Michelle Obama is not happy about the move to roll back her healthy school lunch mandates. While I agree with her that kids shouldn’t be allowed to dictate their menus and eat pizza and ice cream every day, that wasn’t really the problem. I welcomed her to my TV show in the beginning to discuss this topic because I am an advocate for healthier eating and lifestyles (still the best way to keep medical costs down for everyone). But just as kids need a balanced diet, there also has to be a balance between healthy standards and taste. It would be healthy to serve kids a plate of steamed kale every day, but if it goes straight into the trash can, it’s not doing their bodies any good. The goal of the initiative should have been to help local schools make cafeteria lunches healthier and more appealing, not to impose stringent, complicated federal mandates from 1,000 miles away, forcing them to prioritize meeting government standards over serving up food that students could eat without gagging.
This argument is a good reflection of a lot of what’s going on right with political discourse on all sorts of issues. One side insists it’s right and wants Washington to impose its viewpoint on everyone, while the other side resists and refuses to swallow what Washington is dishing out.
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