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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow cones legalized in Arizona schools

When he became Arizona's governor a few weeks ago, Republican Doug Ducey put (CORRECTING) Voters put Diane Douglas in charge of the state Department of Education. Last week, she used her authority to protect the local schools from the bullies in Washington -- by issuing blanket waivers for selling snacks to raise money for the schools.

“Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fundraisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control,” Douglas said. “I have ordered effective immediately that the ADE Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for all fundraisers for both traditional public schools and charter public schools.”

The flap came down to snow cones.

Last summer the federal Department of Agriculture took over all the food consumed in schools or even in the name of schools in one of the schools. Foods the bureaucrats didn't want people to eat, the bureaucrats banned. Snow cones made the list. Republican state Senator  Debbie Lesko, a Peoria, Arizona, Republican, drafted legislation to tell the feds to take a hike.

The Arizona Daily Star reported:
Douglas went on to say that the snow cone saga illustrates the “ridiculous regulations” that are pervasive in government of all levels.
“I have confidence that parents can decide whether or not to buy food for themselves or their children at fundraiser events, just as easily as they make their own food choices when their children are not at school,” she said. “The thought that a federal bureaucrat knows better than parents what they can feed their own families is condescending and reprehensible.”
Douglas, who took office last month, supports Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s effort to reduce regulation on business and believes the same should be done for school districts struggling with limited resources, saying if rules, regulations or statutes do not contribute to bettering education or providing financial accountability, those should be evaluated for elimination.
When Lord Acton said power corrupts, I think he meant one's mental capabilities because you would have to be seriously brain damaged to ban snow cones.



  1. Money is not the Root of All Evil** Power is the Root of All Evil. So called "Progressivism" is all about power and the desire of some to dominate the existence of others. Robert Heinlein put it as, "There are two types of people. Those who want to control others and those who don't want to be controlled."

    ** the actual saying is "The lust for money is the root of most evil." And why is that? Because the lust leads to the abuse of power.

  2. AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected office. In fact, after both Ducey and Douglas independently won in November, Bully Gates and all his bought and paid for sock puppets tried to lean on Ducey to cut off Douglas's knees because Douglas opposes Commune Core.