Newspapers rip Michelle O’s ‘cupcake cops’

August 18, 2014

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PITTSBURGH – There’s been little support for Michelle Obama’s regulations targeting school snacks, except from bobble-headed bureaucrats. Now the media is turning against them, too.

Michelle Obama shockThe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review opines in an editorial titled ‘Cupcake cops':

Arrogant federal overreach dips to a new low with rules that threaten a time-honored tradition — school bake sales that provide sweet treats for students and ease taxpayer burdens by helping to pay for sports, cheerleading, band and other activities.

“Such micromanagement of community life is in keeping with the ‘government knows best’ agenda behind federal diktats on toilets’ water consumption and what light bulbs can and can’t be sold. Hopefully, bake sales are where Americans will draw a line — by telling government ‘hands off!’ when it comes to cookies and cupcakes that both sweeten and enrich the educational experience,” the paper concludes.

Meanwhile, the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal writes:

Should it be Washington’s job to micromanage what snacks are consumed by school students in this country? With test scores generally stagnant and with many critics saying our schools are lagging well behind those of many other Westernized countries? One would think the federal Departments of Agriculture and Education — and their boss in the White House — would have more important things on which to focus. But no. …

The new law applies even to snacks consumed on campus by high school upperclassmen — students old enough, and mature enough, to legally drive a motor vehicle, marry and, in some cases, serve in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.

“I think when you’re talking about high school and you’re talking about sales that happen outside of the cafeteria … with 16, 17, 18, 19-year-old kids, they’re perfectly capable of making these kinds of decisions for themselves,” Marietta High School Principal Leigh Colburn tells the newspaper.

Will more newspapers and schools tell the feds to butt out of local school affairs?

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