Michelle Obama unveiled her $3.2 billion plan to end childhood obesity. She wants regulations to reduce "fatty, salty, sugary foods" from public schools and replace them with mouthwatering items like "jicama," and Rachael Ray's "turkey tacos."
"We want the food they get at school to be the same kind of food we would serve at our own kitchen tables."
Sounds swell. Kids stripped of the freedom to make bad choices will have no choice but to shape up.
Of course, that's an assumption based on feelings and good intentions. It's not like there's science behind it.
Just this week, the NYT reported on a new Penn State study of child obesity. Researchers examined 20,000 5th-8th grade students.
No matter how the researchers looked at the data, they could find no correlation at all between obesity and attending a school where sweets and salty snacks were available.
Still, we'll probably fund the $3.2 billion increase in USDA spending to provide "healthy" new ingredients. Then the bigger budgets will bring more subsidy seekers to the trough.