Thursday, April 30, 2009

Senators Want To Tell Your Kids What To Eat At School

It never ends when you start taking "federal" money. Never mind that there's no such thing as "government money" or "federal money", it's really just your money sent to Washington, D.C., bundled up, and sent back to you with strings attached. If you are stupid enough to accept it then you have to live with ever increasing government intrusion forever and ever. Now, because $11 billion of taxpayer money is spent on school food programs, Senator Tom Harkin (Dem-Iowa) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (RINO-Alaska) have submitted legislation to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish "common-sense nutrition standards" for food, beverages, and snacks sold in vending machines, school stores, or other outlets. That's politician speak for getting rid of junk food.

Yeah, nobody wants kids to eat more junk food but who in hell do they think they are? I don't know about schools in your area but I can't find a single school in San Antonio (other than on military bases) built on federal land. I can't find one school designed or built by the federal government. Never saw a school bond issue by the federal government...they've all been local. The teachers, administrators, secretaries, and janitors are not federal government employees. The students are not subjects of an almighty federal king. So, where do they get off telling local school districts what they can and can't do, and telling you what will and will not be available at your kid's school? It's the money you send them that they send back to you that lets them in.

In the U.S. Constitution the federal government is not given any authority over education. Check it out if you think I'm wrong, but you'll find I'm right. The senators proposing this legislation know they have no constitutional authority but they still want to ram this down everyone's throats. Why? Because it increases their power by expanding government. How do they get away with it? We let them. I propose we don't let them anymore. Schools are local not federal. Call Senator Harkin and Senator Murkowski to tell them to keep their noses out of your local business.

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