Most children are smart enough to make decent decisions — especially when helped along by the attention of at least one devoted parent. Truth be told, most adults are capable of making decisions about their personal lives. Liberals, however, see things otherwise.
In 2006, the New York City Board of Health (all liberals) — banned Trans fats in restaurant cooking – from the corner pizzeria to high-end bakeries. And yes, that’s why the doughnuts and fries in the Big Apple are bland and tasteless these days!
Two years later, the nearly uniformly liberal Los Angeles City Council went into action, putting a one-year moratorium on new fast food restaurants in South L.A., an area with a predominantly poor black and brown population.
The L.A. fast-food ban was supposedly aimed at addressing health issues associated with fast food and poor folks. But while this is something outside of the role of government, it was also an example of the bigotry of low-expectations which inferred that poor black and brown residents of South L.A. were too stupid to know what was healthy and what was not. The government, however, always knows what good for you!
However, appropriate or not, government involvement in child obesity has never proven to be effective. According to a 2009 congressional report, child-nutrition programs cost taxpayers in excess of $19 billion in 2007. How much more will the Obama administration’s “Let’s Move” program add to the taxpayers’ tab? The first lady didn’t bother to tell us about the cost.
One definition of the Nanny State is excessive state action to protect people from the consequences of their actions by restricting citizen options.
It’s a good thing to have Michelle Obama suggest more parental involvement in the lives of their children and to suggest that parents can avoid health problems for their kids by making better food choices.
But, the first lady’s own personal testimony about her children makes it clear that inserting the federal government into decisions that rightly belong to “the people” isn’t the answer. It’s just another government brick in the road to the Nanny State.