School Lunch

Separate School Lunch and the State

The USDA's school lunch program has earned a failing grade.

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Earlier this week, Wisconsin high-school senior Meghan Hellrood organized a one-day boycott of the awful USDA School Lunch Program meals served at her school.

"It's not actually giving us healthy foods," Hellrood told Fox News. "It's giving us small portions of very processed foods."

The "it's" at issue is the school lunch program itself. The program, which dates back to the 1940s, has become increasingly contentious in recent years, in the wake of First Lady Michelle Obama's well-publicized campaign to foist subjectively healthier foods onto the nation's school lunchrooms. The First Lady's efforts led to passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the law that's changed school menus nationwide.

Many students complain about one-size-fits-all portion sizes and the lack of decent choices.

That's what Hellrood saw at her school, where USDA-compliant lunch options this month include things like "Tony's" cheese pizza, "crunchy popcorn chicken," "nachos grande," "cheese omelet and muffin," "PB Jamwich," "hamburger on a bun 'the works,'" "crispy chicken nuggets," "pizza dippers and sauce," and that old standby, Sloppy Joe.

So Hellrood organized the boycott at her high school, D.C. Everest in Weston, Wisconsin. She used Facebook to publicize the one-day event, which took place on Thursday. The campaign urged students to pack a brown-bag lunch. Hellrood and other student volunteers also packed lunches for those who receive free- or reduced-priced meals under the USDA program and who wanted to take part in the boycott.

The boycott appears to have been a huge success, with up to 85 percent of students participating.

But Hellrood says her goal is that her actions will bring change in Washington, D.C., not just in one Wisconsin town.

"Hellrood says[] the boycott has nothing to do with her school," reported Wisconsin station WAOW. "She says the boycott is about changing the 'Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.'"

But that may be the wrong goal.

The purpose of the USDA's National School Lunch Program is, as Congress declared in establishing the program in 1946, "to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food[.]"

Whatever past successes that program may point to, by any objective measure, the USDA's school lunch program has since earned a failing grade.

Schools don't like it. More than 1,400 school districts have opted out of the USDA School Lunch Program since 2010. Students and families don't like it, either. According to federal government data, the USDA School Lunch Program served 180 million fewer lunches last year than it did at its high point, in 2010. Average participation for students who pay full meal prices now stands at just 9.2 million, a drop of nearly half from 1970 figures.

Some of the loudest blowback against Mrs. Obama's reforms has come from the School Nutrition Association. The SNA bills itself as "the only professional association dedicated solely to the support and well being of school nutrition professionals." It currently boasts "more than 55,000 members" across the country. SNA members—from so-called lunch ladies to state officials—are no doubt threatened by the First Lady's plans because of the realization of unintended consequences. Fewer lunches purchased means fewer federal funds go to reimburse schools. That, in turn, means the possibility for smaller budgets, potenial layoffs, leaner school kitchen staffs and, presumably, fewer SNA members.

The SNA has allied itself with House GOP members, who want to roll back the changes Mrs. Obama supports.

Much of the focus in recent months has been on this skirmish.

Everyone wants "healthy, nutritious meals for all students," writes Chef Ann Cooper, who supports the changes implemented by the Obama administration. "Where we disagree is how to get there."

That's a fair assessment. The two sides agree on the that (that schools should cook food) but disagree on the what (what food they should cook).

But why do we see such zeal from Mrs. Obama, her allies, and the GOP that schools must cook food? There is absolutely no rational explanation why feeding kids requires schools to hire staff to cook and prepare food.

In fact, common-sense alternatives exist. I've spoken regularly over the years (see, for example, here, here, and here) about my belief that families who can afford to opt out of school lunch should do so, and that schools and the nonprofit and private sectors should partner to help feed good food to kids who can't afford to take lunch to school.

Instead of reforming school lunches from D.C.—the theme pushed by everyone from Chef Cooper to Meghan Hellrood, from Michelle Obama to House GOP members—the better option is to cut Washington out of the equation.

