Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for eating healthy, but I’m fully against forcing it upon anyone using the weight of the bloated federal government. Thankfully, the old overbearing administration is out and we’ve got more good news on the school cafeteria front. In West Virginia, lawmakers repealed some of the Obama-era laws they made in 2012 when Michelle was telling them what their children can and can’t eat.
In fact, they had an atrocious law banning cupcakes. Finally, the law has been lifted and America’s children are free to enjoy classroom parties and all their glory. Democrats love limiting choices to what they feel is best for you at the time.
Now, America’s taxpayer-funded schools can have more leeway towards the diets of children and their parents who should always have the freedom and the right to eat what they want. West Virginia’s state superintendent of schools, Michael Martirano, put it clearly “You have permission to have fun.”
In my opinion, you don’t have to eat the whole cake. It’s not even about that. Cake, and desserts in general are the product of ingenuity–understanding how to put ingredients together to come up with something sweet and delicious. And, when you want your spirits lifted, cake–in moderation–can do the trick.
The Daily Mail reports:
Cindy Daniel, West Virginia’s deputy superintendent of schools, noted that the ban on sweets originated as guidelines from the state agency. The guidelines acted as a de facto statewide ban, however, because no local superintendent was going to risk the consequences of bucking the guidelines of bureaucrats in Charleston.
“Until such time that Policy 4321.1 is revised and additional guidance is given, county superintendents have the discretion to work with their staffs to determine the guidelines for classroom celebrations,” a draft of the new state guidance on school nutrition reads, according to the Gazette-Mail.
West Virginia’s state superintendent of schools, Michael Martirano, was more blunt.
“You have permission to have fun,” Martirano said at a state Board of Education meeting earlier this month.
State departments of education and local school boards across America outlawed cupcakes and all manner of other delicious treats from school grounds for several years because they wanted federal money under the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act must. Under that law, a set of Smart Snacks standards created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has stringently limited the number of calories and the amount of sugar, fat and sodium in every morsel of food sold at schools for over 30 million American school kids.
Federal intervention famously put a stop to a velvety, cake-like, scrumptious delicacy glazed with a huge dollop of sugary pink icing that was arguably the best cafeteria cookie in the world.
Federal wellness guidelines were never particularly popular with America’s parents or America’s kids.