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Obama To Control School Vending Machines

From, appropriately enough, the ‘Politics’ section of the New York Times:

New Guidelines Planned on School Vending Machines

By RON NIXON
February 20, 2012

WASHINGTON — The government’s attempt to reduce childhood obesity is moving from the school cafeteria to the vending machines.

The Obama administration is working on setting nutritional standards for foods that children can buy outside the cafeteria. With students eating 19 percent to 50 percent of their daily food at school, the administration says it wants to ensure that what they eat contributes to good health and smaller waistlines. The proposed rules are expected within the next few weeks

Efforts to restrict the food that schoolchildren eat outside the lunchroom have long been controversial

Why should children, or for that matter, anyone else have a choice what kind of food they want to buy with their own money? Choice is only for abortion.

No details of the proposed guidelines have been released, but health advocates and snack food and soft drink industry representatives predict that the rules will be similar to those for the government’s school lunch program, which reduced amounts of sugar, salt and fat.

And never mind that these laws are emanating from the White House, and probably the unelected First Lady, and not Congress.

Those rules set off a fight between parents and health advocates on one side, who praised the standards, and the food industry, which argued that some of the proposals went too far.

Yes, it’s the parents against the food industry — Big Snacks. Not the government against kids and parents.

Members of Congress stepped in to block the administration from limiting the amount of potatoes children could be served and to allow schools to continue to count tomato paste on a pizza as a serving of vegetables

Where does Congress get off limiting the power of the First Lady like that?

Nancy Huehnergarth, executive director of the New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance in Millwood, N.Y., said she expected a similar fight over the vending machine rules.

“I think the food and beverage industry is going to fight tooth and nail over these rules,” Ms. Huehnergarth said

Everyone else will be tickled pink to have another freedom taken away.

By the way, how long will it before before it is illegal to sell ‘unhealthy’ snacks within so many thousand feet of a school?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Obama To Control School Vending Machines”

  1. Petronius

    Our masters in Washington know what is best for us.

  2. P. Aaron

    They told me if I voted or McCain we’d end up with a dictator in the white house, and they were right!

  3. David

    My wife and I just spent the last 4 months pumping our youngest with fatty foods like nuts, avocados, sour cream and butter to get him to the bottom of the growth chart. Funny how catering to one minority always strips freedom from another.

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    The end result will be simple. If the only thing in the vending machines are fruit-based snacks and drinks, vending machine sales will plummet and they will eventually be removed from the schools for low earnings. Then, delivery/re-stocking drivers will have to take that off their routes and the company that supplies the vending machines will lay them off.

    Yet another of Captain Dumbass’s “jobs programs”. Also known as the law of unintended consequences. Or, in this case, I think it’s probably more intended than otherwise.

    Ed Lasky over at American Thinker has an interesting article on how the big zero makes decisions, based on testimony from his own side. http://www.americanthinker.com.....sions.html

    They generally don’t think much of him either which is something I’ve been speaking about since he was elected. A nice quote about Pelosi rolling her eyes over something the guy said in a conference call. Interesting, the wicked witch of the west thinking something someone else said was worthy of ridicule.

    However, it actually appears that he’s not so much evil as just aloof and stupid, the way the critics spoke of Nero. It appears he has lofty goals and thinks they happen with a wave of his hand, the details being handled by other people. How odd, though that they are so willing to subjugate themselves to the whims of a petulant, ignorant child. Oh well, so long as the socialist agenda gets met, I guess that’s a check in the “plus” column.

    • fallingpianos

      How odd, though that they are so willing to subjugate themselves to the whims of a petulant, ignorant child.

      The other petulant, ignorant children are afraid that Obama will wish them into the cornfield.

  5. GetBackJack

    I stare bug eyed at schools when we go into town, letting kids out for lunch. When I was in school (yes, there was school in the Jurassic Period) you DID NOT leave the school grounds except with a parent, a cop, or on a stretcher. The doors were locked during hours. You ate in the cafeteria with what you brought or from the Lunch Ladies. There absolutely were NO vending machines of any kind, including no soda vending for teachers. It … just … wasn’t … done.

    The Magic Negro’s alien spouse/Control is a busybody, meddling, shrew of a skank and I believe her capable of starting WWIII because it would please her god, Dionysius.

  6. canary

    When the schools are charging a minimum of $1 dollar a bottle of water and toxic cancerous diet soda in along with the other foods it’s all about the schools $ making money $

    Our schools have chips that are low fat but contain sugar and often that ingredient that causes loose bowels. An ingredient to make them pass the food faster than the body absorbs.

    This year along with the terrible tasting food the kids don’t like they stopped forcing them to pick a fresh fruit with their filthy hands and germs out of a basket, that end up in the trash along with the sugary fruit
    dish that comes with the meal. Now they get the fruit cocktail but do not have
    “fondle” the fruit for the reddist apple or a banana to their personal ripeness.

    Obama already passed a law vending machines have to put ingredients, calories etc on the vending machines, but this is slow to come about because it’s a tedious task which will take time. But, it is already an EPA law.

  7. wirenut

    Like with any good\bad, bowel movement. This too, shall pass. So pick yourself up, wipe yourself off and we’ll start all over again. I’ve been giving birth to new POTUS’ replicants since 2008. I’m just flushed-up! Junk food isn’t the problem.
    Junk pollitics, and this couple, are the chlorestral in the bloodstream of freedom.

  8. wirenut

    Like with any good\bad, bowel movement. This too, shall pass. So pick yourself up, wipe yourself off and we’ll start all over again. I’ve been giving birth to new POTUS’ replicants since 2008. I’m just flushed-up! Junk food isn’t the problem.
    Junk pollitics, and this couple, are the chlorestrol in the bloodstream of freedom.

  9. wirenut

    Sorry about the double post. Don’t know how I did it. Steve, what happened to edit? If you please. Thank-you.

  10. pcoast

    “By the way, how long will it before before it is illegal to sell ‘unhealthy’ snacks within so many thousand feet of a school?”

    They’re already working on that one:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46.....r-schools/

    • canary

      AF1 should immediately quit serving tator tots and pie. And what’s with the ice-scream, shaved ice, and ribs & potato salad.




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