There's precedent for this. One need look no further than the fantastic efforts of Hellrood and her classmates in Wisconsin this week. Opt out if you can, and help those who cannot. That was the message conveyed by Hellrood's actions. If it can work in one school on one day, then there's no reason it can't work in that school every day. There's no reason it can't work in other schools, either.

The answer to the school lunch conundrum isn't going to be found in Washington, D.C. Instead, we should look to D.C. Everest High School to fix what ails school lunches.

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  1. USDA’s National School Lunch Program has passed its expiration date.

    1. My roomate’s aunt makes $71 /hour on the laptop . She has been out of a job for six months but last month her income was $12021 just working on the laptop for a few hours.
      You can try this out. ????? http://www.payflame.com

      1. Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, Reason…is your no block policy really so hands off that you can’t even get rid of the spammers?

        1. Guess not.

    2. My roomate’s aunt makes $71 /hour on the laptop . She has been out of a job for six months but last month her income was $12021 just working on the laptop for a few hours.
      You can try this out. ????? http://www.payflame.com

  2. Can’t make an effective death cocktail for murderers so I’m not holding out much hope for the state’s tater tots.

  3. USDA-compliant lunch options this month include things like “Tony’s” cheese pizza, “crunchy popcorn chicken,” “nachos grande,” “cheese omelet and muffin,” “PB Jamwich,” “hamburger on a bun ‘the works,'” “crispy chicken nuggets,” “pizza dippers and sauce,”

    We could return to an era of pizza and nachos and french fries and popsicles as standard daily fare for a generation of children who are struggling with obesity and other diet-related diseases.

    Sounds like we’re already there.

    1. Well, those are all agricultural products, aren’t they?

    2. The omelet and the hamburger sound nutritionally ok.

  4. Schok cooked lunches have been a wathword for failure since before Rudyard Kipling published STALKY AND COMPANY in 1899. Why anyone even thought that involving the Federal government would i prove matters is a question that makes my brain hurt.

    1. I swear that I checked before posting and that first word was “school”

      1. Apparently *someone* didn’t have its Wheaties this morning.

      2. proof-reading is the watchword when it comes to posting

      3. you need a stout or Sam Adams,it’ll fix you up

        1. You mean he needs a San Adans?

      1. Watcha got for “wathword”?

          1. How about an Uber lythp?

  5. OT: One-out-of-three voters agree that Americans are too dumb to comprehend the new national health care law.

    The real question is: How many voters agree that *they themselves*, dumb or not, do not comprehend the new national health care law?

    1. If you can comprehend this law, I’d say that makes you really fucking stupid. (The general “you”).

      1. com?pre?hend (k?m?pr?-h?nd?) v. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp.

        If you can grasp the nature of this law, I’d say that makes you really angry.

        1. Some people can comprehend why a kid is picking his nose and eating it. That takes a special kind of comprehension. The nature of this law, however, yeah that makes you really angry.

    2. How many of the people who passed it comprehend it?

    3. “OT: One-out-of-three voters agree that Americans are too dumb to comprehend the new national health care law.”

      Since about half of the people voted for the folks who composted and shoveled this pile of crap on us, I’d say about half the people are too dumb to comprehend what it was gonna do.
      The rest of us were pretty vociferous in our objections and predictions of the results and those predictions have pretty much come true.

    4. “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

      ? George Carlin

      1. Mencken worthy, I really miss Carlin.

  6. school lunches sucked in the late 60’s and early 70’s when I was in school.I took my lunch.I doubt I’d be allowed to eat the peanut butter sandwich now due to ‘allergies’.My mother took a job at the pizza shop close by when I was in 7 grade.Lots of toasted subs and cold pizza then.I took extra and sold it to the rich kids!Today,pizza,Sam Adams and Ohio State foot ball.

    1. Cheddar/jalapeno/green onion omelettes, thick sliced bacon, fresh fruit salad, hot tea, screwdrivers and Ohio State football.

      You know, I felt really confident about tOSU’s chances at MSU. This week however… Minnesota is pretty good, and it’s going to be in the low 20’s and snowing. I think State could barf another one up.

      Go Buckeyes!!!

