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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, December 29, 2011

Michelle Obama’s Unsavory School Lunch Flop

The road

by Michelle Malkin Syndicated Columnist

t o g a s t r i c hell is paved wi t h f i r s t lady Michelle O b a m a ’ s Nanny State intent ions. Don’t take my word for it. School kids in Los Ange- les have blown

the whistle on the east wing chef- in-chief’s healthy lunch diktats. Get your Pepto Bismol ready. The taste of government waste is indigestion-inducing. According to a weekend report


by Oliver North Syndicated Columnist

-- Four years ago, this an- nual Christ- mas column was wr i t t en from Baquba, Iraq, while our Fox News “War Stories” team was embedded with the U.S.

Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and special operations units operating against the Iranian- supported Mahdi Army in the outskirts of Baghdad. A year earlier, the Christmas 2006 column was written in Ramadi, Iraq, while we were embedded with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in what was then the bloodi- est place on the planet. And in 2005, this column originated with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and the 2nd Brigade of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania

National Guard, in Anbar prov- ince, where we documented the first free elections ever held in an Arab country. This week, the last U.S. com-

bat and combat support units were withdrawn from Iraq. Many of them will celebrate the birth- day of the Prince of Peace with their joyful families. For these American heroes and their loved ones -- especially those who have experienced multiple over- seas deployments in this long war -- that’s great news. The retrograde of more than

30,000 U.S. military personnel from Iraq was accomplished in less than a month without the loss of a single American life. Though the White House is showering itself with ac- colades for this remarkable feat, the credit really belongs to those wearing flak jackets, helmets, fight suits and combat See NORTH on 20

by the Los Angeles Times, the city’s “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 from the menu for “beef jambalaya, vegetable curry, pad Thai, lentil and brown rice cutlets, and quinoa and black- eyed pea salads.” Sounds delectable in theory. But

in practice, the initiative has been what L.A. Unified’s food services director Dennis Barrett plainly concludes is a “disaster.” While the Obama administration has show- ered the nation’s second-larg- est school district with nutrition awards, 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. Moreover, “(p)rincipals report mas- sive waste, with unopened milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away.” This despite a massive increase in spending on nutritional im-

provements -- from $2 million to $20 million alone in the last five years on fresh produce. This despite a nearly half-bil-

lion-dollar budget shortfall and 3,000 layoffs earlier this year. Earlier this spring, L.A. school

officials acknowledged that the sprawling district is left with a whopping 21,000 uneaten meals a day, in part because the federal school lunch program “some- times requires more food to be served than a child wants to eat.” The leftovers will now be donated to nonprofit agencies. But after the recipients hear about stu- dents’ reports of moldy noodles, undercooked meat and hard rice, one wonders how much of the “free” food will go down the hatch -- or down the drain. Ahhh, sa- vor the flavor of one-size-fits-all mandates. 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. In a little-noticed announce-

ment several months ago, Obama health officials declared their intention to use school lunch applications to boost government health care rolls. Never mind the privacy concerns of parents. Big Government programs “for

the children” are never about the children. If they were, you wouldn’t see Chicago public school officials banning students from bringing home-packed meals made by their own par- ents. In April, The Chicago Tri- bune reported that “unless they have a medical excuse, they must See MALKIN on 8

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