Last edited by d0gbreath; 10-05-10 at 01:51 PM.
not sure where some people get the Idea that this is the government telling children what they can eat. I take the "I don't give a damn" stance on this issue. Clearly parents are having a more difficult time keeping their kids in shape, today's fast food industry probably does contribute to that issue. Still, if a company wants to give out toys with their meals as a business ploy then so be it. It ought to be up to the parent to do the choosing but unfortunately it seems more and more parents are doing a crappy job.
I use a lot of satire and sarcasm so keep that in mind when reading my posts.
Encouraging Kids to Get Fit
In January 2005, McDonald's Chief Creative Officer Marlena Peleo-Lazar told a government panel concerned with food marketing to children that Ronald McDonald had morphed from "chief happiness officer" into an "ambassador for an active, balanced lifestyle" and was visiting elementary schools to tout exercise. Ronald also got a makeover to look more active in June 2005, trading in his trademark yellow jumpsuit for sportier garb. McDonald's also introduced a new program called Active Achievers in fall 2005 to "deliver educational messages to students about nutrition, and balance between eating right and staying active." They also announced a program called Passport to Play, which was distributed to 31,000 schools and seven million children. Psychologist Susan Linn, cofounder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said McDonald's had no place in schools: "This is another marketing ploy. The notion that children need Ronald McDonald to get them to enjoy exercise is bogus. Given the opportunity, kids naturally like to be active."
McDonald's - SourceWatch
Zomg, parents will have to go to Toys R Us instead? The horror.
The ordinance is in violation of Article I Section X Clause I of the Constitution of the United States. Cities are subordinate to states and lack any sovereignty the states have, thus it is the responsibility of the state government to ensure that city and county governments in their borders adhere to the Constitution of the United States. For reference here is the clause.
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
Purchasing from a restaurant is a contract between the individual and the owners of said restaurant. This ordinance impairs the obligation of a contract by forcing the restaurant to offer certain products. Once could also argue that under the Ninth Amendment that the ordinance violates freedom of choice.
If people were rational, they wouldn't have such an obesity problem in the United States. Clearly, people are not really capable of handling the complete freedom to choose what to consume. They therefore require guidance, assistance, and structure. People ultimately do better when they have authoritative leadership.
People do not know what's best for themselves, quite often. THus, adults need their own nannie with a neutral, outside-context view: the government.
Last edited by Technocratic; 10-05-10 at 02:43 PM.