Sunday, May 12, 2013

Food Policeman “Pudge” Republican Rep. Dean Kaufert just like Michelle Obama? But I thought her Costly Nanny State Push for Healthy School Lunches was an Outrage?

And this guy is the one we should be listening to about eating healthy food? Pudgy State Rep. Dean Kaufert is now backing the "misguided" efforts of Michelle Obama, all the while ignoring the cost of his nanny state policing of Food Stamp purchases. My head is spinning.

TIME OUT: It’s funny no one wants to bring up how these same Republicans blew a gasket over Michelle Obama’s healthier school lunch menu’s, devoid of junk food. Aren't those lunches paid for by taxpayers, just like food stamps? 

VILIFYING THE POOR: Yet the media has never asked Rep. Dean Kaufert if his nanny state food police policy is just another way to make food stamps recipients look bad, welfare queens just sitting around getting fat, wasting taxpayer money on junk food. Come on, admit it, that’s the real motive here.

BS 1 & 2: (1) Kaufert trotted out the old Republican "a friend saw someone buy" standby from "eye witnesses" who hate the poor, and (2) laments what joint finance did about a state wide ban on big soda bans that he claims is now mucking up his hypocritical proposal.

BS 3 & 4: Kaufert claims he didn't want to pass the cost onto businesses, yet never studied how much it will cost them, and it will cost them. He then said it'll save money, even though food stamp recipients will be spending the money anyway. The health savings will be hard to measure since it's been estimated that around 80 percent of Wisconsinites are overweight. On one hand we're saying, be "free" to eat all the crap you can get your mouth around, but on the other hand, we're saying the poor should be healthier than the general population. And this makes government more streamlined and smaller?

MEMORY LANE. Republicans pummeled Michelle Obama. Republicans were very outspoken and said things that fly in the face of Kaufert's efforts:
The New American: Protesting the Obama administration’s “nanny-state” approach to curbing U.S. obesity, House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) is demanding a government investigation of the contentious new school lunch standards … The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the first major overhaul of school lunches in 15 years, authorizes funding and enacts policy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) core child nutrition programs. "State and local officials, parents and students have raised concerns," Kline wrote Wednesday to the federal government’s Government Accountability Office (GAO), "specifically the adequacy of the calorie maximum, the cost of the new requirements … Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) requested that the GAO investigate and report back on the cost of the new standards and whether they have encouraged students to abandon school lunch programs.
That crazy right wing lunatic Michelle Malkin wrote this and made our argument against Kaufert for us:
The road to gastric hell is paved with first lady Michelle Obama’s Nanny State intentions. Get your Pepto Bismol ready. The taste of government waste is indigestion-inducing. (The) “trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop.” In response to the public hectoring and financial inducement of Mrs. Obama’s federally subsidized anti-obesity campaign, the district dropped chicken nuggets, corn dogs and flavored milk … Thousands of students voted with their upset tummies and abandoned the program. A forbidden-food black market — stoked not just by students, but also by teachers — is now thriving.

There’s nothing wrong with encouraging our children to eat healthier, of course. There’s nothing wrong with well-run, locally based and parent-driven efforts. But as I've noted before, the federal foodie cops care much less about students’ waistlines than they do about boosting government and public union payrolls.
So then Kaufert is all about boosting big government Republican nanny state regulations and more public employees overseeing the program?  Sure.

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