Saturday, April 08, 2006

Forget bin Laden, ban french fries

Lisa Murkowski is the Republican Nanny from the state of Alaska. Sorry, I meant to say Republican Senator. As such she is one of the top leaders in her party, which still, on rare occassions pretends to support limited government.

Nanny Murkowski is part of a crowd of nanny state advocates in the Senate that, according to the New York Times, "plans to introduce legislation... that would prohibit the sale in school not only of French Fries but also of other fatty or sugary foods, including soft drinks."

Now the US is supposed to be a nation where government powers are enumerated in the Constitution. Here is a question for you. Which clause grants the federal government the power to regulate school lunches? In fact where is the federal government granted any powers having to do with education at all? You won't find it. It's not there but then the Constitution has been out of fashion in Washington for a long time.

What is particularly strange is that they are so worried about what people eat in the school cafeteria and not very concerned about the rot they are fed in the classroom.