In North Carolina, a 4-year-old student’s lunch was inspected and deemed unfit. So, the cafeteria gave her lunch and sent her home with a lunch bill for $1.25.
Because, obviously, cafeteria chicken nuggets are more nutritionally suitable than a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, some potato chips, and apple juice.
After the incident, a school manager said: “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.” Duh. Grain+meat+dairy+fruit sounds pretty USDA satisfactory to me.
Really, the major problem isn’t with the lunch, it’s with the authority structure. It all boils down to what does the government have authority over?
“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”
Government’s job is to keep us safe and free, not to inspect our lunches and tell us what to eat. And it’s our job to hold them to that.
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