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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    So, let me get this straight: we're spending $4.5 billion to keep poor kids from getting fat?

    I thought this bill was to prevent them from starving to death, in the street. That's how it was portrayed when the Republicans opposed the bill.
    You can argue that with those who made that portrayal. If my memory is correct, the only other time I commented on this was voicing a concern that this would be defunded at a later date.

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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislation to feed more lunches and dinners to hungry children at school is about to become law. President Barack Obama will be accompanied by his wife, Michelle, as he signs the bill. The ceremony is scheduled to take place Monday at a District of Columbia elementary school.

    The $4.5 billion bill would expand free school meals for the low-income students and give the government the power to make them healthier. The government will decide what kinds of foods may be sold in vending machines, lunch lines and fundraisers during school hours.

    Supporters say the law is needed to stem rising health care costs because of growing childhood obesity and also to feed more hungry children in tough economic times. Some Republicans contend the measure is too expensive and an example of government overreach.

    I guess the Republicans failed to stop it.

    No more fundraising from bake sales. Is big government going to also pay for things that the bakesales usually pay for? Or should they switch to apple and spinach sales?
    It will also increase by 115,000 the number of children eligible to eat free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school because of streamlined certification procedures.

    Vilsack, countering some reports, said the bill will not keep parents from bringing cupcakes to school for parties. And food sold outside school hours –- at a Friday night basketball game, for example –- won’t be affected.

    Although six cents seems like a pittance, it will make a difference, Sam Kass, senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives at the White House, told reporters Friday. Children will see more whole grains and more fruits and more vegetables, and more children will have the chance to learn “where food comes from and how it grows” through farm-to-school and other programs, he said.

    “Hungry kids don’t learn very well,” Vilsack said. “We are in a very difficult competition to have the smartest, most creative kids on Earth” and “we cannot afford to have a third of our kids being obese.”

    Tim Cipriano, executive director of food services for New Haven, Conn., public schools, said that more than 80% of the students in his district qualify for free and reduced meals. The bill will enable him to buy more local produce -– and that can have a big effect, he said, citing a child who tried a sungold tomato from a school garden.

    “That little tomato can change a whole generation of kids,” he said.
    Lunch for 115,000 kids at $10 each = $1,150,000

    Cost of bill: $4.5 billion

    Add 6-cents to the budget of every school child. Yeah, that'll do it.

    Just another sacred cow sacrosanct program to waste taxpayer dollars.

    Text in green? Give me a break.
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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    I think this is now breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


    Statism on the march.
    I can semi understand breakfast, but dinner? Are they going to give kids small portions? The obesity problem has to do with kids culture and eating habits. They eat too much crap and sit in front of the TV too much. More calories in than what goes out, and it turns to fat. I would say it may be more beneficial to make kids take PE each year and actually have them physically work. However, I don't think the government can stop the obesity problem. I hope they don't use it as an excuse to encroach upon a family's private life and dictate what they can feed their kids. Being fat may be unhealthy, but that's still a persons right.
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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    I think this is now breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


    Statism on the march.
    and year around...even when the schools arent in session.

    So...hey...many of those kids dont have supportive homes to go to...so...its time to start collecting them...providing free housing...clothes...and we want to be humane so we have to take care of the adults too...

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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    A great victory for the evil socalists.

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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I can semi understand breakfast, but dinner? Are they going to give kids small portions? The obesity problem has to do with kids culture and eating habits. They eat too much crap and sit in front of the TV too much. More calories in than what goes out, and it turns to fat. I would say it may be more beneficial to make kids take PE each year and actually have them physically work. However, I don't think the government can stop the obesity problem. I hope they don't use it as an excuse to encroach upon a family's private life and dictate what they can feed their kids. Being fat may be unhealthy, but that's still a persons right.
    Actually, the best thing we can do is to stop subsidizing unhealthy food.

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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    There is a lot of hyperbole with some here. No one said kids would starve to death. And there was also a discussion that too many wasted calories could be unhelathy, and that people could eat a lot of calories and still be malnuorished. Now, we can talk abuot any of that, but we shouldn't be too silly with the exaggerations.

    That said, glad it passed and like megaprogman, hope this serves us well.

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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Actually, the best thing we can do is to stop subsidizing unhealthy food.
    I agree that we shouldn't be feeding them corn dogs, pizza, fries, and other calorie rich foods. It's a good idea to give them less calories. I need to do some more research on the bill. By nutritious do they mean more vitamin rich? And are they addressing the calorie issue?
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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    There is a lot of hyperbole with some here. No one said kids would starve to death. And there was also a discussion that too many wasted calories could be unhelathy, and that people could eat a lot of calories and still be malnuorished. Now, we can talk abuot any of that, but we shouldn't be too silly with the exaggerations.

    That said, glad it passed and like megaprogman, hope this serves us well.



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    Re: Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill today

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    The name of the bill is "hyperbole"
    How you been rev?

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