Obama administration: We need to control marketing of children’s food

posted at 2:55 pm on May 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As any parent knows, there are a lot of unhealthy food choices in the market for children — and adults, for that matter.  TV marketing usually emphasizes the most sugary, fatty choices to families; watch Saturday morning television if anyone without kids doubts it.  Schools routinely offer some of the worst possible choices to students at all levels, mainly in an attempt to raise revenues.  Which of these problems should become the purview of the federal government?  President Obama says all of them:

A White House report warns, “The childhood obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis.”

The review by the Task Force on Childhood Obesity says one out of every three children is overweight or obese. The task force is a key part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to solve the problem of obesity within a generation. President Obama ordered the comprehensive review of the issue.

First the crisis, and then the intervention:

The task force wants junk food makers and marketers to go on what amounts to an advertising diet. It says media characters that are often popular with kids should only be used to promote healthy products. If voluntary efforts fail to limit marketing of less healthy products to young viewers, the task force suggests the FCC should consider new rules on commercials in children’s programming. It also challenges food retailers to stop using in-store displays to sell unhealthy food items to children.

The advisory panel proposes better food content labeling on products and vending machines. Restaurants and vending machine companies are urged to display calorie counts. The experts say the FDA and USDA should cooperate with the food and beverage industries to develop a standard system of nutrition labeling on the front of packages. The study also suggests that restaurants should re-evaluate portion sizes, improve kids’ menus and list more healthy food choices.

The White House study says school systems should consider efforts to promote healthier food in cafeterias. One idea: “swap deep fryers for salad bars.”

Left unstated is whether the federal government will go as far as Santa Clara County, CA in banning Happy Meals, but that’s the direction in which the White House clearly wants to move.  They want to use whatever power they have to limit choices to children and adults, and interpose themselves in place of parents.  It comes as part of the same effort that led Congress to include a federal menu mandate in ObamaCare that will put small restaurant chains at a serious disadvantage to larger operations.  It puts the nanny in nanny-state government.

If the federal government wants to do anything, it should limit itself to the schools.  Cafeteria choices are limited and mostly lousy, and vending machines offer the worst alternatives to kids locked into facilities for hours on end.  Parents would do better to pack lunches and snacks, but they certainly can demand an end to high-sugar, high-fat foods on campus.  We don’t need the federal government’s involvement to do that, but since they’re already involved in what should be local decisions on education, they at least have the entree to apply pressure in the right direction.

The effort to press restaurants into “re-evaluating” portion sizes sounds voluntary, at least for the moment, but the FCC and FDA involvement does not.  The federal government has no business telling private enterprises what kind of mascots to use in advertising or restricting their ability to advertise a legal product.  Unfortunately, we have precedent with the tobacco and liquor industries, and doubtless nanny-staters will rely on that precedent.  The only problem with that argument is that Captain Crunch isn’t Joe Camel, and sugary cereals aren’t addictive.  They may be bad choices for habitual eating, but the federal government doesn’t exist to save us from a few bad choices.  If that becomes their mission, then we will have few choices left to ourselves at all, and we can stop pretending to be a free people and admit that we have made ourselves wards of the nanny-state.

When ObamaCare came up for debate, we warned that government control of health care would provide leverage for massive oversight on personal choices.  This is exactly what we can expect — with the rationalization that we end up paying for the health care costs associated with poor choices.  The proper approach would be to make everyone responsible for their own health-care costs and let that act to limit choices instead.  We need a healthy dose of Mind Your Own Business in government policy these days.

What do you think the proper level of government involvement should be?  Take the poll:


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How about the feds do their jobs and lock up the sexual predators that make it impossible for parents to let their children play outside, in many cases?

Oh right, it’s a lot easier to get in the face of evil food manufacturers, then it is to stand up to child rapists.

Worthlessness would be an improvement for Barack Obama.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Abolish the Education Department and give control back to the hands of the state.

Enoxo on May 11, 2010 at 2:58 PM

How about they ban those evil X-Boxes and Wii’s and promote Nerf and Schwinn products instead.

multiuseless on May 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

National parents.

lorien1973 on May 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

We need to control marketing of children’s food?

