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ten mantra driving Mrs. Obama’s federal school lunch meddling and ex- pansion is: “Cede the chil- dren, feed the state.” And the biggest beneficiaries of her efforts over the past three years have been her husband’s deep-pock- eted pals at the Service Employees International Union. There are 400,000 workers who prepare and serve lunch to American schoolchildren. SEIU rep- resents tens of thousands of those workers and is

trying to unionize many more at all costs. In L.A., the district’s caf- eteria fund is $20 million in the hole thanks to politi- cal finagling by SEIU Local 99. The union’s left-wing allies on the school board and in the mayor’s office pressured the district to adopt reckless fiscal poli- cies awarding gold-plated health benefits to part- time cafeteria workers in the name of “social jus- tice.” As one school board member who opposed the budget-busting entitle- ments said: “Everyone in this country deserves health benefits. But it was a very expensive proposal. And it wasn’t done at the bargaining table, which is where health benefits

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are usually negotiated. And no one had any idea where the money was go- ing to come from.” Early next year, Mrs. Obama will use the “suc- cess” of her child nutri- tion campaign to hawk a new tome and lobby for more money and power in concert with her hus- band’s re-election cam- paign. It’s a recipe for more half-baked progres- sivism served with a side order of bitter arugula.

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thor of “Culture of Corrup- tion: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is mal-

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