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Mrs. Obama’s second-term agenda: Impacting “the nature of food in grocery stores”
Hot Air ^ | September 4, 2012 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 09/04/2012 11:47:41 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

So, what I’m hearing is, it’s pretty much the same as the old agenda, except perhaps ramped up another nanny-state notch.

In a yet another classic case of an inefficient, meddlesome bureaucracy attacking the symptoms instead of the disease (and causing a whole host of costs, inefficiencies, and waste in the process), the federal government via First Lady Michelle Obama has made it their business to “solve the problem of obesity within a generation.” In an audacious display of utter disdain for free-market signals, part of this effort includes nineteen separate government programs that aim to eliminate “food deserts” — areas where fresh, nutritious food is ostensibly hard to come by — by subsidizing the availability of fresh produce and whatnot in these supposedly underserved areas. The effort has already proved demonstrably inefficient, but when has that ever stopped bureaucratic do-gooders on a big-government tear? And now it sounds like she wants to not only make healthy food more available, but to make unhealthy food less available. From CNSNews:

Asked by Parade magazine, “What do you hope to accomplish in your second term?” First Lady Michelle Obama said she wants to “impact the nature of food in grocery stores” with the aim of cutting sugar, fat and salt.

“With ‘Lets Move!,’ our goal is to end the problem of childhood obesity in a generation,” Mrs. Obama said. “And while we’ve seen some very profound cultural shifts, we still have communities that don’t have access to affordable and healthy foods. We still need to find a way to impact the nature of food in grocery stores, in terms of sugar, fat, and salt.”

Mrs. Obama also discussed the challenge of “educating families” on healthy lifestyles in a society where “TV is rampant.”

I don’t really have a problem with the First Lady of the United States working to combat childhood obesity, in theory. Obesity is a serious and far too rampant problem in this country, and if Michelle Obama wants to use her platform as a public figure to champion the cause, traveling around to schools to educate kids and parents about healthy lifestyles or advocating on behalf of a worthy foundation or something — great. What I most certainly do have a problem with is the federal government using public resources and policy fiat to construct the bike-path-using, salad-eating, quinoa-cookin’ society of their crunchiest daydreams because that’s how they think society should look.

Bureaucratic endeavors to instill top-down virtue almost never fail to fall spectacularly flat, and usually come with a whole mess of unintended consequences and hidden costs, or even end up achieving the opposite of their intended effect. (Example: One of the reasons corn syrup, a.k.a. the sweetener in many processed foods, is so cheap is because the federal government subsidizes the corn industry to spur ethanol production — which in turn, by the way, incentivizes the agriculture industry to bring even more marginal land area into production. The road to obesity runs through chopped-down forests and is paved with good intentions. Dizzying, isn’t it?)

Besides, it’s really just not a good idea for the government to be involved in telling us what we should and shouldn’t be eating. Food can be a tricky business, and the scientific community is always telling us new and conflicting things. The conventional wisdom à la the old USDA food pyramid used to be that bread/cereal/grains/pasta should take up the largest portion of your diet, while you should barely eat any fat at all; now there’s a bunch of data and studies corroborating that white flour and starch is just about the worst thing you can eat and that a larger helping of certain types of fat (omega-3 fatty acids, for instance) is not only desirable but necessary for a well-rounded diet. I’ve also heard about studies suggesting that adult human beings really aren’t meant to ingest dairy, and that we shouldn’t be eating so much fruit because all of the sugars. Who knows what’s next? Maybe we’ll find out that high levels of sodium are actually the best thing since sliced bread! The science is too changeable and political, so maybe these decisions are better left up to individual choice rather than the government’s oh-so-august endorsement.