This sh%t just never stops with this bunch…

… does it?

Good thing the economy has been fixed and there are jobs a plenty.

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Death by nanny.

John the Libertarian on May 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

If everyone is so fat why do I see commercials asking me to donate to stop hunger in America?

darwin on May 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I’m convinced that this is a means to control food distribution. With monetary control, energy control and now…..food control…. game over folks, the shackles are on—we’re slaves.

hard to fight back and win when your hungry, poor and the lights won’t turn on.

that’s how it is under Ortega in Nicaragua…

ted c on May 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

As Rush once said: “You eat your lunch; I’ll eat mine and we both just mind our own damn business”.

kurtzz3 on May 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

How long before we have a child limit of one per household like China does? This government must be put in check!

search4truth on May 11, 2010 at 3:02 PM

It’s not a federal issue.

If everyone is so fat why do I see commercials asking me to donate to stop hunger in America?

darwin on May 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I think all the homeless individuals in my town are actually quite plump.

deidre on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Seriously, if even 5 minutes of time in the White House is devoted to this crap and there is a successful terrorist attack on our soil, there will be pitchforks and torches storming the gates.

myrenovations on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

And so it begins. Where’s all the leftist trolls on this site who laughed “They’re not going to dictate our diets too us, don’t be an idiot”

Well here you are. Vie vill kontrol vot you eet.

I want these people out. Jan 15, 2012 can’t come soon enough.

Skywise on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

While laws and government are undoubtedly the wrong way to approach this, by and large people really underestimate the hardcore psychology that goes into that sort of marketing. It’s powerful stuff; not enough parents are aware of it, nor do any of them seem to have the will to just say no to their kids.

ernesto on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Sorry folks, this bho and mo think they need their slimy fingers in our lives from birth to grave. The sad part, those very large people will do as they dang well please on what they eat.
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letget on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Love the Jillian Michael ad strategically placed in the story!

kurtzz3 on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

When that woman can make a dent in the size of her own incredibly huge ass, then I might take her seriously.

D2Boston on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

What about Tater Tots? They’re not going to take away our Tater Tots…are they?

sdd on May 11, 2010 at 3:04 PM

The kids mostly hate the school lunch food. Right now they feed an evening meal to poor kids before they go home to eat what mama cooks. No wonder obesity is a problem. Next they’ll want to raise taxes to feed all the kids before they go home. The Feds always get things wrong.

Kissmygrits on May 11, 2010 at 3:04 PM

You know, I think at some point you have more than enough control, President Obama. Don’t you have a car company and a healthcare industry to run?

Aitch748 on May 11, 2010 at 3:04 PM

When liberals ask how our freedoms are being lost. This is prime example.

Remember the Happy Meal.

petunia on May 11, 2010 at 3:04 PM

As Rush once said: “You eat your lunch; I’ll eat mine and we both just mind our own damn business”.

kurtzz3 on May 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Until they want a peice of your pizza then make you feel bad for eating it so they can get the whole thing.

blah

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I think we need to control looking at Michelle’s ugly face. That is something that needs to be regulated.

search4truth on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM

sigh… This is insane and making my blood boil. How prophetic de Tocqueville and Hayek were:

Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

What Tocqueville did not consider was how long such a government would remain in the hands of benevolent despots when it would be so much more easy for any group of ruffians to keep itself indefinitely in power by disregarding all the traditional decencies of political life.

Firefly_76 on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM

You’ll take a mcgriddle from my cold dead hands.

lorien1973 on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Stay out of my life and my family’s lives you G.D. statists!!!

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM

ernesto on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Being the father of a two-year old, let me say that junk food marketing is the very, very least of my worries.

Having to grow up in a country that’s woefully indebted because of idiot entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare is a much bigger worry for me.

Let’s keep the junk food and get rid of the junk programs, how about it?

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Nothing. It’s not a federal issue. 84% (281 votes)

Demand healthier school food, let the market take care of everything else 15% (51 votes)

Interesting how many people want the Government to deal with this, even though it isn’t a “Federal” issue.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Man that picture brings back awesome memories. McDonalds FTW.

