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April 27, 2010

More Nanny-Statism

Because, after all, parents aren’t fit to decide what their children eat without the help of the government.

The latest target in the battle over fast food is something you shouldn't even put in your mouth.

Convinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that often come with high-calorie offerings.

The proposed ban is the latest in a growing string of efforts to change the types of foods aimed at youngsters and the way they are cooked and sold. Across the nation, cities, states and school boards have taken aim at excessive sugar, salt and certain types of fats.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the proposal would forbid the inclusion of a toy in any restaurant meal that has more than 485 calories, more than 600 mg of salt or high amounts of sugar or fat. In the case of McDonald's, the limits would include all of the chain's Happy Meals — even those that include apple sticks instead of French fries.

Am I against healthy food? No, of course not. But, ultimately, is it the place of government to decide what we eat and how it is marketed? Are elected officials our betters, who get to tell us how to feed our children? By what right does mere government make such decisions on our behalf?

Oh, this is where they get the right.

"We're responsible for paying for healthcare in the whole county," Yeager said. "We pay close to $2 billion annually on healthcare, and the costs have done nothing but rise." A big part of the increase, he said, is costs related to obesity.

Yeah, that’s right – once we let government take over the healthcare system, it gets to make all sorts of decisions “for our own good”. After all, with government cash comes government control over our lives – that despite the fact that it is really our money and government has no legitimate power that we do not grant to it.

So do you want another reason to do away with ObamaCare? Here it is, writ large, about a seemingly small matter, for all of us to see.





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This simply goes beyond the scope of any legitimate government power. What next -- a government mandated calorie intake or menu for kids? Legislation on when and how parents can give toys to their kids? Statutorily required calisthenics "for the children"?

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