There's been a lot of headlines featuring the policing of our diets, our foods - especially with the health care reform passing.
Two articles here on DOB:
Now we can add an attack on Happy Meals, or at least, the toys inside.
The Mercury News report that Santa Clara, California is again the epicenter of the assault by the Food Nazis. County Supervisor Ken Yeager is leading the charge to eliminate the dolls, race cars or toys from all of the happy meal, kid meals and the like, as he cites these toys are enticing children to eat the unhealthy foods.
Especially since the Food Nazis found success in mandates on menus, the charge will be to end your freedom "to feast on fried, fatty fast-food."
"They want the toy and have no idea what's in the food," Yeager said. "You can't expect a 3-year-old to say there are too many calories in that hamburger."
As Denise Bertacchi rightly described in here Examiner piece:
This same county in Silicon Valley issued a law in 2008 that required chain restaurants to include a calorie count on their menus, which was later adopted by the state of California. And trends that start in California often spread to the rest of the nation.
Back to the Mercury News:
"Yeager hopes his colleagues will agree at today's board of supervisors meeting. If they do, they'll ask county officials to look into regulating kid meals with toys. The result could range from an outright ban on toys to restricting them to healthful meals. Yeager said the regulation would be the first of its kind in the nation."
Wow, ban the toys...eat this apple or you can't have that Hot Wheel.
I personally never really let my kids eat McDonald's too often, let alone an expensie Happy Meal, but when they did IT WAS A REWARD!
The Mercury News sites a parent that uses the toy as an incentive as well, but the goal here is control. The parents can't handle their responsibility, so we need the State of California to interene and "regulate" kid's meals.
Sin (also commonly called Vice) Taxes are a reality and will now accelerate in areas to regulate our diets and behaviors.
I didn't stand up when they taxed cigarettes,
because I didn't smoke.
I didn't stand up when they taxed alcohol,
because I wasn't much of a drinker.
I didn't stand up when they regulated kid's meals,
I didn't have small kids.
I didn't speak up when they regulated salt,
it didn't really matter to me....
on and on and on...
When will you speak up?