Michelle Obama fights GOP on school lunch rules

First Lady battling House Republican effort to soften a central part of her anti-childhood obesity campaign
Associated Press
Jul 6, 2014

 

First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet.

She's fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and she says she's ready "to fight until the bitter end."

Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case before her Twitter followers.

"Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?" she wrote in The New York Times. "You don't have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn't make much sense. Yet we're seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools."

Mrs. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat. It was a major achievement, the first update to school lunch rules in decades designed to make school meals more nutritious.

The School Nutrition Association, an industry-backed group that represents school cafeteria workers and originally supported the standards, has now turned against them. The association says it fully supports getting kids to eat healthier but says many districts are losing money because students aren't buying the healthier lunches.

More than 1 million fewer students eat lunch at school each day since the first round of standards went into effect in 2012, following decades of steadily increasing participation, said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the association. A second round of rules, including standards for school breakfasts, took effect July 1.

"How can we call these standards a success when they are driving students away from the program?" she said.

Her group wants more flexibility for districts that are losing money. A House bill to fund the Agriculture Department next year would give districts a chance to apply to skip the requirements for one year.

Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the Republican author of that measure, said the lunch rules go too far and came too fast for school districts to handle.

"As well-intended as the people in Washington believe themselves to be, the reality is that from a practical standpoint these regulations are just plain not working out in some individual school districts," he said after a House panel approved the bill. A vote by the full House is expected after its July Fourth break.

The first lady and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose department runs the school meals program, oppose changing the law.

Critics of the association say the about-face is motivated not only by overburdened school officials but also by the food industry. Food companies are some of the association's highest-paying members and supply schools with most of their food. The industry largely has kept silent through the debate but will spend millions of dollars to reformulate many products to meet the new standards.

"The last thing that we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health, especially when we're finally starting to see some progress on this issue," Mrs. Obama said at the White House, where she met with a group of school nutrition experts, all of whom were friendly toward the standards.

The association requested a meeting with Mrs. Obama and Vilsack. Instead it was invited to sit down next week with Vilsack and Sam Kass, a White House chef who is executive director of the first lady's anti-obesity initiative, along with representatives from a dozen other organizations that favor the standards.

The first lady's publicly aggressive approach against Congress and the school nutrition association stands in stark contrast to the quiet lobbying she did early on, and to her handling of earlier controversies. Her approach has been to bite her tongue and not comment in the heat of the moment.

"She very, very strongly believes in the anti-obesity initiative, and I think she sees the attempt by Congress to roll back the 2010 legislation as just being anathema after trying very hard to change the culture of what we see going into these institutional lunches," said Myra Gutin, who studies first ladies at Rider University.

Mrs. Obama says the requirements are based on sound science and that 90 percent of schools are meeting them. The association says districts are unprepared to meet the newest standards.

"I'm going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools," the first lady said at a White House event where she showcased elementary school students preparing and then eating a salad lunch using vegetables they had planted in her garden on the South Lawn.

The White House has threatened to veto the House bill. The Senate version does not include the one-year waiver.

Comments

Contango

"Study: School lunch veggies, fruit end up in trash":

http://www.ctpost.com/local/arti...

FLOTUS: Always wrong about Soviet-style central planning, but never in doubt.

grumpy

Expect racist and hater comments, instead of folks commenting on what the studies have found to be uneaten by the kids involved. It is better to offer things to the kids they will throw away instead of what the kids will eat. Maybe the kids should be "forced fed" so they will eat as commanded by the gov't. (sarcasm)

deertracker

You two don't get it! What is wrong with promoting healthy eating? Take a look around you. America is unhealthy and needs to address it. Kids have never enjoyed veggies but parents have to be parents. Let them throw away the healthy food and go hungry. That's how it used to be.

