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Everyone hates Michelle Obama’s school lunches because Republicans
Hot Air ^ | May 27, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham

Posted on 05/28/2014 6:05:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There’s a hashtag filled with colorful commentary and color pictures of the devastation Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch initiative has wrought on the plastic platters of America’s school children.

There’s a GAO report showing participation in the school lunch program down more than 1 million students— the first such decline in years— while costs are up and the actual nutritional value of these allegedly improved meals remains in question. But none of this requires reevaluation.

The real problem with Michelle Obama’s crusade and a top-down, inflexible federal mandate for students of varying sizes and tastes is that Republicans are pointing out that it’s not as great as the First Lady claims:

If Michelle Obama had it her way, House Republicans would currently be in detention.

In one of the most overtly political speeches during her tenure as First Lady, Obama slammed Republicans on Tuesday for trying to weaken school nutritional standards, one of her key policy achievements.

“This is unacceptable,” Obama said at a White House meeting with school leaders and experts. “It’s unacceptable to me not just as First Lady but also as a mother.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher on this issue,” she said, pointing to obesity statistics in both children and adults. “The last thing we can afford to so right now is play politics with our kids health.”

I, unlike many others, don’t have a huge problem with the First Lady pushing for healthier eating. It’s a fine message, we do have a childhood obesity problem, and I’d rather meddlesome liberals be in the business of encouraging such things socially than mandating them. But this school lunch overhaul seems to be a perfect example of how a basically unobjectionable encouragement to eat healthier can become a disaster when the government attempts to implement it in a one-size-fits-all program.

By what measure is this program a “policy achievement?” Did the First Lady envision fewer students on the school lunch she wanted retooled to micromanage their health? Surely not. Did she want large numbers of students boycotting school lunch? Although it’s a decent lesson in activism, that probably wasn’t the goal. Did she want districts taking money from teaching budgets to pay higher prices for lunches that were being thrown away? I’m guessing no. Are bland, carb-filled substitutes for fatty offerings making anyone healthier? But admitting that tweaks in the program could allow districts more flexibility and possibly more success, even success as Michelle Obama defines it, would mean a minor political concession to Republicans. Better to pretend your “policy achievement” is going swimmingly and attack anyone who might want to change anything about the program the GAO found “challenging” and in need of “clarification.”

The Heritage Foundation explains the move Republicans are trying to make, which regrettably doesn’t change the underlying nutrition requirements (even the forthcoming anti-science War on Salt):

There’s a provision in the House agriculture appropriations bill that would grant waivers to school food authorities who are suffering financial losses due to operating food service programs. The waivers would give those SFAs an exemption from complying with the requirements for the 2014-15 school year. This might help some schools temporarily, including those who have reportedly taken money out of their teaching budgets to cover the additional program costs.

The Obamas’ personal chef has something to say about it, too:

Sam Kass, who is the administration’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, framed this minor reprieve for some schools as an absolute catastrophe. According to Obama Foodorama, a blog covering White House food policy, “’What the House Republicans have proposed will be absolutely devastating,’ Kass said, and painted a grim picture of the junk food free-for-all that could go on, saying schools will be filled with ‘chips and candy bars, and all kinds of unhealthy foods.’”

You’ll eat your flaccid, watery broccoli and cold chicken cutlets and you’ll like it, hoi polloi!

Update: Perhaps they’re stealing from the civics budget for these lunches.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)



TOPICS: Education; Food; Government; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: food; michelleobama; obesity; schoollunch

1 posted on 05/28/2014 6:05:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

well that explains it


2 posted on 05/28/2014 6:07:58 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

headline is terrible


3 posted on 05/28/2014 6:10:25 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obviously, it’s all because of racism.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 6:12:06 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: kingattax

That’s the way some millennials talk.


5 posted on 05/28/2014 6:12:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My father-n-law is a teacher at a local school. He is beside himself at the untouched food the kids throw away. Unopened Orange juice or milk, whole apples and oranges, etc.

He is disgusted by it, but the school won’t allow the good food to be recollected.


6 posted on 05/28/2014 6:14:05 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

so i need a Millenial-English dictionary to decipher headlines from HotAir ?


7 posted on 05/28/2014 6:15:59 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
I can't afford OJ anymore. I need to go dumpster diving at the local school. I'm ok with unopened cartons.

/johnny

8 posted on 05/28/2014 6:19:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If her lunch program fails it’s because Republicans. Or Bush. Or both. Maybe even Reagan. Lincoln?


