Everyone is up in arms about the new school regulation banning bake sales in MA. The parents that usually use these sales to raise money for school sports and other such activities are incensed.
Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.
At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets so-called “competitive” foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.
Everyone but the bureaucrats and the schools pushed by those bureaucrats thinks the rule is dumb. Basically the schools are using a SCOTUS decision about allowing schools to regulate or punish behavior outside of school, some guy that held up a “Bongs for Jesus” sign was basically told in one of the most ridiculous rulings that his out of school activity impacted students, and hence the school could punish em, to justify this nonsense.
The angle nobody pushes is that schools are all under tremendous pressure from the MA politicians to change eating habits. And that drive is primarily because the MA politicians are first and foremost concerned with controlling healthcare costs. Obesity and medical complications caused by obesity, seems to be one of the primary drivers of medical costs these days.
Whether you believe obesity is a problem or not, the bigger issue this brings to the forefront is whether we have freedom to determine what we eat or not. The big government controlled healthcare types tell us constantly they wouldn’t do shit like this, but have no doubt they are behind this effort, be it directly or indirectly, to control what people eat, because they see that as a critical step towards controlling government run healthcare costs. Sooner than later, for our own good they will tell us too, of course, they will start controlling not just what we eat, but everything else we do. Of course big nanny state lovers will see very little wrong with that until they tell them they can’t do something they want to do, or have to do something they don’t, death panels come to mind, but by then it will already be too late.