... it's mandate mania, baby!
Alternate headline: U.S. Public School System: making the case for home-schooling on a daily basis
Have a moral objection to providing certain healthcare services to your employees? Tough luck, champ. Hand over the pill. Think that turkey sandwich is part of a healthy home-packed lunch for your cheap labor. Think again - and will that be cash or charge for the chicken nuggets?
More bad behavior from the excrable Department of Health and Human Services:
A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn’t up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for healthfulness, according to a report from the Carolina Journal.
The newspaper reported that the four-year-old girl brought a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice in her packed lunch from home. That meal didn’t meet with approval from the government agent who was on site inspecting kids’ lunches that day.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Child Development and Early Education requires that all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs must meet USDA guidelines. Meals, the guidelines say, must include one serving each of meat, milk and grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables. Those guidelines apply to home-packed lunches as well as cafeteria meals.
The Carolina Journal reported that the girl and her mother wish to remain anonymous to avoid public scrutiny, but she did write to her state representative to complain about it.
(ed. note: At this poinit, we're thinking it's the
“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.
“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told a reporter. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”
Personal supervision of the kid's diet because the parent knows she won't eat veggies on her own sounds like the very model of responsible parenting which, we're sure, puzzles the hell out of Sebelius' thugs.
At the end of the day, for the statist-left, all this talk of choice and freedom of choice is so much bunk. Coersion, whether it's forcing employers to violate their conscience or ordering kids to eat crappy cafeteria food or sweeping physical assault under the carpet because it clutters the narrative, really is the order of the day.