9 posted on 05/28/2014 6:23:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She will know better next time than to get her lard ass involved in school lunch. Kids are not as easily fooled as their dumb-ass parents.

Moochelle might teach a bit by losing 60 or so.


10 posted on 05/28/2014 6:24:14 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: FreeAtlanta

If I were homeless or nearly so, I’d be Johnny on the spot at that dumpster.


11 posted on 05/28/2014 6:25:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

PERFECT


12 posted on 05/28/2014 6:29:30 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: kingattax

13 posted on 05/28/2014 6:33:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I can’t speak tot he school lunches, but they forced McDonalds to include apple slice in their Happy Meals.

Took my 5 year oldgranddaughter for lunch one day, when she refused to eat the apples, I thought I’d try one.

The thing tasted like an unripe Granny Smith. It would have taken a cup of sugar and my grandma to make them edible


14 posted on 05/28/2014 6:44:26 PM PDT by digger48
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To: JRandomFreeper

I once worked at a Vending Company.

I didn’t buy 1%, 2% or whole milk/soda/juices/chips/assorted snacks and candy for over a year. Anything that was “out of date” had to be pulled from the machines. They had “pig barrels” that it got tossed into and hauled off by the Pig Ranchers to feed troughs.

I started sorting things by date code and sent to oldest to the pigs.

Had plenty for Me, Friends and Family.

Amazing the waste in that biz. That explains why the items are so pricy. It covers the losses.


15 posted on 05/28/2014 6:46:12 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Our pediatrician said he didn’t care if they ate pudding, chocolate milk, ice cream, broccoli as long as they got their calcium


16 posted on 05/28/2014 6:47:19 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You don’t see Moo pushing that crap at the White House ... it’s lobsters dripping with real butter, fat steaks, desserts that screem decadence, and all you can swill down at the bar.


18 posted on 05/28/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If you lined up the best and brightest of this administration, you'd just have a string of dim bulbs)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, if does get people off of that PATHETIC and wasteful program...then I hope she keeps turning the screws to the point that they’re serving straw and tree bark.


19 posted on 05/28/2014 6:54:49 PM PDT by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

YOLO, ya Wookie.


20 posted on 05/28/2014 6:57:40 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you’re not willing to pack your own kids’ lunch, stop complaining. And I know people say “some schools won’t allow that”. Well, pack them anyway and sue the pants off them when they try to take the food from your child’s mouth.

People need to stand up and be counted. Enough of this B.S.


21 posted on 05/28/2014 7:02:19 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: workerbee

For the 1st time in my life, I’m ashamed of my country.


22 posted on 05/28/2014 8:25:58 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yummm.....ham....


23 posted on 05/28/2014 8:29:04 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: FreeAtlanta
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24 posted on 05/28/2014 8:54:12 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You would think that Republicans told people to shut up and eat their peas.

-PJ

26 posted on 05/28/2014 9:00:04 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: baddog 219

you had to go and ruin my dreams tonight.


27 posted on 05/28/2014 9:14:39 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No... I hate Michelle Obama because she’s a tyrant.


28 posted on 05/28/2014 10:10:34 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: eyedigress

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB5Hjz9LZQE

FAT BOTTOM GIRLS (FAT BUTT MICHELLE)


29 posted on 05/28/2014 10:13:12 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Key policy achievement? By someone who holds no office?

Impeach her!


30 posted on 05/28/2014 10:25:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SkyDancer

She should be arrested for impersonating a government official


31 posted on 05/28/2014 10:26:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

- anyone see the CNN moron woman saying “When the first lady signed the bill…..”


32 posted on 05/28/2014 11:40:58 PM PDT by devolve (-Tell VLADIMER after my ERECTION I have more 90% more FLEXIBILITY - pre-1899 Colt SAA frames needed)
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To: devolve

Read about here. Par for the course I guess


33 posted on 05/28/2014 11:42:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The McDonald's Angry Meal.

34 posted on 05/28/2014 11:50:18 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Mr. K
found on twitter:


35 posted on 05/29/2014 2:31:06 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Headline could have stopped at, Everyone hates moochelle.


36 posted on 05/29/2014 4:25:22 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: GeronL

- the hunger games…

...can we stand 16 straight years of angry lardass women in the White House?


37 posted on 05/29/2014 9:11:49 PM PDT by devolve (-Tell VLADIMER after my ERECTION I have more 90% more FLEXIBILITY - pre-1899 Colt SAA frames needed)
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To: devolve

Lol


38 posted on 05/29/2014 9:17:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

39 posted on 05/29/2014 9:33:48 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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