Monday, May 07, 2012


One of the reasons I'm a conservative, with strong libertarian leanings, is that I understand human nature.  I know that for some people, especially do-gooders, the urge to tell other people how to live is just too strong to overcome.  I've quoted Daniel Webster on this blog several times:

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

Keep that in mind as you read about cupcakes:
Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.

At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets so-called “competitive” foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.
Is this really the type of society in which you want to live?

Update, 5/9/12:  Thankfully there are a few sane people in Massachusetts' legislature:
State lawmakers overturned a controversial ban on school bake sales this afternoon after a fierce public outcry over school nutrition guidelines that also prohibited pizza, white bread and 2 percent milk.

“That is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my career,” state Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord), moments after the House unanimously voted to ease the statewide cupcake crackdown. “Talk about hitting the nerve of government reaching far into people’s lives"...

The ban passed as an amendment to the House’s supplemental budget. It still has to pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick.
Makes you wonder why they passed it in the first place.

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