Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The phrase "patently ridiculous" comes to mind
I grew up in (among other places) Santa Clara County, California, so when that county made national headlines for being - well, patently ridiculous - I just had to read the whole story.
Before I begin, some disclaimers:
1. I do not eat at McDonald's.
2. I don't have kids, but I don't think my little siblings should eat the crap that McDonald's sells.
2. I am a believer in healthy eating.
3. I believe that any establishment that sells food (or what they purport to be food)should tell you exactly what's in it.
However, my home county deciding to outlaw Happy Meal toys - I kid you not - is just unbelievable. Their reasoning: it'll take the lure of the toy away from the high-fat, unhealthy crap that McDonald's masquerades as "food" that is leading kids to end up looking like Grimace. (That's the purple guy above.)
Oh, bravo. Forget the big, insane government angle of it - how about parenting? Are we so pathetic as a society, are we so bad helping our children make good nutritional decisions, that the county supervisors now have to do it for us?
And what's next? Are the food police going to ban toys in sugary breakfast cereals? Contests from candy and gum manufacturers? Can you say Big Brother?
What's your take on this?