Weak New Standards For Food In Schools
|Photo by Lee Klein|
|They say the $4.5 billion dollars spent will yield a leaner hamburger|
Well, at least this 4.5 billion dollar bill (over ten years) is sure to cut down on unhealthy foods such as artery-clogging trans fats being fed to the school kids. Or not. Seems that when New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand offered an amendment to ban those precise foods, the Chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee, Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark), blanched -- she said it's not the Committee's job to tackle such issues. And did we mention that industries that truly care about the health of Americans -- you know, like Mars Inc. and PepsiCo. -- will be adding their two cents to the Agriculture Committee dialogue? Actually, it will no doubt be a whole lot more than two cents, full sum to be paid under the table.
This is the sort of spineless, washed-down, overly compromised piece of bullshit legislative wallpaper that makes the Democratic Party so nauseating. Especially to Democrats.