Skip to comments.Michelle Obama's Control-Freak Lunch Program
Posted on 05/21/2014 4:02:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
Look out, everyone: The nation's school lunch lady, Michelle Obama, is mad. With her federal nutrition program under fire across the country and now on Capitol Hill, Mrs. Obama put out a "forceful" call to arms this week to "health activists," according to The Washington Post.
She's cracking the whip. Her orders are clear: There must be no escape. The East Wing and its sycophants zealously oppose any effort to alter, delay or waive top-down school meal rules. Big Lunch must be guarded at all costs.
Progressives blame kid-hating Republicans and greedy businesses for the revolt against Mrs. Obama's failed policies. But the truth is right around the corner in your students' cafeterias. Districts are losing money. Discarded food is piling high. Kids are going off-campus to fill their tummies or just going hungry.
According to the School Nutrition Association, almost half of school meal programs reported declines in revenue in the 2012-13 school year, and 90 percent said food costs were up. Local nutrition directors are demanding more flexibility and freedom. Look no further than school districts in Los Angeles and Chicago.
As I noted in 2011, the L.A. Unified School District pronounced the first lady's federally subsidized initiative a "flop" and a "disaster." Principals reported "massive waste, with unopened milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away." The problem has only worsened. The Los Angeles Times reported last month that the city's students throw out "at least $100,000 worth of food a day -- and probably far more," which "amounts to $18 million a year."
Draconian federal rules dictate calorie counts, whole-grain requirements, the number of items that children must put on their trays, and even the color of the fruits and vegetables they must choose. Asked for a solution, LAUSD Food Service Director David Binkle told the Times bluntly: "We can stop forcing children to take food they don't like and throw in the garbage."
Or you can do what Arlington Heights District 214 in Michelle Obama's home state of Illinois just did: Vote yourselves out of the unsavory one-size-fits-all mandate. Last week, the state's second largest school district decided to quit the national school lunch program altogether. Officials pointed out that absurd federal guidelines prevented them from offering hard-boiled eggs, hummus, pretzels, some brands of yogurt, and nonfat milk in containers larger than 12 ounces.
The district will deliberately forgo $900,000 in federal aid and instead rely on its own nutritionist to devise healthy choices that students actually want. One local parent summed it up well: "(T)he government can't control everything."
As more schools look to withdraw, you can bet on the White House to ramp up the Republican-bashing rhetoric. Mrs. Obama's advocates have already taken to social media to complain about Big Business special interests. But let's remember: Mrs. Obama has been working the food circuit since 2005, when the wife of newly elected Sen. Barack Obama was named to the corporate board of directors of Wal-Mart processed foods supplier TreeHouse Foods Inc. -- collecting $45,000 in 2005, $51,200 in 2006, and 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year.
Fact: The first lady has been the most insatiable crony at the center of the Fed Foods racket. Her nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America has reported assets of $4.5 million from secret donors. It's not just mean conservatives pointing out her Big Business ties. The left-wing documentary "Fed Up" made the same point before being edited under pressure. Hello, Chicago Way.
Mrs. Obama's allies also have accused opponents of wanting to repeal "science-based" standards. But the first lady herself was caught spreading false claims that her program was responsible for reducing childhood obesity, when the decline began a decade ago.
And as I've reported previously, deep-pocketed Big Labor's push to expand public union payrolls with thousands more food service workers is also driving Mrs. Obama's agenda.
Waste, failure, lies and special interest ties. If federal food policy were really about the children, the East Wing would be embracing change. But this is not about protecting the kids. It's about protecting Michelle Obama. Her thin-skinned response to criticism is telling:
Hell hath no fury like a Nanny State control freak scorned.
A truly classless act, if ever there was one.
How can a Stalinist Lunch program — launched in Washington and shoved down the throats of the local school districts — not be working?
Who would have thunk such an idea would fail?
>>A truly classless act, if ever there was one.<<
We were so worried about tereeza, we never saw the wookie in the wings.
Fried chicken and mashed potatoes for me but not for thee.
that seems to sum up the style of the Obama presidency
You hit the nail square on the head
She needs to go on a fast
Here’s a quick fix: Don’t allow people on food stamps to buy soda, candy and other such crap with their EBT cards. Of course, that would be racist!
Talk about Stalinist Lunch program - When I originally read the above, I thought he was saying he can force the children to eat the food. Now THAT's Stalinist. Fortunately that wasn't what he said (I hope).
She’s screw up a one car funeral.
David might not be a Stalinist, but Michelle sure is.
Let's go back to her last trip on the taxpayers' dime. Moocher's pricey China trip was "sold" to Americans as a "non-political" visit...she was just there to chat up education. But all of her appearances and inane remarks were connivingly structured for one purpose: to set herself up as a future candidate....and doing it on our dime.
MISSION CREEP Then the WH let loose with the final explanation....that her trip, and the tripe she was pedaling, was "soft diplomacy" --to "ease tensions" between the US and China.
Come again? Who elected this self-serving creep? Who gave her diplomat credentials?
My guess was that Obama is still in the dog house and was bribing her after the Mandela Memorial blonde fiasco. Moocher got the $12,000 Herrara dress, a state dinner to hostess, and the trip to China to burnish her credentials as a candidate .....so far.
I just hope Valerie Jarett doesn't get carpel tunnel syndrome wire-transferring funds offshore for Michele's campaign expenses.
And I just can't wait til candidate Michele announces that she's s-o-o-o-o popular, she raised $50 million dollars in 2 hours. ROTFLOL.
GHETTO GIRL MAKES GOOD After Obama's 2008 election, hopes were high that Michelle Obamas political appeal and charisma would enable her to transform it into something that reflected the role of modern women as equal participants in the political process. That never happened----having been burned by the intense criticism she received on the campaign trail when she said, For the first time in my adult lifetime, Im really proud of my country.
Continuing w/ the police state mentality encouraged by her husband......Michelle Obama wants students to monitor relatives, friends and co-workers for racially insensitive comments.....telling students they need to police their family and friends.
Last January Obama vowed to make 2014 a "year of action" by executive fiat....Obama warned that he has a pen and a phone--and thats all he needs to rule from Washington. He apparently has concluded that Americans don't want him to feel constrained by anything Congress might do.
Obamas executive overreaching could get major blowback. I hardly think the Obama's are gonna get even dumb Democrats to line up behind this preposterous "police state" policy. The Dummycrats got burned bigtime when they lock-stepped behind Obama as he lead them into the abyss with Obamacare---the political catastrophe of the century---a blunder of Ceausescuian proportions.
Queen Lardbutt Visits The Food Channel
"I did a show with Michelle and I just loved being with her."
"She probably ate more than any other guest I've ever had on the show."
"She kept eating even during commercials."
When asked to comment Mrs. Obama said:
"Glork, Glork, Glork, Glork, Glork, Glork, Glork....."
At least it’s running better than Obamacare. Isn’t Marxism wonderful?
Pray America wakes up
THE MAGIC WORLD OF PHOTOSHOP
Add to that , beer, drugs, lottery tickets and cigarettes.
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