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Senate votes for unlimited potatoes in schools
Google ^ | 10/18/11 | MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Posted on 10/18/2011 3:14:25 PM PDT by mdittmar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate threw its support behind the potato Tuesday, voting to block an Obama administration proposal to limit the vegetable on school lunch lines.

Agriculture Department rules proposed earlier this year aimed to reduce the amount of french fries in schools, limiting lunchrooms to two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables. That angered the potato industry and members of Congress from potato-growing states, who say USDA should focus on the preparation instead and that potatoes can be a good source of fiber and potassium.

Following a bipartisan agreement on the issue, the Senate by voice vote accepted an amendment by Republican Sen. Susan Collins that would block USDA from putting any limits on serving potatoes or other vegetables in school lunches.

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1 posted on 10/18/2011 3:14:28 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Potato vote: The eyes have it!


2 posted on 10/18/2011 3:15:39 PM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: mdittmar

Why the F is the Federal Gov’t setting lunch room menus? Really? Do we need those people? How many are working this project? GET THEM OUT.


3 posted on 10/18/2011 3:17:01 PM PDT by steveyp
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To: mdittmar

Just letpeople run their own lives.


4 posted on 10/18/2011 3:17:11 PM PDT by ken21
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To: jessduntno

Proudly serving Baked French Fries (Freedom Fries) with dinner tonight.


5 posted on 10/18/2011 3:17:50 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: steveyp

There is no answer to the question what is wrong with these democrats?


6 posted on 10/18/2011 3:20:08 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: mdittmar

Susan Collins did something I approve of! Now if she’d just start on the $14 trillion debt. Progress.


7 posted on 10/18/2011 3:20:41 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: mdittmar

didn’t they also ban potatoes for WIC recipients or something?

Weird, the Obama admin has a thing against potatoes...


8 posted on 10/18/2011 3:20:59 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: mdittmar

My God is this what our country has come to? The U.S. Senate voting on potatoes!!!


9 posted on 10/18/2011 3:20:59 PM PDT by wewereright
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To: wewereright

The federals should have nothing to do with schools, period


10 posted on 10/18/2011 3:21:50 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: wewereright

Half of the Senators ARE potatoes.


11 posted on 10/18/2011 3:21:58 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: mdittmar

Looking more like USSR headlines every day.


12 posted on 10/18/2011 3:22:08 PM PDT by dk88 (Keep your laws off my body)
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To: jessduntno

LOL!


13 posted on 10/18/2011 3:22:16 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
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To: mdittmar

So is this another Obama “spudnik” moment?


14 posted on 10/18/2011 3:23:30 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: SandRat

“Proudly serving Baked French Fries (Freedom Fries) with dinner tonight.”

I tend toward the semi-veg healthy variety...melted cheese with bacon strips. Or a little cream gravy. Won’t mix the two...too unhealthy. The cream gravy is good with chicken fried steak, too. Ummm Ummmmmmmm...that’s good eatin.


15 posted on 10/18/2011 3:24:13 PM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: mdittmar

I mean, really, when a portion of the Federal Gov’t brings forth such stupidity, zero out their budget and move on. As time goes on, it will become self-correcting.


16 posted on 10/18/2011 3:24:35 PM PDT by steveyp
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To: mdittmar

they block his spud bill and they blocked his dud (”jobs”) bill.

Senate Dems 2
Obama - ZERO

that’s confidence


17 posted on 10/18/2011 3:24:35 PM PDT by sappy
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To: wewereright

Dittoes. The whole country seems to be circling the drain while our fearless leaders debate the merits of potatoes.

Since my family can (often does) eat potatoes for three meals a day, how can they even make a lunch without taters? It’s mindboggling. And, no place for the government to meddle.


18 posted on 10/18/2011 3:24:59 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: mdittmar
Rachel Flatt promotes Colorado potatoes and says they're one of her favorite foods. She doesn't exactly look obese to me.


19 posted on 10/18/2011 3:25:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: jessduntno
Grilled Steak (with lots of fat) and Baked Beans with that Pork fat Hunk and Maple Syrup.
20 posted on 10/18/2011 3:28:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mdittmar

French fries and Tomato ketchup.
Who says American kids don’t eat vegetables?


21 posted on 10/18/2011 3:30:01 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: mdittmar
Obama says:

"What's 'ttaers', precious? Ssss, ssss?

Give us fish NOW, and keep Nassssty chips!"

22 posted on 10/18/2011 3:30:13 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: mdittmar
Every time I try to ‘eat healthy’ by skipping the fries I start getting achy joints. The senate is trying to give kids Potassium deficiency
23 posted on 10/18/2011 3:31:52 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: SandRat

I grew up on tater tots;)


24 posted on 10/18/2011 3:35:21 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
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To: mdittmar
I urge everyone to do what I did today: call your senator's office and tell them to stop the BS of voting for or against the food that we eat. If they want to do something constructive, craft a bill that would prevent the USDA or any other bureaucrat from having anything to say about what we eat. Good grief.
25 posted on 10/18/2011 3:35:28 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: mdittmar

As did I. I still get them at Sonic Drive-Ins.