      1. Ohio State. The place where Urban Meyer went because of the “health issues” he got from coaching elsewhere?

        I keed. About Ohio State. Not about Meyer.

        1. His “health issue” was that he thought there were going to be NCAA sanctions. But nothing ever popped up. He probably could have stayed at Florida and won a couple more NC’s.

          1. sanctions over the criminals he recruited. I would have had a lot more respect for Meyer had he come up with something better than health/family only to resurface a season later at another big school.

            He’s the guy who brought in talented but fucked up guys, and then whined about it. I wonder what sort of clause is hidden in his OSU contract regarding that.

            1. I wonder what sort of clause is hidden in his OSU contract regarding that.

              I don’t understand what you’re getting at.

              1. I’m curious of OSU wants to prevent the sort of tarnish that fell on Florida when one player after another began running afoul of the law. It’s the same place that ran off Jim Tressel for doing a lot less than Meyer in Gainesville.

                Again, no issue with the school or the Bucks, I just think Meyer is a dishonest prick who happens to be a good football coach. Then again, I’m probably just mad that his team is still alive and mine is not.

                1. I see. It’s probably pretty hard to hold him accountable for the actions of low character players. The best tOSU and any big-time program can do is hope the coach isn’t doing shady stuff that will result in sanctions.

                  Tressel wasn’t run off as much as he fell on his sword seemingly to deflect blame from Terrelle Pryor, the program, and the school. He could have stayed head coach at Ohio State.

                  Meyer was scared about something and fabricated a reason to leave Florida. He miscalculated. He would have been just fine at Florida and could have winning teams and NC’s. And I agree with you, Meyer is a dishonest prick who happens to be a good football coach. But he’s our dishonest prick. Hopefully he doesn’t torpedo the football program.

                  1. “But he’s our dishonest prick.”

                    I couldn’t understand your stupid huthugging, asskissing defense of Meyer, but now it all makes sense.

                    One last thing

                    “It’s probably pretty hard to hold him accountable for the actions of low character players.”

                    Um, no, that’s his job. It’s not hard at all.

                    You’re fucking pathetic.

                    1. He is the one responsible for recruitment after all. Recruiting is the number one job for a college head coach. Those xs and os don’t execute themselves.

                      If Meyer had stayed at Florida then the sanctions would have probably come down. Since he left before they became public the NAACA probably decided to not punish the school for his actions.

                      Barry Switzer was the man who blazed this trail. He recruited kids that could play the game even if they couldn’t spell cat when you spotted them the c and the t. Kids who would have been by far better off in the military as their only hope of avoiding jail.

                      When some of them had a gunfight in the players dorm he just shrugged and blamed it on a “few rappin’, doping’lost souls.

                      Lost souls that he recruited.

                    2. You seem very upset at some mild college football banter. Kiss your wife and hug your kid. It’ll make you feel better.

      2. Sounds good,I consider a 6 of Sam a meal by it’s self.haw haw.Buck win by 4 TD’s

  7. Bah, forget the boycott. Everyone should buy one of these and really freak out the school administrators.

    It really is the perfect libertarian gift for any kid who is attending a public school: cigarette lighter shaped like a gun-dick-nude lady.

  8. Common Core will stamp out this sort of endemic racism in our schools.

    1. how about fried chicken and greens for lunch?

      1. And watermelon for dessert!

        1. And on Euro-American Heritage day, brie and caviar!

          1. Hey, what is haggis, chopped liver?

            1. Don’t diss on chopped liver!

  9. OT: ‘Feminist’ is on Time’s list of suggested terms to ban in the new year.

    Apparently, we need yet another reminder of why anti-feminist rhetoric like this needs to end.

    From the kinds of street harassment seen in recent videos online, to the threats women face for speaking up about gaming culture, we risk our personal safety when we have a public presence.

    The label helps us acknowledge that these issues are related, part and parcel of a social structure that devalues women’s labor, that denies women control over their bodies and that reduces women to sexual objects.