Red Cloud on May 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Did you really expect anything different, especially now that the government determined it needed oversee healthcare?!?

After all, this administration needs these children to live the longest lives possible in order to repay the massive amount of debt being dumped on them…

Neo-con Artist on May 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM

It’s powerful stuff; not enough parents are aware of it, nor do any of them seem to have the will to just say no to their kids.

ernesto on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Then some non-governmental group should get together, raise money to air educational commercials and tv programs to let people know how to combat the messaging.

myrenovations on May 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I want these people out. Jan 15, 2012 can’t come soon enough.

Skywise on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

your a year short…..it’s 2013…

*sigh*

ted c on May 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM

A big bunch of arugula in every pot!

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Viva la happy meal!

cmsinaz on May 11, 2010 at 3:08 PM

This administration (and liberals in general) won’t be happy until they legislate us into tofu eating, hemp wearing, droned out beige toyota Camry drivers.

Keep your hands off my children, family, property you mother****ers!!!!

portlandon on May 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM

There should be no such thing as junk food. Food choices are choices, what happened to the right to choose.

fourdeucer on May 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM

If the federal government wants to do anything, it should limit itself to the schools.

The federal government should not do anything. If it’s not an issue of direct public safety, it’s not a proper role for any level of government. There is no way that it’s appropriate for the federal government.

tom on May 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Kill as many unborn children as you want at any time. Have as much sex in any fashion, with whomever or whatever you choose. Take whatever drugs you want. We’ll control every other aspect of your lives because, frankly, you’re too stupid to make your own non-sex and drug choices.

TheBigOldDog on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

If everyone is so fat why do I see commercials asking me to donate to stop hunger in America?

darwin on May 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I’ve got a solution for world hunger… why don’t we kill the fat people and feed them to the people suffering starvation. Problem solved.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

portlandon on May 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM

You forgot subaru drivers. BTW I hate subaru and their slow drivers.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Re: sugary cereals aren’t addictive

That depends on the definition of “addictive.” It doesn’t take much to change the literal meaning of it and don’t pass it by nanny-staters to start trying now that they have an official government-authorized target.

Scranton on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

When you don’t know how to Govern – you have to make stuff up to look busy … That sums up these people IMO..

wheels on May 11, 2010 at 3:11 PM

other than making school lunches healthy (which would be hard as most school lunches are already quite balanced), there isn’t much they can or should do.

Doctor Zhivago on May 11, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Kill as many unborn children as you want at any time. Have as much sex in any fashion, with whomever or whatever you choose. Take whatever drugs you want. We’ll control every other aspect of your lives because, frankly, you’re too stupid to make your own non-sex and drug choices.

TheBigOldDog on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

oh yeah, utopia, here we come.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:11 PM

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM

hear hear! I will take your thoughts just one step further and say that as a parent, it’s MY duty to raise a responsible child. If I want the government’s advice (not that they would know the definition of responsibility, mind you) on how to raise my child…I will ask. Until then, get the hell outta my life.

search4truth on May 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

ok, fess up. who are our benevolent despots in the 2% answering yes to FCC, vending machine and school regulation?

Firefly_76 on May 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I’ve got a solution for world hunger… why don’t we kill the fat people and feed them to the people suffering starvation. Problem solved.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

“Soylent Green is People”!

sdd on May 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Once they’ve secured the border, defeated the terrorists, balanced the budget and repaired all the interstate highways, then we’ll talk about whether they should have a crack at the fast fooders.

Mr. D on May 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

gee Michelle wasnt concerned about this when she sat on the board of Treehouse foods who makes all those EEEVIL sugary childrens snacks….

ginaswo on May 11, 2010 at 3:13 PM

There’s that word again – “crisis.”

Just stick it on any situation and, all of a sudden, the Obama Regime feels they can get away with anything they want as pertains to it.

We will not survive 2+ more years of these people.

RedNewEnglander on May 11, 2010 at 3:13 PM

As Rush once said: “You eat your lunch; I’ll eat mine and we both just mind our own damn business”.

kurtzz3 on May 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

If everyone just minded their own business the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.

