The American public is in rebellion against an Obama plan to impose health limits from Washington. But it’s not Obamacare; it’s Michelle Obama’s new school cafeteria menus.
The story next ... I agree we need to fight childhood obesity, but it has to be done through guidelines, not one-size-fits-all federal mandates. Across America, students are protesting that the limits on school lunch calories might be fine for 90-pound girls, but they’re leaving 200-pound football players starving.
Meanwhile, younger kids are throwing away the healthy new school foods like hummus and bean salad and going hungry. It’s even inspired some entrepreneurial students to start a black market. In New Bedford, Mass., they were smuggling in chocolate sauce and selling it by the squirt.
So if you think Obamacare won’t lead to a two-tiered health care system with some doctors offering services only to those who can pay cash, just look to the local school cafeteria.
Maybe Clinton Instead Of Obama
President Obama made time this week to speak to a gaggle of opinion-makers who need translators. No, not the ladies of The View; I mean the U.N. General Assembly. Obama took heat for making time for Barbara Walters after cancelling a meeting with new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and refusing to hold bilateral meetings with any other world leaders now in New York.
A White House spokesman said if he’d made time for one, he would’ve had to meet with 10 of them. That excuse only held water until someone pointed out that last year, he met with 11 of them. It might have been a good idea to at least meet with Morsi, and ask what he meant when he told CBS that the U.S. and Egypt are friends, not enemies, but as to whether we’re allies, that depends on what the definition of ally is. That might be a meeting Bill Clinton would be better equipped to handle.
Football Is Better Than Politics
Thanks to the comically incompetent NFL replacements referees, we can’t even escape politics by watching a football game anymore. The last straw for a lot of fans and players came Monday when the Seahawks beat the Packers with a touchdown that many think was really an interception. That angered a Wisconsin state senator so much, he tweeted out the phone number of the NFL commissioner to put pressure on him to bring the real refs back.
Now, the replacement refs have become the latest political joke because they’re the only workers less competent than our current crop of politicians. Paul Ryan suggested that they must normally work for Obama’s budget office. And the National Republican Congressional Committee emailed out a graphic reading, "Congrats Obama! You're now the second worst person at doing their job." And imagine the Bill Clinton jokes we’ll hear once it gets out that some of those refs had previously been fired for incompetence by the Lingerie Football League.
Now, most fans are glad the real refs are back, if for no other reason than that they just don’t want to think about politics. You might guess that from Sunday’s TV ratings. 60 Minutes presented in-depth interviews with both Obama and Romney, to inform Americans about where they planned to lead our nation in the future. And over eight times as many Americans voted with their TV remotes and watched the Patriots-Ravens game instead.
Here’s a story that could sink President Obama’s re-election chances if word spreads. Great Britain’s National Pig Association reports that European Union pig farmers have been shrinking their herds because of high feed costs due to droughts destroying the maize and soya harvests. They say it’s a worldwide problem, to the point that a global shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable. Obama might be able to survive a disastrous Middle East policy and a lousy economy. But if Americans think a bacon shortage is coming, well, his pig might be cooked.
Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 presidential candidate.