School lunches are hardly the most pressing issue facing our country at the moment. However, it shows another case of how the Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. As you’ve probably heard the healthy eating initiatives pushed by an unelected bureaucrat (who most of us know as First Lady Michelle Obama) has been used to impose strict rules on food served in schools.
“Mr. President will you please ask your wife to let me keep my lunch if I like my lunch the same way you did with my parents’ health care?”
We’ve seen all kinds of consequences of this action. Students aren’t buying the new healthy lunches because they don’t like them, creating massive food waste. Popular lunches like grilled cheese and tomato soup, along with spaghetti and meatballs are gone. Thanks to the lost revenue from the sales of food deemed unhealthy, some schools now can’t afford the healthy food that they’re now mandated to serve. Bake sales are getting banned. And students are teeing off on social media to show their displeasure. Check this last link to see how they’re firing back.
Moments like this give me hope for today’s youth. This doesn’t need beating over the head, detailed policy talks or numbers and projections that will make any kid’s eyes glaze over. All that needs to be said is that this is what happens when you invite the government in your life. If nothing else, it can hopefully get them to start thinking through the consequences of asking for favors from their government. So naturally what has the GOP done on this issue? Zip. Nada. I’ve searched and found nothing where this is being used by Republicans to start teaching the outcomes of big government. If anyone has seen anything showing otherwise please drop a link in the comments.
On a side note, here is another recent controversy that offers a potential way to reach young people. If you haven’t heard about “Gamergate”, here is the Cliff Notes version: The members of the media who write about video games and the culture around them have total contempt for the gamers they are covering – and it seems that the feeling is mutual. I’ll admit that I don’t see an angle to present to young people, but self-righteous journalists showing open contempt for the people they’re covering is hardly a new phenomena.
One parting thought – If any young people out there reading this get a chance to send a message or question to President Obama or his wife try asking them to start mandating that all of the fundraisers that they attend only serve food that meets the same standards as school lunches.
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Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog