Mr. Obama is a man in a desperate search for a legacy. His nightmare scenario is legions of people being asked what they remember about the Obama administration responding with blank stares. It could even be worse. People might remember his administration for failed wars, racial tensions, and a disastrous health care initiative. Hence, given his situation, he has a lot of work to do trying to rewrite history or conjure a legacy that was never developed during his presidency.
With the Trump administration dismantling as much of Obama’s legacy as possible, there is likely to be nothing left in the very near future. Even his healthcare program would have already bit the dust, except for the fact that the scheme is such a confused mess that President Trump and his Republicans cannot figure out how to put the thing out of its misery. Alas, Mrs. Obama is even unable to contribute anything positive to her husband’s legacy as we’ve just learned.
One has to wonder what will be on display in the Obama Presidential Library once it is complete. If it is to house exhibits to his successes, the building will not need to be very large at all. Even Michelle’s school lunch program has been a flop. So, she’s no help either. In fact, the failure of her program has been met with joy by the very students she alleged to have wanted to help.
Penn-Trafford High School in Pennsylvania,“removed the high school from the National School Lunch Program after years of struggling to comply with federal regulations that drove down student lunch participation and cafeteria revenues, the Tribune-Review reports.”
Here’s the result of the school district’s decision: “‘We’ve lost, to date, about $40,000 worth of reimbursement, but our sales are up about $50,000 over last year,’ he said. ‘Participation has gone from about 25 percent to 45 percent, and we’re still providing free lunches to all those students who would have been eligible under the school lunch program.'”
Amazing. Give the kids some choices rather than dictating a menu from Washington and more of them participate.
It turns out that the cafeteria has become a nicer place to eat as well. “Ditching the federal regulations allowed school food workers to redesign the cafeteria from a funnel system with few choices to a food court model with a deli and panini station, grill, main course counter and other stations, according to the news site.”
What do the students think? “Senior Brianna Lander pointed to the cafeteria’s garbage cans as evidence that the new system is working better than the federal rules, which require all students to take a fruit or vegetable whether they wanted it or not. ‘The trash cans were always full, sometimes overflowing,’ Lander said. ‘You don’t see that now. People would go up to the snack line and get random junk food, where now you can get an actual meal and eat it.'”
So under the Obama school lunch regime, students took the food they were told to and threw it out, substituting junk food for a meal. Unshackled from Washington’s grip, students are eating meals again.
It’s not just this one school that has given Michelle’s lunch scheme the boot. “Penn-Trafford High School is among more than 500 schools that have dropped out of the NSLP since strict nutrition regulations were imposed on schools through the Healthy Hunger Free Act championed by former first lady Michelle Obama.”
What did Mrs. Obama’s lunch program accomplish? “The changes drove down school food sales nationwide for the first time in years and created an estimated $1 billion in additional food waste as students across the country revolted against the rules.”
In any event, the happy news is that school cafeterias need not be the victims of Michelle Obama’s misguided lunch program. And Washington needs to be told that local school districts really can figure out how to get the kids fed without the first lady’s help.
Source: EAG News