    Maybe the folks at Time are irked to see celebrities weighing in on the idea of feminism as if it’s some kind of fashion trend. But so what? Considering the state of things for women all over the world, shouldn’t we be fighting tooth and nail to spread the ideas of feminism far and wide until its core principles become more prevalent than misogyny?

    Whoosh!

    1. Go to Athens ,Ohio ,OU,during mothers weekend.A friend of mine was a OU cop up there for a couple years.They go wild drinking and trying to screw young guys.He said their worse then the dads

      1. “Hey, honey, God you’re hot, wanna go to your dorm and…wait, you look familiar…”

        “OK, Mom, you’ve had enough to drink.”

      2. Milder joke:

        “Hey there, you young stud, ever done it with a PTA President?”

        1. That’s great,an the one before is pretty good

      3. Another alternate joke:

        “Forget those coeds, hon, how would you like to take the *advanced* course?”

      4. “You can just call me Mrs. Robinson.”

        “Who?”

        “Heck with it, let’s just get it on.”

      5. “I’ll make you forget that hussy girlfriend of yours, boy.”

        “You mean your daughter?”

      6. “So, you’re the football team, are you? Want to find out how many touchdowns y’all can score in one game?”

        1. Gee whiz Eddie. MILF much?

          1. Look, I’m really sorry, when I get carried away I get carried away.

            I was trying to focus on the “eew, gross” aspect of the situation, less on the MILF aspect.

    2. The prog declared “War on Women” is utter bullshit.

      Women control 100% of the pussy and most of the money in this country.

  10. Just for the record, school lunches are reason #241 to home school.

    1. This. Why do people complain about public school not being precisely the way they want it to be? As if that’s even possible.

      1. In my experience, there are two classes of complaint about Public School. There are people who complain that it isn’t precisely the way they want it to be. Such people have always existed, for all schools, everywhere. They are simply inevitable. They have little or nothing to do with the vast body of complaint regarding the common observation that the present public school system is run by bureaucrats and unions for the benefit of bureaucrats and unions.

        Some people assert that the schools are producing illiterate dolts because illiterate dolts are easier for the would-be Ruling Class to control. I am not prepared to go that far. I believe that, fundamentally, the schools produce illiterate dolts because they are taught by illiterate dolts, and all too often RUN by illiterate dolts.

        Can you imagine the hysteria if a national standard was passes such that any person employed in a teaching or administrative position in a public school had to demonstrate literacy on a 12th grade level?

        1. Some people assert that the schools are producing illiterate dolts because illiterate dolts are easier for the would-be Ruling Class to control. I am not prepared to go that far. I believe that, fundamentally, the schools produce illiterate dolts because they are taught by illiterate dolts, and all too often RUN by illiterate dolts.

          Like any machine, you can discern it’s purpose by what that machine produces. And from the machine’s product you can discern the vocation and goals of the machine’s owner. The owner of the school machine is producing unthinking cretins and his main vocation happens to be the monopolization of legal aggression. The school machine like every other social machine the state controls, is purpose built to produce that which perpetuates it’s ultimate monopoly of legal aggression. Either that or schools are entirely unlike every tax funded institution that’s ever existed.

          1. The original purpose of public schools was to educate the ignorant farm kids about things important for employers in the manufacturing sector. Things like showing up on time, taking lunch at a set time, being able to tell time…. doing what you are told, asking before taking a lunch break, sitting in one place for long periods…. Along with being able to read safety signs and follow simple instructions.

            All of these were foreign concepts at the time for most of the potential workforce coming in to the cities from the farm. They were used to waking up with the sun, working when and as need, where needed on whatever project was needed. They took breaks when they felt the need, not by any schedule. The change to following the factory whistle and the clock was apparently a pretty big adjustment. And not being able to read the warning sign could get your arm chopped off.

    2. Reason #242 you can teach that Earth was created by the Sky Fairy

      1. Reason #243 you can also teach them about our true lord and savior The Federal Government.

        Your knees are still a little dirty from your 5 daily prayers towards DC.

