First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is “unacceptable.”
The rules set by Congress and the administration over the last several years require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line and set limits on sodium, sugar and fat. The first lady met Tuesday with school nutrition officials who said the guidelines are working in their schools.
The event was an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied for congressional passage of a child nutrition law in 2010.
“The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health,” Mrs. Obama told participants.
In my opinion this is evidence of a delusional Administration. They cannot possibly believe they can win against underfunded schools and students who probably only know the First Lady’s name because they learn who to blame for why they are always hungry in school. Lower calories means lower food. Furthermore, limiting fats is arguably catastrophic to people, especially children with developing brains.
Of course, the FLOTUS has the power to summon her friendly witnesses. She invited the school officials who agreed with her and didn’t invite those who find the rules too onerous. One person who passed the FLOTUS-loyalty filter was David Binkle:
“We’re not just talking about food, we’re talking about education,” said David Binkle of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He said participation is up in his district, along with test scores and graduation rates, since they made school foods healthier there.
Forget about the problem that we are hearing a second-hand anecdote with no hard data to back up the claim. Even if that were true it would not prove that the food standards are universally beneficial to all U.S. public schools. Even in places that (claim to) like the food standards, they are still losing ground.
As the Fox News story tells us:
The schools pushing for changes say limits on sodium and requirements for more whole grains are particularly challenging, while some school officials say kids are throwing away fruits and vegetables that are required.
I wonder if those students ever think about the Boston Tea Party while they throw the stale stuff into the trash can.
But the truly delusional aspect is the open, in-your-face lying.
The national PTA is pushing lawmakers to keep the standards intact.
“At a time when families are working hard to live healthy lives, school meals should be supporting families’ efforts, not working against them,” PTA President Otha Thornton wrote to members of Congress.
No they are not. They are stopping at the drive-through at McDonald’s because, with two working parents, it is hard to find time for a home-cooked meal. If the students came to the school with healthy expectations, then they would be open to eating healthy (though, again, that would not mean cutting fat!).
The whole point of the FLOTUS’ program is to try to force the kids to be changed by school rules. It is an obviously impossible task. Hearts and minds need to change. Laws can’t do it.