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Sarah Palin Continues to Mock Healthier School Lunches

You would think that if there was anything Republicans, Democrats and Independents could agree on it would be that making school lunches healthier is a good thing. But apparently in today’s extreme political divide, healthy food is a part of the new Communist Manifesto.

I think too much. For example, when Sarah Palin brazenly jabs at Michelle Obama’s initiative to improve the health of our children, I say to myself: “Is she for real, or is this just some sort of professional wrestling-style persona she’s taking on?” You know, she’s The Iron Sheik to Michelle Obama’s Hulk Hogan (sorry, my pro wrestling knowledge doesn’t go beyond 1989).

The gist of her oversimplified argument is that government shouldn’t decide what our kids eat; parents should be the ones responsible. The foolishness of this argument is pretty easy to dismantle, but first, it’s important to note that Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative and the Child Nutrition Act (a.k.a. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act), is not forcing kids to eat what is in schools. They can still brown-bag their lunches.

Public schools by their very definition are public, as in they get funding from the government. So how can the government be meddling too much in a government-funded program?

Public school lunches are the responsibility of the government, so unless Palin is proposing to do away with the public school system altogether, it’s a moot point.

Besides, if you don’t want your kids to have foods that are healthier, I’m pretty sure we’re not at the point that you will be arrested for giving your child a Ho-Ho as their lunch dessert. I know there are some tin foil hatters out there who think that’s what is coming next, but they are lost causes anyway.

“Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents,” says Palin.

Is anyone telling parents that they can’t give their kids lunches to bring to school?

I hate to break it to you, Sarah, but our government sets standards for many things in our society. Would she say that government has no business telling companies not to dump chemicals in public water sources? Or set safety standards in manufacturing plants, or enacting those pesky child labor laws, because you know, parents should be the ones who decide whether or not their eight-year-old should be able to work in the local sweat shop that would be common place in Sarah’s idealist non-government intervention paradise.

Maybe the ultimate irony is in Palin’s championing of parental freedoms to be responsible for their own children, when her strict moral code didn’t even get through to her own daughter who famously had a baby out of wedlock as a teenager.

I’m sorta getting off on a tangent a little, but the point is that Sarah Palin has plenty of problems monitoring or teaching “traditional” values to her own kids.

Let’s get back to what this is all about: mocking the Obamas’ attempts to make foods provided by government funds healthier. It’s as if, in Sarah Palin’s little dream world, we aren’t having an obesity crisis… and even if there is one, hey, it’ll work itself out without the government meddling in our affairs.

Because, you know, that worked out so well with Wall Street.

December 22nd, 2010

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Ben

School lunches should be decided by the school board, which should be elected by the tax payers in that particular communtiy, not Michelle Obama.....I can't stand Palin and she does not articulate well, but her point should be from the perspective of individually elected school boards vs. Michelle Obama, not Michelle Obama against all parents. Michelle is wrong and Palin can't speak, that is the story here. That and a nutrition writer with an agenda of coarse....its too bad honesty is dead...........Just so we are clear, school lunches are decided by school boards, not the Obamas'

posted Jan 31st, 2012 3:01 am


diana

Funny, smart article. Thanks, Jason!

posted Dec 30th, 2010 6:10 pm


Ron

Not a fan of Palin, but she might have a point, despite her inability to articulate it. If part of Michelle Obama's plan is to stick to the current gov't-published food pyramid, no thanks. That's why America's obesity rate is so damn high in the first place!

posted Dec 28th, 2010 4:32 am



dawnd

"Would she say that government has no business telling companies not to dump chemicals in public water sources? Or set safety standards in manufacturing plants, or enacting those pesky child labor laws"

The said answer here is YES. This is exactly what republicans fight against :(

posted Dec 23rd, 2010 2:25 pm


KMB

Smoking. The. Crazy. Palin is out of her mind. Echoing other comments - you can't have too much government involvement in a government program. And our sick, obese, diabetes-plagued society clearly can't make decisions for themselves, so that's when our government has to step in and do it for us. Public schools should be a haven for children when no place else is. That means, serving kids quality, nutritious food. That's part of their education, or should be. Nutrition isn't a punishment. Want a cookie? Eat a cookie. Just not six a day, and at school, healthier options should be presented.

posted Dec 22nd, 2010 8:58 pm


SirClete

This sounds like a hachet job on Sarah Palin. He's building a strawman and naming it Sarah Palin.
These guys must really be afraid of her!!!!!

posted Dec 22nd, 2010 7:45 pm



tdelay

I must admit that I used to like Sarah Palin a lot but the more time goes on, she keeps giving me reasons to regret that.

It's not as if schools are FORCING kids to eat only the food the school provides. If parents want their kids to eat poorly then they can still make their own meals. It's the duty of our PUBLIC schools to look out for the best interest of THE PUBLIC. Jason said it perfectly, "how can the government be meddling too much in a government-funded program?"

In theory, I like what she's saying. The government shouldn't tell us how to raise our children unless, of course, we are putting them in danger. OH WAIT A SECOND, did we forget that subjecting them to the health dangers of poor eating habits IS dangerous?!

Oh Sarah, I really do want to like you (even if it is partly because no one else does!) so can you please try to be a little more realistic? It seems to me like you're just arguing for the sake of arguing.

posted Dec 22nd, 2010 7:08 pm


brianc

No two ways about it, it's irresponsible to serve unhealthy food in public schools. Nutrition is an important part of a child's education, it will seriously impact the quality of their life.

posted Dec 22nd, 2010 6:58 pm


Trudie

How dare the government interfere with the public school system! Oh wait, that's precisely the government's role- PUBLIC schools run on government funding. Moron.

posted Dec 22nd, 2010 4:33 pm



   
 

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