Cheshire Cat on May 11, 2010 at 3:13 PM

A key aspect of effective project or program management is to set a scope and to stick to it.

Because if you try and do everything, you’ll end up getting nothing at all right.

Our federal government has completely exceeded its scope and that is why it is so damned ineffective on so many fronts.

Instead of recognizing the problem, the Democrats continue to make the same mistake over and over again.

Get what you’re doing now right or don’t do it at all. Don’t take on anything new.

Is that so hard?

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:13 PM

You forgot subaru drivers. BTW I hate subaru and their slow drivers.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Oh yeah. The “Hey jerk, the gas pedal is on the right” Subaru/Volvo driving “Obama” bumpersticker plastered slow poke liberal douchbags.

portlandon on May 11, 2010 at 3:13 PM

leave our sugar aloooooone! we need a leave brittney alone video…if they come for my Coca Cola all bets are off…

ginaswo on May 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Michelle Obama has never been prouder of Fast Food

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Let me guess…”we must act now”…”the time for talk is over”?

NickelAndDime on May 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Hey Barry! Regulate the marketing of this!

PappaMac on May 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM

If childhood obesity is a crisis, then somebody should try to do something about it.
But not through the Federal Government.

Count to 10 on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

and in an amazing coincidence CNBC is doing a week of programs on the CRISIS in childhood obesity in the US this week….

ginaswo on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Don’t forget to take the CBS poll. Currently 92% saying they don’t support nanny state restrictions on marketing.

Southernblogger on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Interesting how many people want the Government to deal with this, even though it isn’t a “Federal” issue.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:06 PM

+1

exception on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

From Happy Meal to Crappy Meal…

catmman on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Someone want to tell MichelleO’LardA$$ that Wagyu is FULL OF FAT! What about Obooboo and his martinis, cigarettes, etc. Who’s going to regulate their sh!t!!!! I can’t stand much more of their meddling in my/everyone’s life..grrrrrrrrrrrrr

sicoit on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Michelle Obama has never been prouder of Fast Food

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Ask Obama. Doesn’t he just wanna eat his waffle lathered in sugary syrup?

:)

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Obama administration: We need to control marketing of children’s food every aspect of your lives.

FIFY Ed

rbj on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

It says media characters that are often popular with kids should only be used to promote healthy products.

Government control over privately owned creative content…where does it all end. No wait, don’t answer that because I know where it ends. Four legs good, two legs better.

But, on the bright side, we’ll have some really cool government developed cartoon characters! Hey Kids, the latest episode of Captain Broccoli is about to come on!!!

mctowler on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Barack vs HoHos, M’chelle vs Oreos!
I smell a November landslide!

Little Boomer on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

No, not so much a government issue, thank we can handle this one Mr. President. Focus on national security, jobs and not pissing off our allies. not pissing off our allies more.

Heralder on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

January 20, 2013: End of a nightmare.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

In Obambi’s Communist Utopia our kee-yids would be eating a nutritionally balanced Kiddie Chow and choking it down with wheat grass juice. At gunpoint of course. Don’t make waves or he’ll send in the IRS.

In my youth we stayed thin and fit by playing cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, climbing trees and building tree houses, hiking, fishing, canoeing, baseball, football, a football variant called (figuratively) “kill the man with the ball” and other calorie-consuming healthy activities such as scouting. Maybe Zero’s fellow socialists could learn from the Boy Scouts instead of attacking them.

viking01 on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Add:

Maybe if the liberals and lawyers hadn’t outlawed things like most all the activities we used to do during gym and recess(dodgeball, red rover, kill the man with the ball, etc.) and eliminated nearly all forms of “competition” in school athletics, kids wouldn’t largely be blobs of goo.

Yet another crisis created by the liberal elite that only they can solve.

Bastages all.

RedNewEnglander on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

The federal government has no business telling private enterprises what kind of mascots to use in advertising or restricting their ability to advertise a legal product.

