baby bottles for soda instead of organic fruit juice and spring water?
And, what about the waste that will occur from school cafeteria workers tossing out uneaten food?
There is indeed no such thing as a free lunch. Congratulations, taxpayer. You are paying for this intrusion sponsored by the First Lady.
Watch here as Michelle Obama indoctrinates America: