Former First Lady Michelle Obama spent a great deal of her time in Washington D.C. obsessed with overhauling the nation’s school lunch program.
As far as a list of achievements go, however, Obama’s plan wasn’t exactly the home run that many believed. Sure, working to help children develop better eating habits is a laudable proposition, but Michelle O’s programs took aim at adding costly regulations to the lunch programs in public schools all across the nation, something that taxpayers would be forced to fund, as opposed to advocacy and education for the children who were making poor choices in their diet.
Now, with Donald Trump appointing Sonny Perdue to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it looks as though Michelle’s overreaching plan could finally be dialed back.
“Newly minted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is expected to unveil a new rule Monday aimed at giving schools more flexibility in meeting federal nutrition standards for school lunches.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will make the announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., where they are expected to eat lunch with the students.
“Republicans have long been trying to dial back the standards that became a pillar of former first lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to curb childhood obesity in the U.S.
“Roberts introduced legislation with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) last year to give schools two more years to meet new reductions on sodium, but the bill never passed.
“Renewed efforts to ease the federal standards came as disappointing news to some advocates.”
Once again, the simplest of dichotomies between the political left and right is on display in America. Democrats believe that they will be able to regulate the nation into prosperity and health, while republicans maintain a much more pragmatic and realistic sense of the role of government. Michelle Obama’s school lunch decrees were a simple example of the power of the federal government being abused for the pet project of an otherwise ineffective leader.