The San Jose Mercury News reports:
“This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the initiative. Yeager said it is unfair to parents and children to use toys to capture the tastes of children when they’re young and “to get them hooked on eating high-sugar, high-fat foods early in life.”
When my kids were young, my wife and I would occasionally visit the Golden Arches with the kids in tow. We’d order the Happy Meals for them. They would play with the toys and many times leave the food alone. This activity didn’t happen often. We ate at home foods we prepared ourselves. These were our choices. Toys didn’t make them. Governments didn’t make them. We made them.
Restaurant Association spokesman Daniel Conway states:
“The message they (supervisors) are sending is that parents are making the wrong choices and therefore they should no longer have the choice.”
And this is the big deal here. Those that run the government think you can’t make proper food choices for yourselves and your children, so they create rules and laws to make those choices for you. Excuse me, but I think I know how to make proper choices for me and my family. If I don’t know how, then it’s my job to go learn how. It’s called personal responsibility.
This is yet another area that our government has no business being in.