I normally try to keep my politics out of this blog, except for my opposition to genetically modified organisms as foods, environmentally disastrous substances, and destroyers of biodiversity. But, sometimes I have to say something about the absolutely inane things the government does. I don’t like big government and I don’t like the reduction in our Constitutional freedoms that have accelerated in the past 30 years or so or the almost facist state we now live in in the United States. I don’t like Democrats or Republicans, they are each different sides of the same nasty coin that wants to control everything we do and force what they believe down our throats.
So, what is the latest outrage? A preschooler in Raeford, NC, brings a home packed lunch to school. What is in it, you may ask? Twinkies and Coke? Crack cocaine? Evil aspirin? Nope. How about a turkey and cheese on white whole wheat bread sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice. Sounds a lot better than any school lunch I ever saw. No “sweet potato substance” hockey puck disks. No processed turkey slice substances. No, this little girl had a perfectly nutritious and tasty, homemade lunch. No institutional food fit only for schools, prisons, and military mess halls. I mean, have you ever had a school lunch? Even the jazzed up lunches they always had on parent’s day (so we presumably wouldn’t know about the actual swill our kids were being served) was not fit to eat and would make my dog ill.
But, apparantly, our money starved government school systems now seem to have enough cash to hire food nazis, people that inspect home packed lunches to ensure they meet with the all-knowing government’s notion of what a nutritious lunch is for your child. How nice. In Raeford, according to the Carolina Journal News,
A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.
First of all, they have agents inspecting lunch boxes? You have got to be kidding. It is none of the school’s or government’s business what parents feed their children. And, in
this case, that home packed lunch had to have been a million times better than what the school was serving. Oh yeah, they also charged the parents for the school lunch the child was forced to eat. The little girl ate three chicken nuggets, that is it, the other school food went to waste. She didn’t get to eat her sandwich, banana, chips, or drink her apple juice.
As for nutrition and food quality, have you ever eaten a chicken nugget? Mostly breading, with a filler of some kind of processed goo that might have some chicken parts in it. We are not talking chicken strips, there is a big difference. But, a turkey and cheese sandwich is still better than chicken strips for you.
This really is an outrage in more ways than one. Is it any wonder that our government schools are so bad no matter how much money we throw at them?