      2. american socialist|11.15.14 @ 10:14AM|#
        “Reason #242”

        Hi, dipshit! Learned anything about O-care that you were confused about? Glad Gruber fooled lefty assholes like you?
        Oh, and did you pay your mortgage yet? Just checking to see if you’re the same ol’ slimeball.

        1. Well, I was never for the Affordable Care Act in the first place so why should I defend it?

        2. Sevo I’ve seen this comment from you several times before about AmSol’s mortgage.

          What’s the background?

          1. Nothing pisses him off more. Go ahead, tell the story for the 500th time. It always brings a smile to my face.

            1. Then why don’t you tell it if it makes you happy ?

              1. Nah, I’ll leave the story to people that think that a middle class person making an economic decision that gives the finger to banker CEOs is immoral. I, for one, think its heroic, but I don’t have the requisite contempt for the working class that people around here seem to have. This country needs more CEO worship.

                1. Is that a response to something?

      3. Reason #244, you don’t have to teach them about economic creationism (aka progressive economics).

  11. The label helps us acknowledge that these issues are related, part and parcel of a social structure that devalues women’s labor, that denies women control over their bodies and that reduces women to sexual objects.

    Tough shit honey. All MEN are created equal.

    1. that denies women control over their bodies

      I keep wondering who the “they” are in this phrase. Blaming your inability to control your own body on someone else is weak.

      1. Having to pay for your own birth control and abortions apparently denies women the ability to control their own bodies. I don’t know what else they could be referring to. “They” is the whole social structure that won’t cough up the cash.

  12. When was the food served in school cafeterias anything but a toxic, festering stew of inedibile glop?

    1. I happened to like that toxic festering stew of glop. I wouldn’t call it inedible.

  13. In school I felt like a bit of an outcast for brown bagging it, so one day I decided to eat school lunch like a cool kid. The food was gross. I never did it again.

    My stepson (who spends the week with his father) eats school lunches, and complains that they’re too small and that he’s always hungry.

      1. Sheesh. A quarter of a cookie, but a whole breaded chicken or fish filet sandwich.

    1. They introduced school lunch when I wan in 4th grade, I think. I tried it twice the first week it was offered and never did again, through high school.

  14. they’re too small and that he’s always hungry.

    Nothing helps a kid learn like a growling stomach.

  15. We will never fix public school. All you can do to help your kids is take them out and not force them to be exposed to government ineptitude 7+ hours a day.

    1. Yep. Or spend the time deprogramming them when they get home. Better yet, infiltrate the teaching ranks and slip a little liberty into the lessons.

  16. Eh… School lunches sucked when I was a kid and they suck now. This is the fault of Michele Obama? Psst, Baylen, adolescent rates of obesity are down so maybe these small, shitty lunches are doing as expected.

    Do libertarians think things would improve if we turned the job over to General Mills. Wasn’t that the problem in the first place?

    I noticed the first place these young revolutionaries turned was FoxNews with the target of their ire being Michele Obama. Tells me something.

    1. Tells me something.

      That FOX is the only news outlet that would dare to criticize the first wookie?

    2. Do libertarians think things would improve if we turned the job over to General Mills. Wasn’t that the problem in the first place?

      no, General Mills was NOT the problem. It didn’t do away with recess and PE, it didn’t create that ridiculous carb-loading USDA pyramid, it did not turn super-sizing into a national sport, and it did not replace parents.

      Maybe they turned to Fox because none of the other networks would say a discouraging word about The Obama or his wife, sort of like how they ignored Jonathan Gruber for days.

    3. american socialist|11.15.14 @ 10:12AM|#
      …”Wasn’t that the problem in the first place?”
      No, slimeball. The problem is the GOVERNMENT running the schools.

      1. I don’t know… I got degrees in engineering from two public universities and get paid pretty well. How’s that working out for bag holders with a degree from ITT?

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02……html?_r=0

        1. “I got degrees in engineering from two public universities”

          Liar. You’ve proven you’ll make any claim to support your position, lying about your education on the internet is just sad.

        2. american socialist|11.15.14 @ 12:05PM|#
          “I don’t know… I got degrees in engineering from two public universities and get paid pretty well.”

