First Lady Michelle Obama’s announcement Tuesday that schools will be prohibited from marketing junk food to kids seems nice. Obvious even. It’s terrible that schools allow kids access to this garbage.
But as usual, it’s left to conservatives to be the grinch at the free-stuff party. To seem like we’ve got a War Against Children going on.
You see, the thing is, Michelle isn’t just good ‘ole Michelle. She’s the government. And this is all going to end very badly.
I have great empathy for the first lady’s goals. Kids are too fat. They need to shape up. But if, as Patrick Henry once observed, it’s better to be dead than without liberty, then certainly it’s better to be fat.
Because look what happens here. This is from Michelle’s remarks:
We’re issuing new school wellness guidelines to help build healthier learning environments for our kids. And as part of this effort, we’ll be eliminating advertisements for unhealthy food and beverages in our schools. Because I think we can all agree that our classrooms should be healthy places where kids are not bombarded with ads for junk food.
And these new marketing guidelines are actually part of a broader effort to inspire companies to rethink how they market food to kids in general. Because the fact is, today, the average child watches thousands of food advertisements each year, and 86 percent of these ads are for products loaded with sugar, fat or salt.
And, by contrast, our kids see an average of just one ad a week for healthy products like water, fruits and vegetables. Just one.
So that’s why we convened the first ever White House Summit on food marketing to children, where I urged businesses to stop marketing unhealthy foods to our kids and do more to get kids excited about healthy foods. And that same principle should apply to our schools.
Do you see where this leads? Mrs. Obama is starting with the schools, but she’s already dragging companies into the White House to bust their chops over the way they advertise in the free market. Some will make a few changes, some won’t. And when the response is insufficient, the government will show up at their doors with new regulations and restrictions on their speech.
And then the feds will be removing their products from the shelves because, after all, Little Debbie’s snacks kill, just like cigarettes.
BUT I HAVE THE RIGHT TO KILL MYSELF WITH HOHOS IF I WANT.
Of course, it will all be done in the name of the children. Or reducing health care costs. Or some other rationale for finding new crevices for government’s tentacles to insert themselves into.
Our second announcement today focuses on school breakfast, and I cannot possibly overstate how important this is, because right now, millions of children in this country are showing up for school hungry every day. And too many kids aren’t eating breakfast even when it’s provided because they feel like there’s a stigma with participating in the school breakfast program. And this is happening here in the wealthiest country on Earth, and it’s intolerable.
And that’s why we’re expanding our school breakfast program, ensuring that nearly 9 million kids in 22,000 schools start their day with a nutritious breakfast. And as you all know, this doesn’t just affect their health, it affects their performance in school. In fact, a recent study showed that kids who eat a healthy breakfast perform 17.5 percent better on math tests, and they have fewer disciplinary problems.
Okay, well, she leaves out one salient feature here. Those breakfasts are free. They’re welfare. The welfare also – talk about creeping socialism – includes children who can afford the meals. And the kids get free lunches too. According to Politico:
Obama also announced an expansion of a program through which school districts that have 40 percent or more children eligible for free or reduced lunch will now be able to serve free breakfast and lunch to all of their students. By July 1, the expansion of universal free lunch and breakfast is expected to include 22,000 schools and serve as many as 9 million children.
In a nation in which the use of food stamps is out of control, we’ve established schools as additional outlets for free food. Remember, someone pays for it. You pay for it. It’s not a gift from the farmers.
Nine million children with more than half their daily food intake paid for by taxpayers.
Welfare. Government curbs on freedom. It’s the insidious underbelly of Michelle’s anti-fat movement.
Maybe children will lose some weight. And as the government increases its purview over our lives, we’ll all be poorer, with less money to purchase healthy whole foods.
And then the kids will start getting fat again.