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To Promote "Fairness" Lunch Lady Ordered to Stop Making Good Food
Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 10/12/2012 10:11:12 AM PDT by Kaslin

Since part of my job at the Cato Institute is to persuade skeptics to support a free society, I’m always trying to figure out how best to convince people to favor liberty over statism.

I start with the premise that most statists are misguided rather than evil and I try to understand how they see the world. If I know what makes them tick, after all, then perhaps I can explain to them how freedom is preferable to big government.

In my efforts to win people’s hearts and minds, I run into the same obstacles over and over again.

I have ways of dealing with all these myths. I don’t pretend to be successful in all or even most cases, but I think I’ve helped lead some people out of the darkness.

One of the other challenges I face is that some people believe in equality of outcomes. It’s hard to reason with these folks. I try to explain to them that this system requires massive redistribution, which cripples incentives for productive behavior by both rich and poor.

I cite the famous Churchill quote about “equal sharing of the misery.” And I ask them to show me evidence of one nation – anywhere in the world or at any point in history – that has ever succeeded with this approach.

But the folks with this ideological outlook seem impervious to logical argument or moral reasoning. Indeed, they sometimes go to absurd lengths. Here are some Orwellian details from a Swedish news service.

Annika Eriksson, a lunch lady at a school in Falun, was told that her cooking is just too good. Pupils at the school have become accustomed to feasting on newly baked bread and an assortment of 15 vegetables at lunchtime, but now the good times are over. The municipality has ordered Eriksson to bring it down a notch since other schools do not receive the same calibre of food – and that is “unfair”. …”A menu has been developed… It is about making a collective effort on quality, to improve school meals overall and to try and ensure everyone does the same,” Katarina Lindberg, head of the unit responsible for the school diet scheme, told the local Falukuriren newspaper. …From now on, the school’s vegetable buffet will be halved in size and Eriksson’s handmade loafs will be replaced with store-bought bread. Her traditional Easter and Christmas smörgåsbords may also be under threat.

I’m almost at a loss for words. What sort of sickness is required to deny something to one group of kids just because the same benefit is not universally available?

Equality of outcomes is catnip to the left, but it doesn’t apply to the ruling class

I’ve written some nice things about Sweden in recent years, noting that the government has sought to minimize the damage of the welfare state with free market reforms in other areas.

Sweden has a good school choice program, for instance, and the country has reformed its pension system so that it has personal retirement accounts and is more fiscally stable.

But this story shows that Sweden still has a long way to go.

P.S. Using Elizabeth “High Cheekbones” Warren as a philosophical punching bag, here’s another example of redistribution and equality of outcomes run amok. But at least this is satire and not reality.


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1 posted on 10/12/2012 10:11:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Fairness is commiespeak for everyone shall be equally miserable.


2 posted on 10/12/2012 10:35:22 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama loved the poor so much, he created millions more.)
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To: Kaslin
No thought given to bringing the other schools up to her level of excellence, was there? /disgust

tax the rich, feed the poor
’till there are no rich no more

Notice that it is never
’till there are no poor no more?

3 posted on 10/12/2012 10:44:08 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: BuffaloJack
Fairness is commiespeak for everyone shall be equally miserable.

"Leveling the playing field" was what Joe called it last night...

4 posted on 10/12/2012 10:59:22 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Kaslin

Wrong, they’re evil.


5 posted on 10/12/2012 11:09:24 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Kaslin

Sudents should stage an impromptu performance of Animal Farm every damn day in the lunchroom next to the principal and teacher’s table until they stop this crap.

And the parents should help them do it too.


6 posted on 10/12/2012 11:33:02 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: BuffaloJack; jonno

Everyone except the (i)nomenklatura


7 posted on 10/12/2012 2:34:19 PM PDT by expat2
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