28 April 2010


This is an article posted by DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL on April 28, 2010. It's one of the most striking examples of government gone out of control I have ever seen.

April 28, 2010, - 3:50 pm

DumbAssity (TM) of the Day: Santa Clara Outlaws Happy Meals

By Debbie Schlussel

There’s a reason why, as I’ve previously noted, the letters in the words “Nanny State” also make up the words “Neat ‘N’ Nasty.” It’s nasty when others tell you how to live your life. Others like the statist members of California’s Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.


I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. It’s up to parents to teach their children responsibility, discipline, and self-control. Not McDonald’s. And not government. Big Brother is big enough.

But the lefties who run Santa Clara County don’t think so. And, so, they’ve outlawed Happy Meals and other similar promotions by fast food restaurants, which they say entice kids to nag their parents into buying them unhealthy food. So what? It’s called marketing. It’s a form of free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution. When I was a kid I nagged my parents to buy me things, too. And they often said the one word parents today won’t: NO.

Is that McDonald’s fault? Is it Happy Meals’ fault? No. It’s the fault of lazy parents who won’t say no. Lazy parents who use TV, videos, and computers to raise their kids. Parents who have no sense of what it takes to be a parent. A parent who won’t say no to a Happy Meal because their kid wants a cute toy is a parent who will tolerate drug use, sex at an early age, and bad academics by their kid. In other words, that parent is actually just a sperm or womb donor who wants to be friends with their kid.

And the Supervisors of Santa Clara reward that bad parenting, that laziness, that unwillingness of parents to turn down their kids’ every whim and wish, lest they experience some temporary whining or crying.

Happy Meal toys and other promotions that come with high-calorie children’s meals will soon be banned in parts of Santa Clara County unless the restaurants meet nutritional guidelines approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors.

“This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children’s’ love of toys” to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”

Voting against the measure was Supervisor Donald Gage, who said parents should be responsible for their children.

“If you can’t control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers,” he said. Gage, who is overweight, said he was a living example of how obese children can become obese adults. . . .

The board, whose jurisdiction extends only to the unincorporated parts of the county, including much of Silicon Valley, voted 3 to 2 in favor of the ban after a contentious meeting that included more than an hour of testimony on both sides.

Yup, like I said, Neat ‘N’ Nasty. They have a Neat and easy way to control McDonald’s. And insert their Nasty predilections on a private business that makes millions of Americans’ lives easier.

The Politburo has come to California in a big way. Sickening.

I said above this is an example of government gone out of control. I'll correct myself. It's an example of government gone Communist and absolutely insane. It is NOT government's responsibility to decide for us what's good or bad for our children. This is solely the responsibility of parents. As Debbie said, parents need to learn the one word seldom heard by children these days: NO! Santa Clara County has way overstepped it's boundaries, and those on the Board that voted for this should be removed from office through a recall election.

But, just hold on folks. The Obama administration is wanting to do the same thing through higher taxes on those grocery items they determine are not healthy for us. The arrogance of it all.


Heli gunner Tom said...

Hi Dirk,
This would all be very disheartening if we didn't know the Truth about God's Word-- and the promise of Rapture soon to come.
Heaven is MY Home, and Jesus is Lord.
Check out: biblefortoday.org

Tom S

Carolyn said...

Dirk, I agree that this is stupid and just re inforces stupid behavior.
I've been thinking, with this thing, which I did hear about, and New York wanting to cut out salt in restaraunts, and other snippets here and there- what's up with all these pro choicers anyway? I mean it's the progressive pro choice left who are wanting to tell the rest of us what to do with our bodies. Get it? They are so pro choice when it comes to murdering babies and euthanasia etc., but God forbid someone eats a little too much salt, drinks too much soda, smokes, enjoys meat and OH, now enjoys a toy with their meal- can't have that now!
These people are such hypocrites, it is incredible they have the gaul to do and say that they do.
I agree with Tom. Things are getting so rediculous, and while that in itself isn't a sign the Lord told us about- the end times are only going to get worse, what is evil considered good, and good evil, people's hearts are growing cold, and they are worshiping the created while thumbing their noses at the Creator- and doing the same to anyone who follows Christ.
We'd best get used to this crazyness. I'd love to fight it, and do in my own small way, but Jesus will be coming soon- and thankful to Him that He will set things right once and for all.
God Bless you and Ne Dirk!!

RIVER Organization Christian Church said...

This hits home since in 2008 I wrote in one of my other blogs about LA doing similar Communist work.


This site has links to the actual news stories of the time.

LA banned not only Happy Meals, but all fast-food joints period. Nobody could build new one.

What gets me in almost every case we look at and review (in mine) and yours the majority of the people opposed and they voted for it anyways.

Not that I support banning Happy Meals because I don't I agree with both you and Debbie, but the attack was as much on the "toys" than the meals. So, why didn't they ban the toys instead. The answer is those in government can't think for us and need to go.

Great post, Dirk.


Suzi Que said...

Dirk, your blog takes the blinders off of the readers... the sensible readers. Everything you said is the truth and some people are already wondering where this current administration is leading us. Some people are incapable of thinking for themselves and rely on the government to manage their lives for them. There is no solution to making kids eat healthy other than to MAKE kids eat healthy, and saying no to junk food is the first step. I took my kids to McDonalds when they were little - once every couple of weeks. They didn't care about the cheeseburger or the fries - they wanted the toy! They wanted the playground! Make Happy Meals healthy meals if they are really concerned! Put celery and carrot sticks, apple slices and fruit drinks in them. We have to tell the goverment that enough is enough, though. The government has become dangerously popmpous and controlling. I could liken them to an enormously overweight kid who sees the working taxpayer as a Happy Meal - They gobble us up, and take more taxes out on us. The taxpayer is "McDonalds for Government." (or Big Brother)

Still, and this is conjecture, with some supporting facts, the Government has now enforced a mandated Health Care program on the citizens of the U.S. Curbing the possibility of overweight kids has become the right of the government. Once they can force you to buy this insurance that they own, they own your health. The other possibility is that the Government is gearing up to push every child, at some point, into a military service - You hear it ofent enough on the news that our children are unfit, they are too overweight, too unhealthy to serve in the armed forces... This is scary, and I firmly believe that this is where the government is taking us.