          If that’s true, I’m sorry to see it wasted on such a pathetic excuse for a human being.

    4. This is the fault of Michele Obama?

      Sure is, if she hadn’t stuck her horseface into it, she wouldn’t be mentioned, but lunches have gotten worse because of her intervention, or at least by your own admission, they still “suck”.

      Her actions have cost time and money, so why not blame her for the things she’s done?

  17. The First Lady’s efforts led to passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the law that’s changed school menus nationwide.

    Talk about irony. Since the passage of that Act, school lunches are less healthy and kids are complaining about being hungry.

    1. but they will not get fat!

  18. I don’t remember school lunch being bad. Maybe it was all those Southern mamas in the cafeterias. I’m guessing those in the lowest-income range had plenty of experience at home with flavoring up cheap goods. School let them do it on an industrial scale.

  19. Don’t pay to feed your kids government food. Leftovers are free.

  20. Hi Baylen,

    I’m a little confused… This article isn’t about Jonathan gruber. Did you get the memo?

    1. Baylen J. Linnekin is the executive director of Keep Food Legal Foundation and an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School, where he teaches Food Law & Policy.

      Baylen covers food and agriculture issues. He’s a really good writer and and the issues he covers are important. If you would take the time to actually read his articles you may just learn something. But you won’t. Because you are a loser.

      1. I thought it was kind of an all hands on deck thing, but– yes– I do read his articles. It’s basically the same right wing whine.

        I, for one, find it possible to advocate for food trucks and for governmental policy that reduces the chances that you’ll eat an ecoli burger, but– I know– I’m probably guilty of parsing.

        1. Yes, without the USDA, companies wouldn’t care if they poisoned their customers.

          1. plus, we would be eating dirt and chairs

            1. Shit, we’d all be eting big bags f shit without the state. God bless them.

          2. Of course not…*top men* have told us that it is a fact that customers are incapable of buying their food somewhere else if they aren’t happy with the product they get from one company.

            And because companies are evil and they like killing people more than making money.

    2. american socialist|11.15.14 @ 10:19AM|#
      “I’m a little confused… This article isn’t about Jonathan gruber. Did you get the memo?”

      Hi, dishit!
      Yes, lefty assholes like you were vary confused and we’re glad the rest of us weren’t taken in by that lefty liar.
      Assholes like you swallowed it hook line and sinker!

      1. So right-wingers make a cottage industry of lamenting about the stupidity of the American voter and then they get all surprised that an MIT professor thinks Tea Partiers, who from my personal experience can’t distinguish Medicare from Medicaid, are stupid. We must hold Congressional hearings on this– preferably right up to the 2016 election. Don’t worry, I know Darrell Issa is up for the job.

        1. So right-wingers make a cottage industry of lamenting about the stupidity of the American voter

          That may be true, but surely left-wingers do it at least as much. A book called “What’s the Matter With Kansas” comes to mind. And the idiotic and utterly unprincipled “people vote against their own interests” meme.

          1. So right-wingers make a cottage industry of lamenting about the stupidity of the American voter

            That’s an odd charge.

            One, the economists who talk about rational irrationality are mostly die-hard libertarians and ancaps. If those people are “right wing”, then the left has to accept John McCain and virtually every Republican working today, as socialists and socdems have far more in common with those statists than we do.

            Second, the whole point of rational irrationality is to point out that voters are not stupid in being unaware of what politicians are up to. Voters recognize that their awareness of political issues doesn’t matter due to the nature of democratic politics and elections, which also happens to be why elections are more like pep rallies and circuses than sober debates over substantial issues.

            Most people have better things to do with their time than to discover dismal truths that they can do nothing about and which can’t profit them individually. That’s also why the people who are most politically active are usually the least happy–deep down they know they’re powerless to do anything about the leviathan that is the irrational democratic-bureaucratic beast, but still they insist on spitting into the ocean.

            1. Some might even so far as to say that spit in the ocean falsely legitimizes the state. I agree that it does, but I for one will happily vote down tax referenda though not much else.

