BLACK MARKETS IN SCHOOL CAFETERIAS …
|| By WILL FOLKS || “No more salt for you, I don’t want you dehydrated for Monday Night Football.”
That’s what Marci Tidwell told her husband Rod in the movie Jerry Maguire (which next to the Bible and the Constitution is the fount of all wisdom as far as I’m concerned).
And Marci’s right. Too much salt isn’t good for you. It dehydrates you. In fact my wife takes care in preparing meals to make sure our growing brood doesn’t get too much salt.
Anyway, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama‘s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids” act of 2010 – which imposed a host of new regulations on the government’s multi-billion dollar school lunch program (including new salt standards) – is apparently having some “unintended consequences.”
From The Washington Free Beacon …
During a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R., Ind.), a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana.
“This ‘contraband’ economy is just one example of many that reinforce the call for flexibility [with the rules],” he said.
You read that right: Children are running black markets in school cafeterias to get around government regulations.
Despite the government’s best efforts to dictate … well, everything … the invisible hand of the free market is alive and well in the heart of our nation’s dependency culture. And I find that comforting …
Too much salt is bad for you – and Michelle Obama should be commended for using her platform as first lady to advance that view. But crossing the line from advocacy to prohibition is once again proving problematic.
As much as government wishes it could regulate individual behavior … it just can’t.
You can always tell how “free” a country is by the number and size of it’s “black markets”.
I knew it, all those countries that deal with black market child trafficking are so much freer!
lol….you so incredibly failed to comprehend my sentence that my only response is to “laugh out loud”….I hate that I’m getting perilously close to Tango speak. I’m blaming you.
Salt isn’t as bad as it is made out to be. Too much of anything is bad for you.
Everything in moderation..even moderation
I remember the black market in all manners of candy in middle school. It was very lucrative for those involved. I was always just a little too scared to get involved, though getting busted generally resulted in one or two days of in school suspension. Now I would regard in school suspension as a reward. No one talking so me, I just sit and do my work, then go home. No interaction with idiots, and constant annoyances.
Fuuuuck. Why didn’t I sell black market candy in middle school????
Hey man, I got your fix. Snickers? Reese’s? M&Ms? Just try it, I’ll give you a free sample.
That sounds about right, except it was the picnic tables or the study area in the library. Most had either a book bag compartment full of assorted stuff or used the extra space in their band instrument cases.
I looked at the draft which said [email protected]
In school? We weren’t allowed back for 3 days,unless we accepted a paddling.I got busted for pot when I was in high school(by the pigs),and was required not to miss another day..
Instead of putting people in jail,they should make them go back to high school..
Gospel truth below. I still have nightmares about having to go back, or about having to share space in my high school with my employer.
In school was for minor infractions of really stupid rules. Like having candy, using the wrong entrance/exit or having one too many tardy marks. I think you got lunch or after school dentition first for tardy marks, but selling candy was straight to in school suspension. I was a pretty much a goody two shoes and good at covering my tracks when I wasn’t being a model student. I had one detention in high school for breaking a stapler. Actually it just broke when I was using it, but my teacher was being a bitch.
Moochelle doesn’t like salt, because eating salt can cause water retention and that makes her ass look bigger than it already is.
You want to talk about the size of someone.. Have you seen your buddy Rush Limbaugh? Who can afford to have less salt and everything else with his huge self. By the way her name is Mrs. Michelle Obama. Pass that on to your fat ass dope addict buddy Rush Limbaugh.
Sorry Ann, I don’t listen to that arrogant asshole. Nice stereotype attempt though.
Wasn’t The Kenyan photographed smoking pot and admitted to using cocaine? Think he did it alone or shared it with the wookie?
Good song.Here’s some more salt
Salt is not the culprit for most health conditions unless you have high blood pressure, which is not typically a childhood issue. High fructose corn syrup, sugar, beef/ chicken/dairy antibiotics, farm raised fish full of pollutants are the things she should be trying to eliminate from kids diets. Someone tell her to consult a licensed dietitian before she goes on making a fool of herself.