The ever-growing and ever-expanding nanny state is putting a stop to certain school bake sales.
Just when one thinks the Obama administration cannot get any more absurd or intrude more into our personal lives, something like this (dated December 3, 2010) comes along (Associated Press):
A child nutrition bill on its way to President Barack Obama — and championed by the first lady — gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers that health advocates say sometimes replace wholesome meals in the lunchroom.And here is another interesting aspect of the legislation:
The legislation, part of first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to stem childhood obesity, provides more meals at school for needy kids, including dinner, and directs the Agriculture Department to write guidelines to make those meals healthier. The legislation would apply to all foods sold in schools during regular class hours, including in the cafeteria line, vending machines and at fundraisers.
Public health groups pushed for the language on fundraisers, which encourages the secretary of Agriculture to allow them only if they are infrequent. The language is broad enough that a president’s administration could even ban bake sales, but Secretary Tom Vilsack signaled in a letter to House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., this week that he does not intend to do that. The USDA has a year to write rules that decide how frequent is infrequent.
It wouldn’t apply to...concession stands at sports events.Before cursing Obama, although he does deserve such curses, keep in mind that Congress had to pass the bill in order for the President to sign it. The American people did elect this administration of hope and change in 2008.
Furthermore, because school districts accept federal funds, the federal government has the ability to interfere in any number of way on those campuses.
Has America lost an understanding of the following?
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. - Ronald Reagan