Michelle Obama used some unfortunate verbiage in explaining her support for the new "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act." The law, which allows the federal government to regulate the food sold at local schools (including vending machines) for the first time in American history, was passed last summer and has now been signed into effect.
It was at the event that Mrs. Obama spoke poorly:
Speaking at Monday's signing ceremony for the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act"-- a law that will subsidize and regulate what children eat before school, at lunch, after school, and during summer vacations in federally funded school-based feeding programs -- First Lady Michelle Obama said of deciding what American children should eat: "We can't just leave it up to the parents."
We can't just leave it up to the parents. To be fair to Mrs. Obama, if you properly put her comments in context you see that she's saying that parents' efforts at home to instill healthy eating habits can be undone in the myriad hours that students spend at school. Critics immediately jumped on the line, however, and are using it to tout yet another nanny-state approach of the left.
Unfair? Hardly. The reason this type of accusation works is because this is not an isolated incident. This isn't the extent of the Obama-philosophy of running people's lives and stripping people of their individual responsibilities. And consequently, it becomes yet another arrow in the quiver of those who understand that liberal progressivism is attempting to preside over the death of individuality and personal autonomy.
It's true that a proper debate should be held over whether or not the federal government has any business involving itself in the vending machines of local school corporations. The answer is obviously, "no." But you can hardly be surprised that this remark has now, once again, opened up a larger discussion of the role of government in our lives.
It's a bed of the Obamas' own making...now they get to lay in it.