Kids are not in charge. Parents are. Act like it.

ladydye_5

There are kids that do eat healthy. The stuff the schools are feeding them is DISGUSTING. Would you eat cut up pepper and tomato, in a bowl with nothing else but that, as your veggie? NO salt/pepper. No dip. No nothing. Just a pepper and tomato in a bowl. My kids eat veggies. But as an adult even I would not eat a pepper and tomato in a bowl.
"Let them throw away the healthy food and go hungry"......yep waste the school money, federal grant money, and the parent's money. That is brilliant.

deertracker

I have no clue what you are talking about. A pepper and a tomato in a bowl?
Be a responsible parent and feed your kids healthy foods and if they don't eat it they can be hungry. Tough love does work sometimes.

Just let them eat and drink whatever they want and whatever happens, happens right? That's really poor parenting!

MY kids ate what we fed them or they got nothing. They were not in charge!

ladydye_5

Yes, our school puts a cherry tomatoes and a cut up green pepper in a bowl and calls that the veggie of the day. No salt and pepper anymore, no ranch dip, no nothing. As an adult I would not even eat that. There are other options than that. Nothing like wasting the governments money, the schools money and the parents money. Everyone wants to scream and cry about wasted tax money....there it is...in the trash can.

deertracker

Pack your kid's lunches! Problem solved!

ladydye_5

double post

Contango

Re: "Let them throw away the healthy food,"

H*ll, the federal govt. is ONLY $18 trillion in debt (and growing) with tens of trillions more in potentially unfunded earned and unearned entitlement liabilities. What's a few trillion more, eh?

swiss cheese kat

did you take a bong hit before you posted this?

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The Hero Zone

Check out the Sidwell Friends School lunch menu for what the kids of Congress and the Presidency eat.

I have no doubt that Marie Antoinette was very well meaning when she said, "Let them eat cake." What else did she know people to eat? Her husband, too, had the best of intentions when he declared, "I will go it alone."

Oops, meant to say "L'etat c'est moi." I got my unpopular but well intentioned kings mixed up there. Sorry grumpy. Sarcasm can be cathartic though can't it?

grumpy

Sarcasm, irony, and satire are acquired tastes. It was practiced in my house when we grew up and took seed early. When my family gets together it gets real thick real fast.

jazzbo

Let's give them candy instead , right ?

coasterfan

Studies show that, if it's good for you, or a pro-health initiative, conservatives will fight it. Yes, let's follow their lead, and be pro-obesity and pro-diabetes. And let's not forget their pro-coal mining stance that leads to lung disease and a contaminated water and air supply? The list is endless. Most of their anti-government regulation initiatives are also anti-safety in nature.

Yes, let's consider what it means to be a Republican in 2014: ignore the fact that our stance on many issues shortens our lives, all in the name of personal freedom.

Me? I'd rather be free to lead a long healthy life, and thank those politicians (mostly Democrat) who place a higher priority on policies that make healthy living possible.

Contango

Re: "Studies show that, if it's good for you, or a pro-health initiative, conservatives will fight it."

"Studies show"? LMAO!!!!

So d*mn funny, that I couldn't read past the first sentence!!!

To quote you: "Please feel free to infuse a few facts (in)to your rants,"

swiss cheese kat

did you take a bong hit before you posted this?

coasterfan

In Contango's alternate reality, Republicans don't fight any/all government regulations that would force businesses to keep our water and air supply clean. The BP oil spill never happened, no one opposed nationalized health care, no one opposed limits on purchases of sugar-sweetened soft drinks in NYC, and no conservative politician has ever campaigned on anti-government regulation platform.

My point is that you didn't cite any "studies" in your first post. My 2nd point is that the things I mentioned in my reply are so readily obvious and observable by everyone that no citations are needed. Sorry dude, but your party has a deplorable record on environmental/safety issues. It's not up for debate.

Rolls eyes....

Darwin's choice

The only thing "obvious" is the spoon fed rhetoric of your "party" you constantly bemoan!
Sorry dude, but your party has failed in everything you've been called out on, yet you keep blabbing your propaganda.

obama/failed

Contango

Re: "no citations are needed."

You think it, therefore it is? LMAO!!!

Smacks heavily of solipsism.

To quote you again:

“Please…provide scientific evidence and/or results from research studies that support your viewpoint.”

- coasterfan, 3/13/14

SamAdams

Should kids eat healthy foods? Absolutely! So should the rest of us. That being said, there are a host of other things that play into whether or not we eat the ideal meal at every setting. Is it available? Can we afford it? Do we like it?