Anyhow, as I’ve argued before, the best, most penetrating way to encourage the largest number of people to become more health-conscious and to devote more of their time and resources to what they eat is to also encourage an economically robust, prosperous, growing society in which individual incomes are constantly on the rise. Subsidizing more produce in urban grocery stores and going deeper into debt to start up more after-school sports programs ain’t gonna’ cut it. More wealth is the only thing that’s ever going to effectively establish more Whole-Foods type communities across the country, and President Obama’s first-term agenda — more taxes, ObamaCare, a regulatory explosion, etcetera — didn’t do much for the cause.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012dncconvention; economy; flotus; food; foodpolice; michelleobama; obama

1 posted on 09/04/2012 11:47:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She already has. They are more expensive..............


2 posted on 09/04/2012 11:50:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think she needs to make an impact on the “nature of her bohunkus” and shut the h3ll up.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 11:51:40 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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To: Red Badger

Big time!


4 posted on 09/04/2012 11:54:07 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What do you hope to accomplish in your second term?”

Since when does the spouse of the president have a “term”?


5 posted on 09/04/2012 11:54:23 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Impacting is a code word for dictatorship.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 11:57:36 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For starters, “2nd term” as what?! She’s the 1st...thing. That isn’t a “term”, she just happens to be married to the idiot who actually has a 1st term of something.

As far as her agenda for the dodo’s 2nd imaginary term...”Taking over the grocery stores and dictating exactly what they sell, when they sell it and to whom they sell it to.”


7 posted on 09/04/2012 11:58:44 AM PDT by albie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We should file this in the “what else can the Obama’s f&%k up today” file..


8 posted on 09/04/2012 12:00:07 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Well, maybe the Wookie needs to lead the way and set the example. Hey Wookie; no more hot buttery lobster, no more rare Kobe beef, no more of the yummy, fattening foods you eat on the taxpayers dime. Time to lose your caboose you cow.
Oops, that was an insult to cows.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 12:02:21 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Add to that

Obama’s 2nd-term agenda: Global warming, immigration, taxes

10 posted on 09/04/2012 12:02:32 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: DuncanWaring; albie

Did you miss this?

Should the First Lady get a salary? Prez seems to think so
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2918435/posts


11 posted on 09/04/2012 12:02:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We’ll all be eating Alpo.


12 posted on 09/04/2012 12:02:56 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am so tired of this woman being held up as some sort of dietician/nutrition expert. She has absolutely ZERO training or qualification to tell anyone else what to eat.


13 posted on 09/04/2012 12:03:42 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We have become a nation of busybodies. And apparently she and her equally repugnant other half are apparently Busybodies-in-Chief. I have been a health and fitness nut for years and I couldn’t care less what you or my neighbors eat. Have at it. And God bless you.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 12:05:06 PM PDT by all the best (`~!)
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To: austinaero

Will she be using the Ukrainian model or the Irish one?


15 posted on 09/04/2012 12:05:13 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: beethovenfan

Or gruel before receiving our work assignments for the day.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 12:09:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s our motha from anotha brotha. Eat your broccoli!!! Nag! Nag! Nag!


17 posted on 09/04/2012 12:11:23 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh really Mrs. President, “the nature of food” is more important that the rampant single parent pregnancies in this country? You like your husband make me sick.
18 posted on 09/04/2012 12:11:39 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“With ‘Lets Move!,’ our goal is to end the problem of childhood obesity in a generation,” Mrs. Obama said.

Let's move?

She must mean to Somalia.

19 posted on 09/04/2012 12:12:18 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, I remember that.

Was even thinking of it when I made my post.

Wasn’t aware that it had actually come to pass, though.


20 posted on 09/04/2012 12:13:53 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That wouldn't help her one butt -- er BIT!. She does all her eating at places like the Shake Shack. Photobucket
21 posted on 09/04/2012 12:15:32 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Chgogal

Not just “single-parent pregnancies” ... single-parent pregnancies amongst “Holder’s people”.


22 posted on 09/04/2012 12:15:45 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

I expect it will if they gain a second term.


23 posted on 09/04/2012 12:19:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The purpose is to cause an artificial food shortage, in the worlds wealthiest nation no less, so that the government can step in to "fix" it with even more regulations and tax money.

"He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing." - Paul Atreides in Dune by Frank Herbert.

