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Istook881 Vegetable Bureaucracy

Recorded on October 21, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

The average federal worker is paid over $126,000 in salary and benefits. So what are we getting for our money?

For one thing, an effort to restrict potatoes in school meals. But it's not just spuds. Pending federal regulations would also dictate a one cup a week limit on servings of peas, corn, lima beans or potatoes to students. The feds don't say they're unhealthy, but that our government wants kids “to try new vegetables.” That's a direct quote.

Can you show me where the Constitution gives them the power to dictate your kids' diet?

The feds also are trying to control cereal advertising—again in the name of protecting our children.

Sure, childhood obesity is a problem—but how many $126,000-a-year bureaucrats does it take to solve it? The answer is, bureaucracy creates more problems than it solves.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.