If it's too expensive for many schools, and if the kids won't eat it, you've got two virtually insurmountable strikes right there. Of course, expense and individual desire mean nothing to the Obama administration. THEY know what's best for you! I agree that schools shouldn't serve Twinkies for lunch. But what's wrong with pizza? There are plenty of ways to make it healthier! What's wrong with a burger, especially prepared with lean meat and fresh toppings? Why can't a kid enjoy a taco with some beans on the side?

I don't object to educating children as to healthy eating (more than a few parents could use the lessons, too). I don't object to having fresh fruit available for snacks and the like. I DO object to force feeding (which is what this has become) and I CERTAINLY object to the waste of taxpayer dollars for foods that end up in the trash! The government one-size-fits-all regulations only make matters worse (a varsity football player, for example, REQUIRES more calories than does the chess club president).

Instead of being a resource for education via the National Institutes of Health, the Surgeon General's office, etc., the government insists on playing Big Brother (actually, more like Big Mother), a role it shouldn't -- and was never intended to -- play. Let schools educate and decide. Let kids learn and decide. Let parents do their jobs. BUTT OUT, Michelle!

coasterfan

It's FAR less expensive to do things that prevent future health problems than it is to treat the long term health problems that result from poor diet. If conservatives truly were concerned about the deficit, they would be in favor of pro-health initiatives.

This isn't a surprise. Everyone knows that it's better to spend money building schools than on building prisons, yet Republicans can always be counted on to vote down funding for Education.

The point is that parents AREN'T doing their jobs teaching healthy eating to their kids, because they don't exercise and have poor diets THEMSELVES. It's well-documented that the current generation of children will be the first in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. Michelle is doing something to address the problem. Conservatives, as usual, are doing nothing....other than pointing fingers.

Contango

Re: "The point is that parents AREN'T doing their jobs teaching healthy eating to their kids,"

So it's the State's job to replace the parents?

Perhaps the State should institute Soviet-style fat camp re-education gulags?

FORWARD SOVIET!

Dr. Information

Whats Michelle going to do next, force McDonalds to offer more healthy food?

This plan, just like every other Obama plan has failed. Schools are losing money, which in turn comes back to the taxpayer for more support.

Stop the government madness.

deertracker

Another idiotic comment right on que!

jazzbo

Dr. Information-

Everything you said in your comment is nuts.

Contango

Re: "Another idiotic comment right on que (sic)!"

"Cue," nitwit.

The Big Dog's back

So deuce pooh, what's your solution to get parents to get their kids to eat healthier?

Contango

Re: "your solution to get parents to get their kids to eat healthier?"

So why are you fat, a smoker and out of shape with a pacemaker?

What happened to you; poor upbringing?

More govt. AIN'T the answer.

The Big Dog's back

So other than your deuce laying, you have no answer. Just as I thought.

Contango

Re: "you have no answer."

Only in socialistic societies do the central planners need to try to figure everything out.

Free societies let individuals choose. Just like you chose to get fat, smoke and eventually wear a pacemaker.

deertracker

Why do you drink so much pooh? Poor upbringing? Did your priest get a little too touchy for you or did you like it?

Contango

Re: "Why,"

Off-topic nonsense, pippy.

deertracker

Why pooh?

deertracker

You are talking out of both sides of your mouth Sham. You are okay with promoting healthy eating as long as it is not Mrs. Obama promoting it. It's very simple. Eat what is served or go hungry.

SamAdams

Oh. My. GOD. You and I actually agree on something! "Eat what is served or go hungry." I'm entirely fine with that. But what I'm NOT fine with is a government mandate that everyone must eat exactly this or exactly that.

What you are in effect saying is: "Oh, poor ignorant citizen. You're too dumb to know better, or you're too dumb to LEARN better, so I -- because I'm smarter than you and know what's best for you -- will determine what you can and can't do."

I'm not going to say that people don't make stupid decisions. I'm sure you've made some bad choices, and I sure have! But, while we also doubtless agree that we ought to be TOLD something is better or worse for us than something else, we don't have freedom if we don't make our own choices.

