Nanny State Meddling Spawns Child Black Marketeers

If you’ve been a student of society and human behavior for very long, with all the nanny-state, big-government social engineering meddling we’ve seen in the school lunch program since the Obamas came to the White House, you just knew it had to happen sooner or later.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules.

During a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R., Ind.), a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana.

“This ‘contraband’ economy is just one example of many that reinforce the call for flexibility [with the rules],” he said.

school_lunchI don’t have a whole lot of positive things to say about my congressional representative, RINO Kristi Noem (who scores a big 44% at the Conservative Review), but she does deserve recognition for introducing legislation to provide more flexibility in school meals, as the article points out. You’d really have to be some kind of food Nazi to oppose that, so when will it be passing?

The article goes on to state that because Michelle Obama’s meddling has resulted in such yucky and un-appealing meals, a lot of food (that we the taxpayers are paying for) is getting thrown away. Dr. Lynn Harvey, chief of school nutrition services at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, says that participation in the school lunch program has declined by about 13 million meals in two years. That part of it might actually be a boon for the taxpayer, since a substantial portion of that number of meals was probably being subsidized by taxpayers to pay for the food that many lazy parents parents would rather stick the taxpayers for than provide for their children themselves.

Look, any rational person (I know, socialists like the Obama’s and their education establishment bureaucrat buddies aren’t rational) understands that you can have a tasty, appetizing meal that can still be healthy without removing all the stuff that makes it taste good, and without measuring calories in an anal fashion. Reasonable people need to put an end to these food Nazis and restore some culinary sanity to America.

While we’re at it, somebody really ought to bring an end to this expectation that every First Lady has to have some sort of cause to champion, in order to be relevant next to her president husband. It was a bit quaint and sad (not the cause, but the publicity surrounding its FLOTUS champion) when it involved literacy, et al, but in this ever-expanding age of government meddling, it’s become downright obnoxious and maybe even a little dangerous.

Woodrow Wilcox


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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