According to the news (a while back, to be sure), they’ve had to raise school lunch prices in Portsmouth, NH, because participation is down. The kids ain’t buying the lunches, but prefer to brown-bag it — or go without. You have to go way, way, way deep into the story to find out why.
Officials cited several factors in the dwindling of school meal purchases. One is implementation of new guidelines as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by first lady Michelle Obama, which requires a fruit or vegetable be served with the meal and originally restricted protein and grain to 2 ounces per day.
“The implementation of these guidelines has had a greater effect than was anticipated,” Bartlett said Tuesday night.
Ah, so that’s the answer! The kids stopped buying lunch when the lunches started sucking worse. Who could have predicted that? And there’s another interesting detail in there. Yes, the First Wookiee, who’s projected the “body issues” she has with her own two-axe-handles’-worth of posterior onto America’s undeserving schoolchildren, has restricted kids to basically trace amounts of meat. And now the kids (their parents, really) can pay more for the food they’ve already demonstrated they don’t like.
The countdown to “preference cascade” is running.
Perhaps the fact that the Washington would-be micromanagers don’t get the incentives around the subject of guns is not a unique thing. Perhaps it’s a marker for something deeper that they’re no better at managing school lunches than they are at fighting crime with dumb-ass gun laws.
But we can probably be thankful that government is the most inefficient social organization the human race has yet devised. Imagine the disaster if we actually got all the government we pay for!