Since the day President Trump entered office, nail after nail has been driven into the Obama legacy. From regulations to immigration, Trump has done nothing but rewind the last eight years of disastrous policies.Of course, most of Trump’s agenda has targeted the policies of former President Obama. But even legislation championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama could be in trouble too, at least if school districts across country have anything to say about it.
From the Washington Examiner:Faced with students who won’t buy lunches low in salt and sugar and jacked up with bland-tasting grains, the nation’s 54,000 school cafeteria workers are urging Washington to junk health-focused rules pushed by former first lady Michelle Obama.
Feeling that they have an ally on their side in the Trump administration, their lobby group, the School Nutrition Association, plans to press for less-strict restrictions on ingredients that taste good.
The rules were the major achievement credited to Michelle Obama, who made it her pet project as First Lady. In typical Obama fashion, it stripped local communities of the ability to make their own choices. Instead, schools were forced to abide burdensome federal regulations or risk losing federal funding.Predictably, the results were a disaster:
Studies show that public school students aren’t eating what cafeterias are serving, turning many operations into money-losers. While the school districts can opt out, doing so results in federal subsidy cuts for those programs.
“Overly prescriptive regulations have resulted in unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, higher costs and food waste.And just to add insult to injury, the rules resulted in school lunches having to ditch healthy options:
Salt’s a biggie, and the Department of Agriculture under former President Barack Obama was pressing for even lower amounts, which the association wants to shelve. It warned that “naturally occurring sodium present in meat, milk and other low-fat dairy foods will force schools to take nutritious choices off the menu, including many soups, entrée salads and low-fat deli sandwiches.”
As is typical, overreaching federal policies come with plenty of unintended consequences. Although the policy may have been well-intentioned, it clearly hasn’t delivered good results. Now schools have decided to push back.With the Obamas gone, President Trump has an opportunity to fix or do away with program entirely. There hasn’t been any word yet on whether or not Trump would be willing to act on the request, but it would surprise nobody if he does.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]