Adios Michelle’s Lunch!

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Michelle Obama’s big contribution to society was to “improve” the school lunch of our nation’s youngsters. She wanted to replace pizza and chicken nuggets with fruits and vegetables. It was met with absolute disgust among the nation’s school children, and parents across the country scrambled to do a work-around. If the school wasn’t going to give the kids something the kids thought was edible, the parents would step in and help.

I saw this first hand with my granddaughter when I visited them in the Houston area. Now, I’ll start off by saying, this is a very nice community, very upscale, the schools aren’t strapped for cash like a lot of public schools are these days. And what I saw was amazing. My daughter-in-law had to stop at McDonald’s on the way to dropping me off so I could have lunch with my granddaughter at her school. She got the ubiquitous chicken McNuggets, and fries and a soda pop for her, and over to the school we went.

This wasn’t the only kid in that school that had lunch delivered that day. In fact, there was no line to get food from the cafeteria. Parents were jammed in the parking lot delivering their kids their lunch. So, I strolled on over to the cafeteria lady working the line and asked her how her day was going. She shrugged, and said, “Same as always”. I asked if she had anyone come through the line for the school’s food and she said, “Not anymore!’

That told me a lot right there. She said they ended up throwing out most of the veggies and fruits that they buy because none of the kids would eat them. And they had a decent selection. There was salad, carrots, tomatoes, some pinto beans, a good selection of melons, apples, pears, and oranges, and no one in line.

So, it’s pretty safe to say that Michelle Obama’s attempt to get America’s kids to eat better failed. Well, then I read the article at “Impact 2020”. It said that kids increased their veggie consumption a whopping 16% because of Michelle. So, that means that actually had been eating veggies BEFORE the program! And as I continue to vent about this waste of taxpayer money, take a look at what some of the schools out there were actually serving.

Donald Trump has decided to roll back the Michelle Obama era food guidelines. And to make a point that he realizes what a fool she was for trying this, he’s doing it on her birthday! Schools raised their prices for lunch on average 55 cents after the initiative was instituted. That was basically the first increase that they had in over 6 years in most cases.

Sonny Purdue, the Agriculture Secretary, said that he knew the new guidelines were going to be better accepted, while still being nutritious. As he put it, “I’ve got 14 grandchildren, and there is no way that I would propose something if I didn’t think it was good, healthful, and the right thing to do.” Of course, Democrats are screaming left and right that yet another of Obama’s cherished legacy items has bitten the dust. And of course, the over-blown “using catsup as a vegetable” crap the Dems’ love to foist on the public, and “taking food out of the mouths of our children” can be heard through the halls of congress.

In the end…it won’t matter. Kids will eat, what kids will eat. At some point, they will find fruits and vegetables and will embrace them. You can’t legislate love, and you can’t legislate dinner!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

No Obama In 2020

It doesn’t appear that there will be an Obama on the ballot for the Dems to swoon over in 2020. Michelle Obama, who some thought would follow in Hillary Clinton’s footsteps and try for the White House herself after her husband’s term was up, has come out and said nope…she’s not interested. In fact, what she said was rather interesting.

Michelle was talking to Tracee Ellis Ross at the United States Women’s Conference in LA recently. She basically said that no, she’s not interested in running for president in 2020. And she emphatically added that it doesn’t matter who runs in 2020, until the country “gets unified”. Now, we can debate all day long what that means…but I think in Michelle’s mind that means, getting rid of Donald Trump, and getting back to her husband’s way of thinking.

Can we be clear about one thing? Under Barack Obama, our economy basically sucked. Now, I know a lot of libs out there will blame George W. Bush and the whole banking mess on him. Actually, it was the Democrats in Congress that instituted that mess. If you think back as to why the banks crashed in 2008, it was because they were forced to take sub-prime mortgages by the Congress. That, in the eyes of the Democrat controlled body, would allow folks with lower incomes to qualify for mortgages, so they could experience the Great American Dream of owning their own home. I don’t have a problem with that, by the way.

Where I had the problem was the big national banks like Wells Fargo (who’s repeatedly been in trouble for their illegal tactics), Bank of America, and Citi, as well as others, repeatedly gave mortgages to people that couldn’t afford them. These banks knew at the time the loans were issued that there would come a day of reckoning, and it all hit at the same time. THAT is the reason for the crash in 2008. It had nothing to do with George W. Bush. He was just in the hot seat when it all hit the fan.

So, now we’ve got Donald Trump in the Oval and he’s got the economy humming along a lot better than Obama ever did. We now have unemployment at an unheard of 3.9% rate. So, basically, with “full employment” at 4.0%, if you want a job, there’s a job for you. That wasn’t Obama…that was Trump. Obama had eight years to get us there, and he failed.

So, if Michelle isn’t going to run, who else isn’t? Well, at this point in time, Elizabeth Warren, who a lot of folks said would take on the mantle of Democrat nominee once Hillary was out of the way, has said she won’t be running in 2020. So count her out. Cory Booker, the Senator from New Jersey has been mentioned as a possible candidate, as has Kamala Harris, the freshman Senator from California. Neither have made mention yet.

One name that has popped up, and he now says he plans to run in 2020 is 74 year old Joe Biden. Biden has said he’d mop the floor with Trump, and while it would be a good fight, I think Trump’s style is something Smilin’ Joe would be tough to beat. And Trump could run on his record, both economically, and his foreign policy…especially if he is able to do anything with North Korea. What’s Biden done? Um…well, he plagerized a lot of speeches!

It’ll be a fun two years!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!