Yes, I know you (or at least some here) excuse this particular mandate based on the fact that it could cause medical problems someday. But then how long will it be before you ban most sports? Before you ban some hobbies? Before you ban motorcycles? Or cars?

The bottom line is that there are a HOST of risky things out there that we might choose to enjoy! Yes, we need to learn how to ensure our parachute is properly folded or our bungee jumping equipment is sound. We need to learn which mushrooms are poisonous if we're going to take up mushrooming as a hobby. But while it's certainly within the government's purview to offer up what it knows ("bungee cords that are too long will result in death"), it shouldn't be outright banning things that don't directly endanger others.

If Mrs. Obama wants to tell everybody that broccoli is good for you, I'm fine with that. Heck, I'm just fine with students being taught that carrots are a better choice than candy (and why). What I'm NOT okay with is Mrs. Obama MANDATING broccoli, or with you (or anybody else) BANNING candy! Don't you see the difference?

The Big Dog's back

Gee, why didn't I think of that. Right wingnuts know everything. SMHD!

swiss cheese kat

did you take a bong hit before you posted this?

The Big Dog's back

"Let kids learn and decide. Let parents do their jobs." How's that worked out sam?

jazzbo

@ SamAdams

" I CERTAINLY object to the waste of taxpayer dollars for foods that end up in the trash!"

-- You should have seen the food I saw thrown out at just ONE Army mess hall.

grumpy

deleted as Sam said it better.

coasterfan

Classic Republican response. Attack the person, and don't address any of the easily observable, valid points he makes. To pretend that recent history didn't happen, to pretend that the GOP has a pro-health stance...sorry, dudes, you convince no one. Have a good day :)

Contango

Re: "Attack the person, and don't address any of the easily observable, valid points he makes."

"Easily observable"? VERY weak argument.

To quote you:

“Please…provide scientific evidence and/or results from research studies that support your viewpoint.”

- coasterfan, 3/13/14

jazzbo

RE: ""Easily observable"? VERY weak argument."

- Yes , easily observable , except to a blind man.

grumpy

You mean you are now a Republican? If you want an example of you doing that read your response to contango's first comments for how YOU did what you just claim is a Repube response. Do you know what a hypocrite is? Just look in the mirror. Demonstrated in your posts in this blog within an hours time. Thanks for being an example.

coasterfan

Oh, jeez. So Contango stores comments other local people have made, and keeps these in a dated index? One wonders why he isn't able to do that with things his own party does/says?
This morning, I'm actually being asked to provide proof that Republicans act as they do, and say things they do.

It's YOUR platform, why not own up to it? Contango opened this discussion with a rant about Michelle's pro-health initiative, taking the classic Republican stance. He then asks for proof that Republicans have an anti-health platform. In response, I would say that the best source would be to look inside Contango's own archive of his own online posts at the SR.

Contango

Re: "Oh, jeez."

Repeatedly stated: Independent, not a Repub.

You've learned well about repeating lies from socialist propagandists.

Re: "Michelle's pro-health initiative,"

Only a "group-think" robotic Marxist believes in the efficient functioning of bureaucratic central planning - congrats comrade.

grumpy

"I'm actually being asked to provide proof that Republicans act as they do, and say things they do."

No. you are being asked to provide proof of studies you claimed have been made on what Repubes are against. I guess you don't have very good reading comprehension. Either that or you are just trying to deflect from what was actually written into what you WISHED was asked. Try answering what was actually asked. Still waiting for that study you claimed was made. Actually you claimed studies, not just one. This is just one more example of your truthfulness in your comments. Is it any wonder you are not believed? You only need to lie once to loose your credibility, and this is far from the first time with you. Thanks again for being an example.

