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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An Example of Chrony Capitalism?

Here is an interesting story where a parent packed a lunch for her child, which was inspected, found not to meet government guidelines, and then charged for the school providing a lunch. However, the key facts are what was in the lunches the child brought to school and what the school provided her. Here is what was in her packed lunch:
The West Hoke Elementary School student was in her More at Four classroom when a state agent who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines,” the Journal reports.
Here is what she ended up eating courtesy of Big Brother:
The student’s mother told the Journal she received a note from the school about the incident and was charged $1.25 for the cafeteria tray, from which her daughter only ate three chicken nuggets.
The home-made lunch was healthy--certainly it was more healthy than chicken nuggets. The key to understanding this is that whatever regulation was being followed in this decision was likely written by or lobbied for by some company or trade group. So, this was really just a form of coercion by the State to support a particular industry or company.

And it is yet another reminder that "your children" are not yours. They are only leased to you by the State.

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