House passes Child Nutrition Act - "Hey, Congress - - Leave them kids alone!"
by Bob Price on December 3, 2010 at 2:11 PM
Yesterday the House passed a Child Nutrition Act that expands free or reduced cost meals to an additional 115,000 children and will provide 29 million additional meals through an after school program. Sounds great, right! Possibly, except all those meals come with strings that are the very definition of an over-reaching federal government.
No more hot dogs and candy bars at your Friday night high school football games? Federal control of school bake sales? Washington DC deciding what items go in school vending machines? Is this what we want from our government? Where does the Constitution give Congress this kind of control of our schools and our children? And why is this a topic of the "Lame Duck" Congress? The Senate passed this bill unanimously in August. Exactly where did the Congress get the $4.5B this bill will cost? OH, I know... They stole it from the kids they are feeding!
In a blog called "The Family Kitchen" it is reported that "for the first time ever, schools will have to apply nutritional standards set by the USDA to foods served outside of the cafeteria, which means no more machines or vendors selling junk food and sugary drinks. This last bit also means eliminating typical sports events foods and community building and fundraising traditions like bakes sales." Why is this the job of our federal government?
The bill was the pet project of First Lady Michelle Obama and her anti-obesity program where she is determined to tell parents what they can and cannot feed their children. The same kind of mentality that brought San Francisco to ban McDonalds from giving away "Happy Meal" toy in meal packages they deemed "unhealthy". Sarah Palin weighed in on this, stating "Take her [Michelle Obama] anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat… Just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.”
Interestingly House Democrats became enraged when Republican John Kline (R-MN) offered an amendment to the bill. They ended up stripping off this amendment, promising to vote on it as a separate measure. What was the "objectionable amendment", you ask? It added language that would bar federal funds to any facilities that hire workers who refuse or lie on sex offender background checks. Yes, thats right, Democrats don't seem to want children protected from sex offenders!
The bill is, however, a boon for local farmers as it encourages schools to buy food from local farmers. It also increases farm subsidies by allowing schools to purchase surplus farm products.
Like the Dream Act, this bill should not be being dealt with by the Lame Duck Congress. It is not an emergency matter that must be decided before the new session begins. But it clearly is an example of how the Democrats want to reach deeper and deeper into your lives, reducing your freedom and controlling how you choose to live. The Constitution does not give Congress this power. Why do we?