First They Came For Our Salt, Then For Our Toys

Posted: 04/29/2010 by that's Elbert in food, government, health care, Uncategorized

It wasn’t but a week ago when it was proposed that the amounts of salt in food should be regulated. Now in Santa Clara County, California you won’t be getting toys in your Happy Meals anymore.

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.

  1. The unfortunate thing is that so many people will say “This is a great idea! Restaurants can’t keep selling unhealthy food to kids!” But in a free market, consumers can force a restaurant to change its menu; if parents are truly concerned about the amount of salt in Happy Meals, they can stop buying them, and eventually the meals will be changed.

    There are few, if any, problems in our society that cannot be better handled by the free market than by government intervention.

  2. Jg says:

    Just what we need more government control. Something else government is stepping in and controlling, we are suppose to be a free country to make free choices, however, that is not the case anymore, we can’t even eat what we want or feed our children what we want to feed them. We are not the Land of the Free anymore.