Yes. If the individual school or district wants to pull the machines for whatever reason, or limit their soda to diet (sans sucre) that is their choice. Last I heard, soda is a legal substance.
Our school system: Sorry, no soda kiddies, it's dangerous, but here... have a box of condoms.
I don't like government telling me what I should eat. They government's food pyramid has failed epically, causing greater problems, and more obesity and heart disease... which is typical for government.
They put their finger in something they have no business doing, and create a huge problem, which of course only more government can fix... Go to hell I say. Michelle, take your salad bars and shove them.
If she wanted to do something constructive, then tell the nation, THE GOVERNMENT WAS WRONG, WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT, EAT WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT. The only thing you should watch for is you don't eat too much. Period.
Then she can go back to gardening.
From the WSJ:
That achievement in 11 short years!!!
And 400 million for government sanctioned salad bars is a waste. In fact, they should scrub school cafeteria's period... unless they are run like restaurants for profit.
Well, again... if you want to do that, that's between you and Grandma.
As for Laura and The Dept. of H&H, they can close that down too. I mean really, what did we ever do without this Dept before its creation in 1979. SHUT IT DOWN. If the private sector wants to start some initiative, and they want the First Lady as a spokesperson, then fine... I'm all for it.
Literacy is important because you need to be able to read to have a modicum of success in life. I don't recall her saying read anything specific, just read. And if this is an arm of the Federal government... shut it down. Let the private sector fund this too.
In fact, let's scrub the Education Dept. and return this to the states and their localities. It's another Carter era behemoth that's been the creator and guardian of failure, watching over the demise of American Education.
What would we do without these failing departments? We'd be doing far better.
And your solution? More federal government? More money?
And to bring this back to the OP... who's Reckless? Palin? Or the Federal Government?