One of Michelle Obama’s signature accomplishments during her husband’s years as president was the 2010 implementation of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a bill that codified many of the then-first-lady’s changes to the national school lunch program.
But now, Republicans are wanting to gut the bill and roll back many of the regulations, and Obama is none too happy that her legacy is about to bite the dust.
Headlining an event on Friday for The Partnership for a Healthier America, a group she co-founded, Obama criticized opponents of her “healthy” school lunch changes as people who just “don’t care about your kid.”
Speaking to moderator and former chef Sam Kass at the event, Obama linked childhood obesity to unmarked calorie counts and confusing nutritional labels, saying “You just don’t know!” what you’re putting into your body.
Apparently, Michelle hasn’t been to a fast food or chain restaurant in quite a while, because pretty much all of them list their calorie counts these days, and nutrition guidelines are taught in schools as well.
Attacking Republican motives for wanting to roll back the regulations, as liberals are prone to do especially on this issue, Obama said, “Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap! This is where you really have to look at motives. You have to stop and think, why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you?! And why is that a partisan issue?”
“Like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap?” Obama asked. “Why would you celebrate that? Why would you sit idly and be ok with that? Because here’s the secret: If somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid. And we need to demand everyone to care deeply about our kids. That’s all we have.”
“You want to talk about nanny state and government intervention, well, you just buy the food and be quiet and you don’t need to know what is in it,” she added later. “That is essentially what a move like this is saying to you moms.”
So, here’s the problem, Mrs. Obama, and we’ll keep it simple. Government regulations usually do NOT accomplish what they intend to accomplish, often quite the opposite, and while eliminating childhood obesity is certainly a worthy goal, if you don’t have parent and student buy-in, government can accomplish nothing.
In fact, according to Fox News, researchers at the University of Vermont found that children actually “consumed fewer [fruits and vegetables] and wasted more during the school year immediately following implementation of the USDA rule” even though they actually added more fruits and vegetables to their trays.
So, where did all those healthy vittles go? Well, to the trash, of course! According to the report, average waste increased significantly to the extent that schools were having to come up with creative ways, like feeding the pigs at nearby farms.
— Maya (@mayawuertz) November 17, 2014
But let’s forget the other side to the story and just say Republicans want to kill your kids. That’s much more productive!
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