Once again, Congress has demonstrated exactly what their true intentions are, voting in favor of Big Agra at the expense of its nation’s children. This past week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that upheld its determination that two tablespoons of tomato paste qualifies pizza as a vegetable and refused to limit how often French fries can be served in federally funded school lunches, much to the satisfaction of both the frozen food and potato industries. Pizza and French fries are two of the most often served items in school lunches. This ruling comes attached to legislation that was intended to strengthen the Department of Agriculture’s guidelines regarding school lunches, yet did exactly the opposite.
If politicians believe we face an immediate dire fiscal emergency with both Medicare and Medicaid programs, wait until this generation of children reach middle age. With three out of every ten children in this country obese, this country will face an overbearing burden on our health care programs when these kids age as they face type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, stroke, sleep apnea and certain types of cancer among other health issues due to weight problems. As the old saying goes, you are what you eat, and as a nation we eat entirely too much of all things bad for you and far too little of all things healthy. It doesn’t take a scientist or doctor to quote statistics to inform us that obesity is becoming an epidemic not only among adults but the young as well; one need only look at our schoolyards or shopping malls to see the results of America becoming a fast food nation.
Congress continues to sell whatever is left of its soul to Big Money and all its illegitimate offspring, consistently voting with its wallet and not what is in America’s best interest. In the long run, we will all pay dearly for their immoral transgressions.
Steven H. Spring