Restless1

Children's tastes change as they develop. A hamburger, hot dog, pizza, even a balogne sandwich in the stomach is better than a spinach salad in the trash. I raised children and watched their preferences mature.

deertracker

No, you supervised children. You call the shots. Spinach salads are very tasty. Try one. Bologna, hot dogs and some ground beef is absolute JUNK!

sugar

It's none of your concern what anyone eats, zip, zero, nadda. Mind your own F'ing business.

ladydye_5

I do love a nice fried bologna sammich now and again! Tank's (in Elmore) homemade bologna. Fresh WHITE BREAD.....and mustard....yummmy! Sometimes you just need to enjoy life. I'll have a salad for dinner.

deertracker

This isn't about you. You are an adult!

Contango

Re: "This isn't about you,"

But govt. interfering with a parent's free choice is OK with you, pippy?

I know seniors who grew up eating fried baloney sandwiches - you should live so long.

deertracker

You are really dumb! It's not about me or you for that matter. You probably enjoy eating feces though. Just add sugar if you get tired of the same old taste!

swiss cheese kat

did you take a bong hit before you posted this?

Dr. Information

Coaster, name one large government controlled business that has actually worked?

USPS? Nope, its failing. SS? Been robbed left and right to pay for everything and it will run out one day......more borrowing, here we come.

coaster, you are your own worst enemy in your self centered delusional world. lol.

jazzbo

RE: " you are your own worst enemy in your self centered delusional world. lol."

--I thought you were talking about Republicans.

Dr. Information

failed comeback kiddo, nice try however.

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thinkagain

Moochie Obigbutt has nothing on the Pantsuit Socialist.

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Donegan

The progressive/liberal control freaks are out in force. If they showed as much interest in guarding the borders and enforcing the laws on the books as they do wanting to control what people eat we would not have half the problems this idiot admin has created.

sugar

absolutely!

YoMamma

So let's take Michelle for her word that she truely wants to help the children. I can live with that. Now look at who is shopping with their SNAP cards and look at their obesity rate. If she truely is worried about the poor nutrition why not limit what can be purchased on the SNAP cards? Clearly many of the overweight families, children especially, are on government assistance. These programs need to limit the unhealthy purchases made by the user.

Next, force the schools to stop serving premade items that may meet the guidelines by the numbers, but are clearly poor choices. Things like processed chicken nuggets, nachos and cheese.

Contango

Re: "limit what can be purchased on the SNAP cards,"

The system is easily circumvented in order to gain cash.

Remember: When govt. isn't working, MORE govt. is the answer.

FORWARD SOVIET (until the economic collapse)!

deertracker

How would you implement and enforce such a program in a FREE society? HOW? If you think only poor kids are fat you only shop at the first of the month!

Contango

Re: "How would you implement and enforce such a program in a FREE society?"

One wouldn't.

Trapped in the dumbed-downed Marxist group-think box, eh?

YoMamma

Well for starts stop pretending the problem is only going to be solved by school lunches.

ladydye_5

Agreed, you cannot fix this with one lunch a day.

Mum-of-One

Ban broccoli nobody should have to eat that ever! This is really about obesity. What about the kids who are not obese. They can make healthy choices let them choose. More choice would mean less waste. There is no way any kid could get obese on school lunch even before the new healthy lunch was introduced.

pntbutterandjelly

Sarah Palin she ain't (Thank GOD!!)

How can anyone be against better health concepts and practices? Oops! I forgot. They are Repugnuts! my bad

The Big Dog's back

That says it all. Case closed.

Contango

Re: "How can anyone be against better health concepts and practices?"

Nice straw man argument.

So it's the govt.'s job to set the tone?

Set some guidelines, block grant funds and let the states and individual locales decide their course of action.

One size fits all only appeals to authoritarian-totalitarians.

sugar

No one is against healthy choice suggestions, what we are against is our Fed Gov pushing it's choices on us.

deertracker

Are you still in school? What you are against is the First Lady!

Contango

Re: "What you are against is the First Lady!"

Nonsensical straw man argument, pippy.

