Last night, I watched a new ABC series called "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," which will air weekly for a while at 10pm on Sundays (I think). Watch it, if you have time:
The most striking part of this episode is when Jamie shows up at the local elementary school, where students are being fed "Breakfast pizza" (i.e., pizza) for breakfast and chicken nuggets for lunch, with canned gross vegetables and a mandatory two servings of "grain" (i.e., white-bread rolls). Somehow, what these lunch ladies are feeding the students is the result of government (FDA) standards. If you watch nothing else, watch the part from about 34 mins.-35:30. He says, "The American regulations are all screwed. Why would you want to give kids rice and bread? It's gonna make 'em fat."
Now, obviously, the FDA has nothing but the best intentions for us and our children, right? Also, admittedly, it's hard to whip-up a fresh stir-fry for 240 students every day. But the fact is, this is a clear clear clear clear clear clear case of a well-intentioned bureaucracy gone horribly wrong. Why is that happening in the case of school lunches? As Jamie says, children in the townships in South Africa are getting much better food than these American children, and we should be upset by that fact.
And obviously, I mean this as a guiding question with regard to our new Healthcare plans. The answer, incidentally, as it relates to the school lunch problem, has to do with an incestuous lobbying relationship between "Big Ag" and the FDA. "We produce corn!" cry the farmers, "...so put it in your school lunches," they add.
So how can we protect public subsidies for healthcare from this kind of perversity in practice?
HINT: We can't. This is the nature of bureaucracy.
Just kidding. I know these seem like the same old Casey-concerns. But now that the victory is yours, whadda think? Do we just trust in Obama's beneficence?