        2. american socialist|11.15.14 @ 10:46AM|#
          “So right-wingers make a cottage industry of lamenting about the stupidity of the American voter and then they get all surprised that an MIT professor thinks Tea Partiers,”…

          Which TEA PARTIERS (as you so asininely call them) DIDN’T fall for it.
          Those not on the left predicted it was going to turn into the disaster it has, while lefty assholes like you repeated the lies at the tops of your voices.
          Polly want a cracker, bird-brain?

          1. Hey man, don’t insult the intelligence of parrots! Alex the grey parrot was intelligent enough to have cogent conversations with his handlers, whichis more than this moran can day for himself…

          2. You mean lies like it was going to reduce the number of uninsured? Quick question: are you now or do you plan on getting Medicare benefits? You libertarians sure are a bunch of moocher parasites. More Ayn Rand for you, slaver.

            1. What does that have do with anything? Also, most of us aren’t Objectivists.

            2. american socialist|11.15.14 @ 12:09PM|#
              “You mean lies like it was going to reduce the number of uninsured?”

              You mean a rounding error, you fucking idiot?
              You mean “cheaper”? You mean “keep your policy”? You mean “cut the deficit”? You mean “this isn’t a tax on the middle class”?
              Ha and ha!

  21. adolescent rates of obesity are down so maybe these small, shitty lunches are doing as expected.

    SRSLY?

    Did the FDA rewrite the definition of obesity?

    It worked for inflation.

  22. …And to think that almost 20 years ago, Democrats were wailing about “starving children” when Republicans were serious about school lunch “cuts” …or at least getting spending under control.

  23. “The campaign urged students to pack a brown-bag lunch. Hellrood and other student volunteers also packed lunches for those who receive free- or reduced-priced meals under the USDA program and who wanted to take part in the boycott.

    So these Air Jordan wearing, IPhone packing, little Democrats in training, entitlement raised kids were incapable of being responsible for their own lunch for just one fucking day ? And this is at a high school, not pre K. These little government depending urchins are gonna be graduating in a year or three.

    How the fuck will they feed themselves next year after they are out of school ? Were they incapable of going to McDonalds and bringing a “white bag” lunch at least for one day ?

    Unfuckingbelieveable.

    The future doesn’t look too bright for America in this global world in the forthcoming generations.

      1. Some of these kids weren’t capable of providing their own lunch for one fucking day. They had to have someone else make a lunch for them for the one day of the protest. One fucking day they couldn’t handle it ?

        How is that kid going to fare after graduation?

        That’s what. If you can’t understand what’s fucked up about that then you may be one of them,

        1. I’ll tell you exactly how they’re going to fare…

          They’re going to go out after graduation and apply for a job at a salary they think they like. Then they’re going to get turned down for that job. And the next job. And the next job. Because they suck and have no skills. At that point they’re either going to wake up and readjust their expectations for where their starting point is going to be (that will be most of them), in which case they’ll eventually be fine, or they’re going to start a blog and whine about the unfairness of the world and we get to make fun of them for our amusement.

          Basically, reality will sort it out for them.

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  25. Separate School Lunch and the State

  26. My roomate’s aunt makes $71 /hour on the laptop . She has been out of a job for six months but last month her income was $12021 just working on the laptop for a few hours.
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  27. My roomate’s aunt makes $71 /hour on the laptop . She has been out of a job for six months but last month her income was $12021 just working on the laptop for a few hours.
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  28. Big Brother is cracking down on obesity at a time when my kid is skinny and needs to gain weight.

  29. Like so many other government operations, the school lunch program is simply a subsidized lobby that doesn’t want to lose any of the taxpayer largesse to which they’ve grown accustomed. Does ANYONE really think the kids would go hungry if we ended this nonsense tomorrow? Open up one end of the school parking lot to food trucks and let the individual schools decide which trucks with what type of food have access during the lunch hour(s).

    Problem solved.

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  31. Federal school lunch is all about various agricultural lobbies promoting their products. Mostly soy and corn and all processed foods containing soy and corn. Plus the inputs to corn and soy, including all the pesticides, herbicides, and GM seed.

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