Government Doesn't Trust Parents to Feed Their Kids

Jenny Erikson
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brown bag lunchIn the world of liberalism, everything is about helping those that can’t help themselves. Tax the rich and give it to the poor starving children and senior citizens, illegal aliens, and sea turtles. Also? Never trust parents to feed their own children.

Taking another step closer to total bureaucratic domination, some public schools in Chicago have banned sack lunches from home, instead requiring all students to partake of the delicious cafeteria food. Yummy, yummy, there’s a party in my tummy!

The goal is a noble one: To provide nutritious brain food to children instead of salty snacks or sugary drinks. After all, junk food is basically tasty arsenic. Little Village Academy’s principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."

Parents have mixed opinions on the no-sack lunch policy, with one parent in favor of the program, saying, “The school food is very healthy, and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food." Who does the grocery shopping in that house, that there’s no control over the food?

In addition to trying to protect parents from super bad parenting decisions like putting a fun size bag of Doritos or a Milky Way bar next to their bologna sandwich and carrot sticks, this liberal policy has a pay-out. The food provider, Chartwells-Thompson, gets a kickback from the federal government for each free or reduced-price lunch it sells, and gets a set fee from Chicago Public Schools for every meal. In case you were wondering, Little Village Academy has a 99.9% low-income rate of enrollment.

The government likes to take from those that have (taxpayers), and redistribute it to those that need (hungry children from poor families). How can anyone not support a program that saves parents from inadvertently poisoning their children with junk food?

How can anyone support a program that takes away our rights as parents to screw our kids up as much as we want in order to support the psychotherapy industry? Is the ‘greater good’ really more important than individual rights? Is the program really helping poor hungry children?

No. The kids throw the lunches in the trash because they’re icky. Our tax dollars at work -- quite literally in the garbage.

 

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