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Rejecting Nudges

Recorded on January 28, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

A philosophy of government called “nudges” is becoming more common. The notion is that government makes our choices for us, requiring us to opt out if we don't like it—often making it difficult to opt out.

One example is school lunches. The theory is that if unhealthy foods are left off the menu, kids will eat healthier because they have no other choice.

Tell that to the public schools in Los Angeles. They banned chocolate milk, and found that students threw away the cartons of plain milk. Burgers and pizza were taken off the menu, replacing them with things like vegetarian meals that the students threw in the trash, instead bringing junk food from home.

Sometimes it's proper for government to make the decision, but when a nudge goes too far, we have every right to hold a grudge.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.