Obviously the dumbed-downed Obamabots are too stupid to know what to eat and need to be told by FLOTUS.

fredinperkins

With all do respect, Michelle Obama is nothing more or nothing less than the millions of voting Americans who rightfully voice an opinion. The access to the pulpit does not give her any standing over the legislative branch of the government. Remember Nancy Reagan's push for "just say no" campaign against drugs? Again, admirable but how well has that worked out. To quote Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: parents teach your children well...!

dontknowmuch

If Mrs. Oblama is so worried about what kids are eating in schools, why does she turn a cold shoulder to what can be bought with a SNAP card. Vast numbers of students are getting reduced or free lunches and the Mrs. wants to tackle that. So Johnny says the heck with the healthy crap and runs home after school to drink soda, chips, candy and all kinds of sugary sweet snaps. A school lunch is not the root cause of obesity, its all the chit they're eating at home, but the dillards in Washington aren't smart enough to figure that out.

sugar

Where, where, where in the Constitution does it say that the Feds and/ or FLOTUS has the authority to chastise us on food choices? The powers of the gov are outlined specifically, and the lunch menu isn't one of them. I have a solution, those who want to deal with the tyranny of lunch please sign up for Fed subsidized lunches, leave the rest of us alone.

The Big Dog's back

You are a bonafide right wingnut.

Donegan

You must excuse Dog, He needs the government to tell him what to eat. He panics at the mere thought of having to make a decision on his own about anything. It could be dog crap and Big dog would eat it if you told him it was Obama approved liberal Dog s**t.

Darwin's choice

He's been eating "treats" out of the cat's pan for a while now, he believes it will get the taste of obama from his mouth....

obama/failed

ladydye_5

If schools have the ability to ban peanuts because of allergies, what about all these new regulations about whole grains. There are kids that are "allergic" to wheat, celiac disease? Are the schools (government) going to make adjustments for them? How will kids eat a whole grain bun, bread or tortilla without getting violently ill?

notforme

Children with special nutritional needs are accommodated. Duh!

SamAdams

Here's what I find TRULY fascinating:

The progressive liberal wants women to have "choices" as to what to do with their own bodies.

The progressive liberal wants anyone who chooses to go to college to have it paid on the taxpayer dime.

The progressive liberal wants everyone in the WORLD to have the choice to come to America (and live off the American taxpayer).

And yet that self-same progressive liberal can't tolerate the idea that parents choose what to teach their kids when it comes to personal matters, and couldn't possibly deal with the idea that local schools could choose school lunch menus.

Apparently, the progressive liberal is all in favor of freedom as long as the rest of us understand that means we're "free" to agree with them!

Contango

Excellent points.

Re: "parents,"

Considering also that taxpayer funded socialistic entitlement programs have created millions of single moms and orphans.

The unintended consequence is now the socialists believe they must tell the dumbed-down dependent masses that they helped to create what to eat.

SamAdams

Let's not forget that a good part of the "dumbing down" comes from yet ANOTHER progressive liberal notion -- "one-size-fits-all" education, as mandated from Washington (don't get me started on the nonsense that is "Common Core," either). Not so very long ago, kids were taught to cook, sew, etc. in schools. This was a REQUIRED course, not an elective course. Part and parcel of the cooking segment was a foundation in nutrition.

Kids were able to learn to cook REAL food (as opposed to peel open a package). Whether we like it or not, it's a whole lot EASIER to nuke a ready-made and chemical-, fat-, salt-, and sugar-laden meal, especially when you have no real clue how to make yourself an omelet or veggies with a nice sauce! Sure, Mom and Dad ought to be teaching their kids, but most younger parents now are products of the SAME lack of education, and what do they teach their kids? That pizza rolls are dinner!

Contango

Re: "most younger parents now are products of the SAME lack of education, and what do they teach their kids?"

Good point.

When I was a kid, eating out was a luxury. Packaged food was also.

My spouse and I seldom eat out, 'cause we're such good cooks. I prefer what we cook, to what we can get at most restaurants.

Last night for example:

Grilled Cajun seasoned bone-in chicken breasts.
Grilled asparagus.
Baked Potato.
Garlic Flatbread (store bought).
Pinot Noir (Greg Norman).

SamAdams

Wow. I wanna come to YOUR house for dinner, LOL!

One other nice thing to have learned growing up was what it's like to have a garden. Even when I lived in apartments, I had at least a small garden (container gardening isn't that tough, it's not expensive, and you get fresh veggies and herbs out of it -- something ELSE more people ought to be taught and encouraged to do). While I can't match your meal, I can tell you that I was able to get a pretty good harvest out of the garden this weekend with much, MUCH more to come.

