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School Lunch Nudges

Recorded on April 12, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Have you heard about nudges? They're government policies that nudge us toward doing things that are good for us, but which we might never do on our own.

Too often, they go too far.

Take the case of some public schools in Chicago. They've decided that school cafeteria food offers better nutrition for students—so they've outlawed bringing your own lunch. No more brown-bagging from home unless your parents prove there's a special health reason to pack your own lunch.

The schools claim they're doing what's best for the children. But shouldn't the parents have the biggest say in that? With other communities banning toys from Happy Meals, banning trans fat, and otherwise controlling everyday decisions, where will the nanny state stop?

Only if we stand up to the nanny state will it stop micro-managing our lives.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.