Obama Administration Issues 160 Page Edict On School Snacks

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Having solved all the really big problems in the federal government, the Obama administration has now turned to micromanaging the snacks available for purchase in public schools across the nation.

The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks.

The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for “competitive” foods not included in the official school meal.

In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions.

“Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children’s overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school day,” the proposed rule states.

Let’s set aside for a moment the “obesity crisis,” which I don’t think is so much a “crisis” as a narrative cooked up to justify more control over our day-to-day lives, and talk about the practicality of this sort of policy.

How in the world is the federal government going to monitor what’s in the vending machines of every public school in America? Is that really the sort of top-down, one-size-fits-all policy we need? Is it something our federal government, $16 trillion in debt and unable to accomplish something as central to its function as a budget, ought to be concerning itself with?

In a nation where we have state governments and municipal governments and school boards, do we really need a lengthy federal directive on what sort of snacks kids can and can’t buy in school?

Maybe vending machines and snacks in our schools should be a local school district issue, and the federal government ought to attend to its own issues.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • $8194357

    What communist agenda?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    89 million unemployed, 16 trillion dollar deficit, so let’s waste everyones time on school snacks. yeah, that makes sense

    • Roy_Bean

      But this is for the children, don’t you care about the children? After all, it’s their money that we are spending, we should spend some of it on them.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Besides, we can always print more… fire up them presses!

    • $8194357

      And Rome burns around them.

  • Thresherman

    Obesity is rampant among Senators and Congressmen also, so they should apply these rules the Capital and congressional office buildings as well. But since liberals specialize in making rules that only apply to other people, this will never happen.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Who gives these buffoon’s the power to tell out kids what they’re going to eat. This isn’t Russia or Cuba.

    • two_amber_lamps

      This isn’t Russia or Cuba.

      Oh, but we’re well on our way! Hannitard, Gusty, and the happy horde of leftists are so looking forward to the Brave New World!

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      There is far more personal freedom in Russia and, considering the nature of Caribbean/South American people, I would guess that there is more there as well. It is uncommon, if not unheard of, for totalitarian governments to regulate down to the levels we are seeing. These people are nuts.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    What’s next; a daily ration of “Obama chow?”

    • two_amber_lamps

      “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Soylent Green!”

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        By the time this turd gets flushed out of office, soylent green will be a treat to be served with roach-sh*t paté.

        • nac

          LOL…10X

        • opinion8ed

          Funny…

        • two_amber_lamps

          Nummy!

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      You mean the dog?

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    It’s official: We’re governed by certifiable loons. This level of hubris, of know-it-all nanny-statism, is historical. Can anyone come up with any previous example of such broad-spectrum governmental regulation of the details of personal life? This is beyond traditional European socialism. This is not found in the most vicious of 20th-century totalitarian states. No … we are headed for (well into?) something quite different and quite intolerable. What is done now with diet nonsense will enter every aspect of our lives as Obamacare kicks in. This is not even debatable.

    • two_amber_lamps

      This is not even debatable.

      Judging from the fact that the likes of bobo and bobby’sworld, who would argue the conclusion that water is wet… you are very likely to STILL have takers.

    • $8194357

      And he got to lecture the nation on the dangers of football and
      sports injuries in the name of “for the sake of the children”.
      Barry sees all and knows all…liberals are tyrants…

  • opinion8ed

    How about they use your BMI to determine whether you are at the government approved weight and if so allow you to eat junk food…why punish those who are not overweight.. Government get put of our business

  • yy4u2

    This administration should really have something like “if it hasn’t been screwed up, just wait until we do something about it” in its motto.

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