If Mrs. Obama wants to educate students, mandating over-priced, under-portioned, and less-than-tempting school lunches isn't the way to do it.

notforme

Mrs. Obama is also promoting home gardens and school gardens. Isn't that great!

The Big Dog's back

You forgot the Kesslers pooh.

Contango

Re: "You,"

Enjoy your new "best buddy" in your chest, puppy.

Dr. Information

Another Obama, another failure. Par for the day.

notforme

Since the 1960's the Federal government has had regulations regarding how Federal Funds supporting school lunch programs can be used. The states/schools do not have to apply for these funds.
School children have always been known to throw parts/all of their lunch in the trash at school, even the lunches that they bring from home. They often trade parts of their lunches with friends who want to trade. The children are making their choices.
I don't understand all the sudden upset about changing the guidelines so that the government is supporting healthier choices.
I know lots of children who like the healthier choices, especially where they have salad bar options.
Some of the problem is emanating from the cafeteria employees who have to now take more time to prepare some of the fresh food that is being offered.
I guess change is difficult for people. Others just like to jump on anything that comes from the Democrats as some huge, outrageous infringement upon their personal freedoms. Maybe they should just tell the schools not to take the money.

Contango

Re: "Since the 1960's the Federal government has had regulations regarding how Federal Funds supporting school lunch programs can be used."

Yep! A lot of wrong-headed, expensive big govt. policies and programs originated in the lefty 60s.

Don't take the money? Wasn't it 'appropriated' from the citizens in the first place?

Not only do the Democrat kleptocrats like to steal money, but when they give a portion of it back (after handling fees), they want to tell you how to use it. lol

notforme

Steal?? I wouldn't call it that, anymore than Republicans "steal" money to pay for things that they think are important, like fences or charter schools. "Steal" is not an appropriate word to describe how taxes are obtained.

The Big Dog's back

pooh's not much into the REAL CONSTITUTION. sam and pooh are into the right wingnut version of the Constitution.

notforme

Seems like they are closer to the Libertarian mindset, which is closer to the far right wing (Tea Party)of the Republican Party than anyone politically at the center or left of center. I have read their other posts. Seem like very unhappy people. Definitely on a mission of some sort. Have a great day!

Contango

Re: Libertarian (sic) mindset"

Classical liberalism: Social liberal, fiscal conservative.

Not surprised that someone influenced by Marxist philosophy would have difficulty understanding personal freedom and individual responsibility.

Contango

Re: "not much into the REAL CONSTITUTION."

You confuse it with Marx's Ten Planks, puppy.

Contango

Re: "Republicans "steal" money to pay for things that they think are important,"

Yea, the Repubs are thieves too - so what?

Taxes aren't taken by force?

grumpy

"Taxes aren't taken by force?"

More like threat of force.

""Steal" is not an appropriate word to describe how taxes are obtained."

When your money is taken by threat of force and spent on things you don't agree with, what do you call it? Your little pony?

Anytime my money is taken by threat of force I would consider it stealing. You can call it your little pony all you wish but that doesn't make it so. An NO spending tax dollars is not an investment, it is an expense. I expect to be paid interest when I invest in something.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, that darn Constitution gets in your way of thinking again.

grumpy

Yep, legal stealing backed by the Constitution. Not all that hard to think of it that way. Every country does it. If I didn't accept it I would go off grid, but I accept it for what it is. I don't try to make it what it isn't, voluntary. Like every other law passed it is enforced by threat of force. You do believe in laws don't you piddles?

puddin95

Why is it the schools responsibility to monitor what kids eat? It should be the parents. My mom packed my lunch for school, Dad some times but his sucked.

Informed

It is the school's responsibility if the school is providing the food.

Dr. Information

Michelle is a true figurative role model for healthy eating....said no one ever. She should lose the cellulite and badonkadonk before she tries telling others how to live healthy.

The New World Czar

Doesn't Michelle's behavior remind some of Aunt Esther on Sanford and Son?