They are now, but who’s to say for how long? Think Chicago & foie gras. The intent of progressives is and has always been ABSOLUTE CONTROL! Keep in mind our original progressive prez,

“Conformity will be the only virtue and any man who refuses to conform will have to pay the penalty.”

Anyone not yet convinced of the very real dangers of progressivism, need only a breif overview like here:

http://jonjayray.tripod.com/amerfasc.html

Ok, maybe not real breif, but you should read it anyhow. Or at least “bookmark” it for later.

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Amazing that Obama is concerned about protecting our nation from ourselves, but not with protecting us from our enemies.
Or would that make him……. nahhhhhh couldn’t be……..

KMC1 on May 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM

The government is going to regulate the school cafeteria’s that they are responsible for in the first place?

booter on May 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Kill as many unborn children as you want at any time. Have as much sex in any fashion, with whomever or whatever you choose. Take whatever drugs you want. We’ll control every other aspect of your lives because, frankly, you’re too stupid to make your own non-sex and drug choices.

TheBigOldDog on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

How did morality get so backwards? This is just crazy.

They want to demonstrate the condom on a banana then eat the banana in stead of a hamburger?

They actually don’t really want you to make your own sex and drug choices either, that’s just words. They want to ruin your happiness in every way possible by forcing you into the worst choices possible.

I wonder what kind of satisfaction they get from seeing so many making such horrible decisions because they pushed them into it.

I guess they get power. That seems to be what motivates the left the most.

petunia on May 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

And what other messages would the WH like to control, eh?
trojan horse people, trojan horse

JusDreamin on May 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Yesterday I saw a bumber sticker that said:

Repeal Obama, The change we need!

It made me smile.

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Elena Kagan will fit right in on this nanny statism.

Elena Kagan was one of them. She had come to the Clinton domestic policy shop in 1997 after serving as an administration lawyer. By the time she left two years later, she had put her stamp on the office, a unit that took on tobacco and gun industries, advocated campaign finance reform, backed affirmative action and worked to preserve abortion rights.

From the LAT by Jim Oliphant

fourdeucer on May 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

nor do any of them seem to have the will to just say no to their kids.

ernesto on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

That’s a much bigger problem that advertisements, and it’s not one the government can do a d@mn thing to fix.

Esthier on May 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

The government is going to regulate the school cafeteria’s that they are responsible for in the first place?

booter on May 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Can you show me where the Federal Government is in charge of lunch for kids in Publicly run State schools?

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Worthlessness would be an improvement for Barack Obama.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Sorry, but I’m going to have to steal this and use it without attribution.

misterpeasea on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

It’s not a federal issue.

If everyone is so fat why do I see commercials asking me to donate to stop hunger in America?

darwin on May 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I think all the homeless individuals in my town are actually quite plump.

deidre on May 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

“Recently I asked an acquaintance in Bombay why he has been trying so hard to relocate to America. He replied, ‘I really want to move to a country where the poor people are fat.’”
-Dinesh D’Souza

thebrokenrattle on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Ask Obama. Doesn’t he just wanna eat his waffle lathered in sugary syrup?

:)

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Don’t forget the frozen goodness while innocent people are being slaughtered in Tehran…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

search4truth on May 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

The last people I’d go to for advice on how to raise children are people in the federal government.

I’ve lived in DC. Everyone works 12 hours days, sits in traffic for another 2 hours and warehouses their kids in day care. And/or they have servants to take care of the kids.

If they’re lucky, they say “good night” to the kid.

That’s not being a parent, they know more about raising dogs than they do kids.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Repeal Obama, The change we need!

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

The only true way to end this madness… through the electoral process of course.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

First, they took all the non-Diet sodas out of the school machines….Next Ronald McDonald will become “Don’t Eat Foods That are Bad for You Panda”.

kingsjester on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Add:

Maybe if the liberals and lawyers hadn’t outlawed things like most all the activities we used to do during gym and recess(dodgeball, red rover, kill the man with the ball, etc.) and eliminated nearly all forms of “competition” in school athletics, kids wouldn’t largely be blobs of goo.

Yet another crisis created by the liberal elite that only they can solve.

Bastages all.