24 posted on 09/04/2012 12:20:48 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Red Badger

about to say the same as soon as I read this.

To add I supose like all god dictators she and her family will be in the white house, our house BTW stuffing their fat faces with all the god fod paid for by us while we go ut and purchase store food brands and miss ut on what we really want to eat.

If she wants to make people healthy then cut the crap which so many welfare people get


25 posted on 09/04/2012 12:35:17 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Let Them Eat Arugula!”
Moochelle Antoinette


26 posted on 09/04/2012 12:38:22 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: 5th MEB

just said the same, if she wanted to get some healthy food then stop the crap welfare people get on our dime.

No more soda’s, chips, fatty foods, .
Nope only fruit, cereal, veggies, chicken, turkey and fish.

That is it, oh wait silly me if she did that the left wuld lose millions of votes.

Never mind that then just let fat bum and her family eat in our house paid for by us and eat the best food paid for by us.
Hell they do not even have to worry about toilet roll, tissues, electric, A/C , heating, etc


27 posted on 09/04/2012 12:39:11 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

exactly

make food stamp only good for purchase of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and skim dairy

Skinny welfare folks in one generation


28 posted on 09/04/2012 12:41:00 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who wants denatured Wookie food?


29 posted on 09/04/2012 12:43:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: silverleaf

my son was with one of his friends and getting a lift home off his father in their 2012 Ford Taurus.

My 14 year odl my oldest has been taught about politics since he was very small and knows what he is on about.

The kids father pulls over and tellshis son to run into Winn Dixie[a store here] and get a 2L soda.

My son goes with him and he sees his friend pull out what looked like a credit card.
My son said how do you have a credit card and the freidn replies”oh no this is my dads, “

My sons looks more closly and see EBT.

WTH. they have a brand new Taurus which are nice top of the range too but on food stamps and also rent over a $1000 house

How on earth can someone have welfare with a brand new car, I must point out that all their family is way over weight.

f we have to help people out then by all means, people lose jobs etc but to let them get junk and snack food is sickening


30 posted on 09/04/2012 1:02:51 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If they gain a second term, it’ll be “Presidente for Life”.


31 posted on 09/04/2012 1:27:17 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“In order to combat the higher food prices caused by my consort’s idiotic economic policies we’re going to cause shortages so there won’t be so much to spend money on. Send Barack $3 dollars too!” - Mad Mo


32 posted on 09/04/2012 1:31:14 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Keep on talking and keep on dreaming.


33 posted on 09/04/2012 1:34:46 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Earth To”MooCHelle”.There will be less food(because of the drought)and NObody will be able to afford it any way because od ObamaFlation and High Energy Costs.The good News?We’re all going to lose weight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


34 posted on 09/04/2012 2:14:04 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: Chgogal

I second that emotion! These people are scary!!!! I need some Micky D’s french fries, right away!


35 posted on 09/04/2012 3:55:09 PM PDT by Republic (Keep uhbama desperate - seems to force slips of honesty from his angry interior)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
Such is the nature of elitists....She remembers once...her ass looked like 2 little Robin eggs wrapped in a linen napkin....

Now..it looks like 2 watermelons stuffed in a sleeping bag....

...and shes pissed!!!.........I don't know any conservatives the go to the extreme of plastic surgery...I know 6 liberals that have....

36 posted on 09/04/2012 5:37:13 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mrs. Obama’s second-term agenda: Impacting “the nature of food in grocery stores”

Sure hope she sticks with basic carbon-hydrogen-oxygen compounds, but with the Obamas you never really know.

I don't know if humans can digest the new silicon-, sulfur- and boron-based alternatives.

37 posted on 09/04/2012 5:44:56 PM PDT by x
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To: M-cubed

.I don’t know any conservatives the go to the extreme of plastic surgery...I know 6 liberals that have....
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That’s because they are terrified of growing old.....knowing their very own beliefs (that the old should be euthanized).


38 posted on 09/04/2012 7:08:44 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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