How did we survive without their benevolent tutelage?
Another way Obamacare will make business a big loser:
More than 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will have to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-throughs. . . .
The idea is to make sure that customers process the calorie information as they are ordering. Many restaurants currently post nutritional information in a hallway, on a hamburger wrapper or on their Web site. The new law will make calories immediately available for most items.
This is a typical Obama admin nudge. As babies, we can’t be expected to take responsibility for seeking the information we need or to use common sense in our food choices. And it dovetails perfectly with Michelle O’s anti-obesity campaign, which will shovel taxpayers’ money into, among other things, eliminating “food deserts” (you live in a food desert if your grocery store is more than one mile from your house) and forcing manufacturers to adopt dumbed-down nutritional labeling so that “deciphering calorie counts per serving would not require higher math.” (I did not make that up.)
The first lady recently held a nag-session with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and made the following claim:
“Today, snacking between meals has become more the norm rather than the exception. And while kids 30 years ago ate just one snack a day, we’re now trending toward three –- so our kids are taking in an additional 200 calories a day just from snacks alone,” Mrs. Obama said.
Really? I’d like to see some data on that, along with evidence that smaller meals and frequent snacks are bad for growing children. But that’s beside the point. Parents exist to oversee the care and feeding of their kids. It’s not proper for the federal government to micromanage that.
Mrs. Obama is correct that things have changed in thirty years. Many more children now come home from school to empty houses. This may have something to do with kids’ eating habits. But that factor is too politically incorrect for Mrs. Obama to consider. And anyway, it’s a moot point, because the stay-at-home mother is extinct:
“This isn’t about trying to turn the clock back to when we were kids or preparing five-course meals from scratch every night. No one has time for that,” the first lady said in her remarks.
Got that, homemakers? You’re dinosaurs.
Back to the restaurant reg’s. Ed Morrissey is the voice of reason on this:
But let’s be serious. No one who’s seriously concerned about caloric intake is going to order the gigantic Jalapeno Smokehouse Burger w/ Jalapeno Ranch dinner [2130 calories!]. Most people have the common sense to know that big burgers and whopping mounds of fries will total a huge number of calories, no matter where one buys or makes dinner. Responsible adults can navigate a menu on their own to choose the healthier options, if they want to do so, without forcing restauranteurs to conduct the kind of lab analyses necessary to give accurate calorie counts for menus.
Sure, this is small compared with the havoc Obamacare will wreak on the quality, availability, and price of health care, but it’s typically anti-business, and wholly unnecessary. More from Ed:
Davanni’s, a local pizzeria-sandwich restaurant with 22 locations around the Twin Cities, will now have to comply with this mandate. A caller to my Saturday show (who wished to remain anonymous) told my radio partner Mitch Berg during a commercial break that it will cost Davanni’s approximately $200,000 to comply with the new mandate — just to start. Every menu change will require Davanni’s to have the new or modified items re-analyzed, which means that Davanni’s will probably resist adding new options for their customers.
Read on for the fallout from that burden, which is not trivial, particularly when it’s your job or business that’s affected.
Again, Obamacare will intrude into our personal lives, depress jobs and growth, and discourage creativity and innovation, as it will in the medical field.
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Cross-posted at P&P.