Absurd Laws: Gov’t Protects Us From Ourselves

April 30th, 2010 by Lee Eldridge

Received this from an industry source yesterday.

Approving the first local ordinance of its kind, supervisors in Santa Clara County, CA, have banned restaurants from giving away toys and other promotional items with high-calorie children’s meals. Passed in a 3-2 vote this week, the limited ordinance targets any meal that contains more than 485 calories, 600 milligrams of sodium or certain percentages of fat or sugar. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, in a meeting on Tuesday.

Because the ordinance only applies to unincorporated neighborhoods like Stanford and Burbank, the majority of San Jose-area restaurants won’t be affected by the law. Hoping the fast-food industry will voluntarily begin offering more healthy kids’ meals, supervisors have decided to allow a 90-day grace period before the ordinance is enforced. Eventually, the ordinance calls for a $250 fine for the first violation, $500 for the second and then up to $1,000 for subsequent violations.

So whatever happened to personal responsibility? It’s my job as a parent to raise my children. To educate my children. To protect my children. And yes, to feed my children. But the government has decided that we’re so easily duped by “prizes” that we’re unable to make the best decisions for our children. And understand that this is just the beginning of our new nanny state. This might be one small law in a county in California, but that’s the road that we’re traveling. And I don’t like where it’s going. Let’s hope that at some point soon, common sense can prevail.

Big Brother, leave my prizes alone.

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