The Corner

Sugar Bombs

Remember when liberals used to put this bumper sticker on their Volvos? “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” Nowadays, they don’t even want the bake sales:

Montgomery [County, Md.] is one of a growing number of school districts around the country that have in recent years declared the humble, beloved bake sale a threat to children. Schools in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and Texas have regulations aimed at limiting bake sales to nutritious food. Massachusetts will soon join them. Beginning in August, it will prohibit fundraisers that sell non-nutritious foods in school, and take it one step further: Kids will no longer be allowed to hand out sugary cookies—or other treats deemed unhealthy—to classmates on their birthdays.

Don’t worry, though. Our Washington overlords are going to make everything better:

To end the confusion, the federal government is expected to weigh in this year with its own national school nutrition standards for food sold outside cafeterias.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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