26 posted on 10/18/2011 3:37:23 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mdittmar

Enough German fascism. Unelected fascist bureaucrats have no power to write laws under our constitution. If congress can’t realize that simple fact, then it will be up to the people to make that fact apparent through the states. And that will get very messy for congress. We can start with treason trials in the states for the EPA and ATF.


27 posted on 10/18/2011 3:38:21 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: mdittmar

God save us from the Fascist State. sheesh.

How politics affects American business. If it feels good do it, F the little people. (producers)


28 posted on 10/18/2011 3:41:43 PM PDT by marty60
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I urge everyone to do what I did today: call your senator's office and tell them to stop the BS of voting for or against the food that we eat. If they want to do something constructive, craft a bill that would prevent the USDA or any other bureaucrat from having anything to say about what we eat. Good grief.

You assumed the Senate was taking up its own policy and doing something silly (easy to believe, I know)...however, in this case, they were in fact moving to overturn a move that had already been made by the USDA and limit its authority:

From the article:

Following a bipartisan agreement on the issue, the Senate by voice vote accepted an amendment by Republican Sen. Susan Collins that would block USDA from putting any limits on serving potatoes or other vegetables in school lunches.

29 posted on 10/18/2011 3:41:52 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: OB1kNOb

So is this another Obama “spudnik” moment?

Heh heh ... Tuber or not tuber...that is the question...


30 posted on 10/18/2011 3:44:37 PM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: mdittmar

As long as local communities accept federal government money things like this will go on.

Quit taking that mob money and you can tell the feds to go...


31 posted on 10/18/2011 3:46:19 PM PDT by crz
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To: GeronL
the Obama admin has a thing against potatoes...

Moochelle doesn't, though ...

32 posted on 10/18/2011 3:49:54 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (If he has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much $$$ hiding it?)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
We heard you was comin' Miss Moosechelle, so we filled up the hog trough


33 posted on 10/18/2011 3:53:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Signalman

I do remember during Reagan’s years they considered Ketchup as vegetables . The lefties has a cow.


34 posted on 10/18/2011 3:57:25 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: steveyp

We are in this mess because Reagan could not keep his promise to undo the Department of Education, and he had both houses for a short time.

He did however repeal the double nickel speed limit.

There are powerful Republican Progressives in place to keep the rabble in their place. Once you figure that out it gets easier to swallow.

Mark Levin wouldn’t agree, but he misses some too. Like, Christianity had nothing to do with our Constitution, or at least that is how he dressed down one of his callers. Love him but he is dead wrong on that issue, and he is wrong to think there is a great difference in the Parties. They may come in different but they tend to leave looking very much alike.


35 posted on 10/18/2011 4:05:10 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will write in Palin. We can not save the Republic by electing those who plan to destroy it.)
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To: Cloverfarm

Potatoes or lack there of brought a lot of Irish to this country, and me mothers name was Riley. We however had plenty of them when I was growing up, we had the fried and boiled and mashed, but we had them every day because they were about a nickel a pound, as we’re the beans, which we also had every day, for the same reason.

I used to know every eatable weed, and hunted every thing that flew or creeped, ate them all.


36 posted on 10/18/2011 4:13:12 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will write in Palin. We can not save the Republic by electing those who plan to destroy it.)
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To: mdittmar

On an not-all-that-related note, one of the running jokes we used to have around the dorms at college was “time to eat potatoes”. We had spuds in some form with almost every meal in the dining halls. It’s one of the easiest ways to stretch a food budget.

Me, I loved it. I’m sort of the Bubba of potatoes. French fried potatoes, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, potatoes au gratin, mashed potatoes, potato soup, potato soup with leeks and bacon, potato croquettes...


37 posted on 10/18/2011 4:16:33 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: DemforBush

Obama is just trying to hurt Idaho, a Republican state.


38 posted on 10/18/2011 4:27:13 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: mdittmar
Senator Susan Collins: "Collins says that this would amount to discrimination against a vegetable with more potassium than a banana, is cholesterol free, low in fat and sodium and “can be served in countless healthy ways."
39 posted on 10/18/2011 5:32:28 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: mdittmar

Toilets, light bulbs and now potatoes..........The stupidity just keeps on coming.


40 posted on 10/18/2011 5:34:38 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.)
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To: mdittmar
How DARE they cross mooseshell!

I'd love to have seen her face when she heard about this. They're both having a hard time, I suspicion, with the wobbling underpinnings of their pedestal.

41 posted on 10/18/2011 5:36:49 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: OB1kNOb

snicker - ;o)


42 posted on 10/18/2011 5:38:38 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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