RedNewEnglander on May 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Remember dodgeball and happy meals… gone the way of the dodo.

petunia on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

This is simply a precursor to ObamaCare. When the government is paying for your healthcare, it will tell you what to eat–and apparently how much. And this is just the start. Mandatory exercise in government issued jogging suits is next. Two Minutes Hate will be replaced by Twenty Minutes Sit-Ups.

Redneck Woman on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Today’s episode of Sesame Street is brought to you by the letter V for Vegetables and the letter S for Spinach, which makes Popeye strong, and by the number 1,000, the most calories you should eat every day. Now back to our story, where Skinny Bird pecks out the Cookie Monster’s eyes because he’s too fat!

Steve Z on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Look what Fannie and Freddie did for us…

d1carter on May 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Let’s keep the junk food and get rid of the junk programs, how about it?

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM

BINGO!

Archimedes on May 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

We really need the nutritional advice of MO, she reminds me of the floor plan for a lakefront cottage — a small front porch and a large rear deck.

My daughter’s school offered free breakfast to all elementary kids, supposedly as an experiment to see if test scores would improve. Guess what they served….French toast, honey buns, chocolate milk, and sugary cereals. All kids were included so that the poor ones would not feel stigmatized by the handouts.

I have no idea if test scores went up, but my dental bill sure did.

GnuBreed on May 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Though, if you live near an Ikia, that would probably be a good place to eat out with your kids.

Count to 10 on May 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Don’t forget the frozen goodness while innocent people are being slaughtered in Tehran…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Or the back 9 during Poland’s loss.

Can’t you think of the interesting video we could make on this? ;)

upinak on May 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM

petunia on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

The days of dodgeball and smear the queer . . .

Sleeping stretched across the back seat of the station wagon, unstrapped in.

I will tell these tales some day and be looked at like I was at Gettysburg.

NoDonkey on May 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Don’t forget the frozen goodness while innocent people are being slaughtered in Tehran…

MeatHeadinCA on May 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

The Barry is so awesome eating an icy treat during riots in Iran… there’s nothing better than eating an ice cream cone while watching a woman bleed out in 30 seconds on the streets of Tehran./s

WordsMatter on May 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Elena Kagan fits right in.

Elena Kagan was one of them. She had come to the Clinton domestic policy shop in 1997 after serving as an administration lawyer. By the time she left two years later, she had put her stamp on the office, a unit that took on tobacco and gun industries, advocated campaign finance reform, backed affirmative action and worked to preserve abortion rights.

From the LAT by Jim Oliphant.

fourdeucer on May 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

“control marketing”
mandated regulations increasing fees and taxes

Menu alterations will reflect either higher prices for the same product, or the same prices for a lower standard product.

maverick muse on May 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The future:
You wake up in the morning and get out of your government approved bed, attempt to shower in 2 minutes under cold water using government approved soap. Brush your teeth with government approved toothpaste and toothbrush, put on government approved clothing, eat a government approved breakfast, get into your government approved car, go to your government approved job, work 5 hours and have your government approved lunch, work another 5 hours then back into your g.a. car. You stop on the way home (after having obtained a special commuter-deviation permit two months prior) at the government approved store, to walk down aisle after aisle of mostly empty shelves that contain government approved food. You take your cart to the checkout stand where you pay your last 3 days wages for your items, then you go home and strain your eyes under government approved lighting to warm up your government approved dinner on your government approved heat source. During dinner, you sit in your government approved chair and fulfill your requirement to watch the evening news.
And at the end of the day, standing in your government approved pajamas, in your government approved house, in your government designed and approved apartment, you weep.

Posted by JonB on MM’s site. I hope he/she doesn’t mind my “borrowing”..I just had to share this…so true….so true…

sicoit on May 11, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Mandatory exercise in government issued jogging suits is next. Two Minutes Hate will be replaced by Twenty Minutes Sit-Ups.

Redneck Woman on May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Actually, some degree of this has already started with youth programs like City Year, praised by Obama. Note the calisthenics in coordinated red jackets. http://www.cityyear.org/dynamic_ektid13157.aspx

Firefly_76 on May 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM

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