I don’t think Michelle Obama is gonna like this. But, since the day President Trump took office, the nail has been driven into the Obama legacy. From immigration to government spending, Trump has done nothing but work tirelessly to reverse the last eight years of nightmarish policies.
Naturally, Trump was voted in to target the policies of former President Obama. But, even legislation championed by Michelle Obama is under fire. This is at least if school districts have any say in the matter.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Faced with students who won’t buy lunches low in salt and sugar and jacked up with bland-tasting grains, the nation’s 54,000 school cafeteria workers are urging Washington to junk health-focused rules pushed by former first lady Michelle Obama.
Feeling that they have an ally on their side in the Trump administration, their lobby group, the School Nutrition Association, plans to press for less-strict restrictions on ingredients that taste good.
The rules were the major achievement credited to Michelle Obama, who made it her pet project as First Lady. In typical Obama fashion, it stripped local communities of the ability to make their own choices. Instead, schools were forced to abide burdensome federal regulations or risk losing federal funding.
I think we could all surmise the results would be a disaster.
Studies show that public school students aren’t eating what cafeterias are serving, turning many operations into money-losers. While the school districts can opt out, doing so results in federal subsidy cuts for those programs.
Overly prescriptive regulations have resulted in unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, higher costs and food waste.
Then, there is the issue with salt:
The Department of Agriculture under former President Barack Obama was pressing for even lower amounts, which the association wants to shelve. It warned that “naturally occurring sodium present in meat, milk and other low-fat dairy foods will force schools to take nutritious choices off the menu, including many soups, entrée salads and low-fat deli sandwiches.
This is what happens when the federal government goes beyond where it should reach. The unintended consequences are paramount. Schools are now pushing back on the bad policy.