Nanny State

Americans Don't Like the Lunch Michelle Obama Packed For Them, Want to Trade It For Your Twizzlers.


According to a new Rasumssen poll, Americans have some ideas about where the federal government can shove its nutritional standards:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of Adults say the federal government should set nutritional standards for public schools. Thirty-one percent (31%) would rather see parent-teacher groups do it. Seventeen percent (17%) feel state governments should have that responsibility, while just as many (17%) think it should be up to local governments.

The poll doesn't reveal support for stopping the gush of $4.6 billion in federal money sloshing around on the floors of America's lunchrooms. They probably want the dough to keep coming. But they don't like Michelle Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) telling their kids what to eat, anyway.

Michelle Obama called childhood obesity a "national security threat" at the bill's signing this week.

"From military leaders who tell us that when more than one-in-four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight, childhood obesity isn't just a public health threat, it's not just an economic threat, it's a national security threat as well."


Most Americans across the demographic board don't believe that childhood obesity is a national security issue.

Via former Reason intern Jeff Winkler.