Monday, May 7, 2012

Nanny State Alert: School Bake Sales Banned in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has enacted new nutritional standards which will result in junk food, pizza, whole milk, bake sale items, and white bread being banned in the public schools as of Aug. 1.  Why do bureaucrats think they *know* better than moms and dads?  These politicians or government workers just have to freaking control every aspect of our lives from cradle to grave. The whole "Julia" Obama campaign composite is a perfect example of that. So much for freedom to choose.  The government in MA has no right to ban junk food in public schools.  Some kids are overweight and they think that gives them the right to control what kids eat at lunch time. And, what parents must buy to meet some random government standard? Dictating what type of food parents must provide for lunch? This nonsense has got to stop! This is yet another reason to home school or find a really good private school to send your kids to. The parents aren't happy about this intrusion which will effectively end fundraising bake sales for various school programs.

From The Boston Herald:

But parents argue crudites won’t cut it when the bills come due on athletic equipment and band trips.
“If you want to make a quick $250, you hold a bake sale,” said Sandy Malec, vice president of the Horace Mann Elementary School PTO in Newtonville. 
Maura Dawley of Scituate said the candy bars her 15-year-old son brought to school to help pay for a youth group trip to Guatemala “sold like wildfire.” She worries the ban “would seriously affect the bottom line of the PTOs. 
“The goal is to raise money,” Dawley said. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.” 
Food fundraisers have helped send the renowned Danvers High School Falcon Band to the Rose Bowl Parade in California and the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. Danvers Parents for Music Education sell fudge because “it still works,” said the group’s president, Matthew Desmond. “Even my wife will buy it.” 
Middleboro School Committeeman Brian Giovanoni, whose board will discuss the mandatory meal makeover Thursday night, said, “My concern is we’re regulating what people can eat, and I have a problem with that. I respect the state for what they’re trying to do, but I think they’ve gone off the deep end. I don’t want someone telling me how to do my job as a parent. ... Is the commonwealth of Massachusetts saying our parents are bad parents?”
Spot on Brian Giovanoni! 

Beware of the idiot who defends this nonsensical food takeover. 


Silverfiddle said...

This is why government has no business running schools. Bureaucrats have no concept of money, profit, etc. All they know is the dollars grow on government-sponsored trees.

This is the thinking that has brought us to the brink of fiscal calamity.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

There's really only one reason for all of this ... Lefties that need job security.

Quite Rightly said...

Lefties would love for the rest of us to believe that they choose apples over apple pie and carrots over carrot cake.

Bunkerville said...

Sick of all of them!

The Watcher said...

Michelle Obama was quoted as saying, 'RIGHT ON!'...or perhaps she said, 'Right arm' - no one could tell around the mouthful of ribs and fries.

Opus #6 said...

Lefties, rules for THEE, not for MEEEE!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

That's just crazy! No whole milk? No bake sale? What was one of the other things? No pizza?

I know what my kids should be eating. My twins are tiny and I'm supposed to give them whole milk. So, maybe the government should make all kids drink it. ;)

Things like this are one of the many reasons we home school. Thank you for posting! :) Man, next thing you know they'll be coming to our homes and looking in our cupboards.

Right Wing Theocrat said...

I hope they fight these food nazis all the way until they're defeated. These bureaucrats have no right to tell people they can't hold a bake sale or can't sell chocolates.