Republican Sid Miller is now the agriculture commissioner of Texas, moving up from state representative. He wants to repeal the ban on deep fryers in school cafeterias.
I like his reasoning.
From the Associated Press: "Miller, a self-described pot-bellied calf-roper and former teacher, says his focus is firmly on combating childhood obesity. But he says government mandates have failed to make kids healthier in Texas, where roughly two-thirds of residents are considered overweight or obese."
It doesn't work; get rid of it.
That's the attitude we need in the government.
A plan to end childhood obesity doesn't work? Drop it and try something else.
That's how you solve problems.
Unfortunately, too many government programs have ulterior motives. Do you really think after 50 years of failure the War on Poverty was about ending poverty?
From the Associated Press:
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- It's about freedom, not the fries.
So says new Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who announced Thursday that the state is repealing a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public schools - an unappetizing reversal to national health advocates, school nutritionists and even his predecessor in the post.
Miller, a self-described "pot-bellied" calf-roper and former teacher, says his focus is firmly on combatting childhood obesity. But he says government mandates have failed to make kids healthier in Texas, where roughly two-thirds of residents are considered overweight or obese.
He is also relaxing restrictions on certain soft drinks in campus vending machines, saying that school districts need flexibility.
"You got a boy that goes to Anson High School -- he plays in football, he plays both (offense and defense) -- he can't make it on 870 calories. That boy burns 3,500 calories a day," Miller said. "He gets home, he hauls hay and milks cow and moves irrigation pipe. Then there's another child that's not active athletically. They may be into academics or band or some other extracurricular. Eight-hundred-seventy calories may be fine for that kid."
Experts say they can't recall other states making similar reversals, and the American Heart Association says the changes fail to provide a healthy school environment.
It was among dozens of groups, school leaders and voters who wrote letters of opposition to Miller's agency, which administers the federal National School Lunch and Breakfast programs in Texas schools.
"It sends the message that food prepared in a deep-fat fryer is acceptable," wrote Leslie Boggs, president of the Texas PTA.
Miller says critics are missing the point that Texas is simply giving schools the option of reinstalling deep fryers if they want starting July 1.I like how the PTA is socialist.