Skip to comments.Michelle Obama’s Bumbling Bureaucrats: Let Them Eat Snacks!
Posted on 09/28/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT by Kaslin
In response to the growing outrage over the one-size-fits-all, top-down lunch menu regulations handed down by Michelle Obama and bureaucrats in Washington, DC, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered an incredible response: Let them eat snacks!
Translation: no need to evaluate the program that is being met with dissatisfaction from coast-to-coast. Well just create another program.
ABC News reports:
"It's not surprising that some youngsters will in the middle of the day be hungry, Vilsack told ABC News, responding to the controversy. I remember my two boys when they came back from school they were always hungry, we always had snacks prepared for them.
Vilsack said the Obama Administration is working with school districts to create snack programs and encouraging parents to pack extra food for their active students to munch on before football practice or band rehearsal.
Why not just give them enough to eat at lunch?
"We understand that change is difficult, Vilsack said. Some folks love it, some folks have had questions about it, but that's to be expected when you're dealing with 32 million children and you're dealing with over a hundred thousand school districts."
So Vilsacks answer to upset students in Wisconsin: eat a snack. The same message goes for hungry kids who have spoken out in South Dakota and Massachusetts: eat a snack. And the school cafeteria worker in Montana who dared to question the program: serve the food and pipe down.
Apparently the government is not interested in listening to the people about the problem its created. But what else is new?
No one really expected anyone in the Obama administration to make any criticism of the Wide Load did we?
This is the biggest bunch of muppets to ever hit office.
They all toe the Obama line.
Aren't snacks counter to the wookies' stop obesity program?
How about getting the federal government out of the school meals business? I don’t care what their mandatory menu is — they should have nothing to do with school lunches in the first place. It is completely beyond any federal responsibility authorized by the Constitution, at least by any normal reading of it. If there is a real need for any of this, I can’t think of anything more suitable for handling at the state and local level.
Is this a preview of the fema camp diet?
Bumblers in the WH are blind to the fact that frivolous laws teach people to break them. Watch for a black market in food at schools.
If any politicians had any spine this ought to be the ultimate teaching moment about the results of “one-size-its-all, top-down” planning of socialists / fascists / marxists.
But therein lies a new problem. Who will pay for the snacks? Sounds like some new money is needed from us to be sure the children have enough to eat since the new lunch program is more expensive but less food. Probably needs another 40% increase in budget for the snacks program.
Missing from this is the concept of each family taking care of their own children.
We’re supposed to sit around helpless and let the government feed our kids? Uh, no, make a sandwich for Junior at home, Skip.
I love the new Obama lunch plan. Think about it for a second. The worse they screw this up, the more the children learn the truth about the Federal Gov and authoritarian over reach. This whole debacle is one giant nationwide teachable moment for our youngsters. These kids arent going to forget this and it could be paving the way for a future Conservative Generation.
My thoughts exactly.
My advice is—don’t eat school lunches. Keep money out of the lib public school system.
I didn’t eat school lunches for the last two years of high school. The kids had a “fund raiser” thing at noon—sold cokes and candy bars for band or football. Ate a Snickers and a Cherry Coke out of my locker—dollar lunch—best shape of my life. Hate Snickers even now though... used the rest of the “lunch money” to buy comic books (65 to 75 cents—an extra five bucks went a long way!) and paperbacks.
How did the “maid” get in that picture?
The Worst President Ever ridicules “trickle down economics” that “put us into this mess,” when it was his Marxist agenda that has killed this economy. Yet, with all their Big Government programs, including the student-lunch fiasco, they decree what the states must do....the ultimate in “trickle down government programs.” Romney really should hop on this school lunch problem because it affects all classes of families.
It’d be funny if it wasn’t so true.
When/where are the kids supposed to eat these snacks? In class? in the hallway? on the bus? What if they pack peanut-butter crackers and accidentally pass by some kid who’s allergic? Do they have to be Michelle-approved? Bought during lunch for later? How do you keep them from eating them at lunch instead? Who pays for the kids on free lunches? On and on ...
Just let the kids choose & eat what they want from a varied offering. It can be as healthy as you want, as long as it’s something they’ll eat (hummus & black bean salads for most elementary age kids are an instant no! simply because of the appearance). And don’t prohibit home-packed lunches. I understand the allergy concerns (my grandson is highly allergic to a lot of foods) but that can be handled by letting kids/parents know at the start of the year what is prohibited.
Why not just give them enough to eat at lunch?
Even if it’s a big lunch, a normal kid will probably be hungry again a couple hours after they eat it.
Aren’t snacks counter to the wookies’ stop obesity program?
A snack doesn’t mean it has to be a case of Ding Dongs. It can be an apple.
They are just ripping the kids off ,stealing kids lunch money
Back in the 1950s and ‘60s most schools had a privately owned ice cream shop near that served hotdogs and hamburgers to those students who chose not to eat at the school cafeteria.
The “closed Campus” policies of the 1970s killed off that competition.
You forgot the little warning flags.
“We understand that change is difficult, Vilsack said. Some folks love it, some folks have had questions about it, but that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with 32 million children and you’re dealing with over a hundred thousand school districts.”
But, one size fits all. That is the message you get. Just like healthcare. Yeah, changing from Freedom to tyranny is difficult.
I remember my grammar school years (1952-60). Every week we paid our milk money charge. Every day we had one container of milk in class. We were allowed to bring a snack from home too, and I always brought saltine crackers spread with butter.
Oh, man, I had forgotten how GOOD those were ...
What else could it be? Michelle should know that no two kids have the same caloric needs.
(h/t Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist)
Yeah, back then you went to the grammar school in your neighborhood. Ours was about 5 minutes from our house. We used to go home for lunch everyday. One of my favorites was tomato soup and a bottle of Nehi Cherry soda. Don't ask me why, but I liked having a slice or two of bologna, and dip it in the soup before eating it. I was a very picky eater back then, and the thought of doing that with bologna and tomato soup today turns my stomach.
It’s already happening. In one school, I think in Mass, a kikd brought chocolate sauce to school and was selling it for a quarter a shot.
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