One way you destroy the spirit and engagement of a people is to make them follow nonsensical, stupid rules about existential issues, like healthcare and food. Note the ‘corrective action’ offenders have to go through. This government is going to try to beat the hell out of us until the last moment of the last day they’re in control of this country.
The federal government is taking steps to fine schools that do not comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposed rule Monday to codify parts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama.
The regulation would punish schools and state departments with fines for “egregious or persistent disregard” for the lunch rules that imposed sodium and calorie limits and banned white grains.
A West Virginia preschool teacher was threatened with fines for violating the rules by rewarding her students with candy for good behavior in June 2015. The teacher ultimately did not have to pay, but the school had to develop a “corrective action plan” with training on the policies.
The government now seeks to make fines enforceable by regulation. Section 303 of the law requires that the federal government “establish criteria for the imposition of fines” for all the Department of Agriculture’s child food programs…
“It is important to note that the statutory scheme only anticipates assessments be established in instances of severe mismanagement of a program, disregard of a program requirement of which the program operator had been informed, or failure to correct repeated violations [emphasis in original],” according to the proposed regulation. “These criteria suggest that violations that would result in assessments would be egregious or persistent in nature, remaining unresolved after the normal monitoring and oversight activities have failed to secure corrective action.”
The Food and Nutrition Service is targeting schools that refuse to comply with Mrs. Obama’s lunch rules and said monetary penalties are a “useful tool” to get noncompliant cafeterias in line.
This is about little kids. The problem is more than this administration; it’s a civil servant class that’s helping design, implement and enforce this garbage.
These are proposed rules posted in the Federal Register which means there is a comment period.
Egregious government abuse . School lunches were NEVER a cause for child obesity to begin with .
I’m worried about obese, unhealthy kids in an obese, unhealthy country. It’s a conversation worth having. But micromanaging people into a state of perfection fails, as we observe time and time again. It’s also dehumanizing; we’re trained to look to our betters for permission before every breath.
When I was a kid, I ate garbage food. We all did. Sugar cereal for breakfast, peanut butter and jelly on white bread for lunch, red meat for dinner. I wouldn’t recommend that regimen, and I stick to far healthier fare these days. But we kids didn’t turn into tubs of lard like today. Maybe we just moved more, before computers made movement unnecessary.
I don’t have an issue with a healthy meal for kids . The rigidity & choices are often unappetizing & unappealing to kids . There is nothing wrong with giving a dessert likevonce a week or so . The $$ spent to restrict foods would be better spent using trained dieticians & nutritionists to put together menus that work best for kids .
Enforce gym class not lunch ‘rules’.
Contrast Obama administration response to U.S
school lunch ‘miscreants’ compared to Iran conducting ballistic missile tests contrary to sanctions agreements. We give Iran $150 billion and we fine the U.S. schools. #jerks
Who the heck died and made M.O. queen of the nation. They work for us, not the other way around. Michelle, go pound sand!