Nanny State Thrives – Massachusetts Set to Ban Bake Sales and Candybar Fundraisers

Drudge is spreading this story far and wide, and for very good reason. We often  see stories where a nanny-state government body reaches into the decision realm that should be commanded by parents and parents alone. Today we see it in a glaringly frightening light, in the form of a 24/7 state-wide ban on “competitive” food products.

Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.

At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets so-called “competitive” foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.

When concerns of resulting difficulties for fundraisers held outside of regular school hours fell on the ears of Dr. Lauren Smith, Director of the Department of Public Health in MA, she responded suggesting parents need to innovate and come up with new ideas.

“We’re not trying to get into anyone’s lunch box,” Smith told the Herald. “We know that schools need those clubs and resources. We want them to be sure and have them, but to do them a different way. We have some incredibly innovative, talented folks in schools who are already doing some impressive things, who serve as incontrovertible evidence that, yes, you can do this, and be successful at it.”

In other words, Dr. Smith, you’re inserting yourself as the decision maker and forcing the parent to follow along, regardless of what the parents want. This move by big government is, without question, a horrific infringement upon the rights of parents to choose what is best for their own families.

-Eric Odom

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  • Pirra Milan

    Total Masshole move.

  • David Lithway

    don’t they have anything better to do??

  • Janis Wash

    i saw that… this whole world has gone psycho

  • Raoul Henri

    Gimme a goddamn break!

  • Gerry Miller

    Liberalism is a disease!!

  • Bernie Rohr

    I suppose that they will have to sell carrot and celery sticks instead of candy and Tofu instead of baked goods .

  • Barbara Pernaris

    That’s government control for you… COMMUNIST AMERIKA, here we come!!

  • Alan Paris

    why the hell don’t the people wake up…to the commie takeover… turning us into a police state….

  • Brian Cooney

    Its a war on girlscouts!!! (future women)

  • Jerry Esposito

    Good luck raising money selling carrot sticks and tofu. Organic of course.

  • Gayle Cayse Bridge

    Once again, the loons on the left will make it harder for children to raise funds to help offset the cost of participating in school sports! This hurts the poor most (the same people the Dem’s proclaim to help) and only the middle class and rich (with disposable income) will be able to pay for their kids to play!

  • John Theodore Knecht

    Next thing you know is Thin Mints will be banned!!!

  • Caroline Rush Markham

    I wonder why the parents in Massachusetts are putting up with this crap? Wait until there are no booster clubs raising money to help pay for the kiddies’ sports programs. They will start hollering about it coming out of their own pockets then… and then they will want the government to provide it from taxpayer dollars I suppose? Can’t they see the bigger implications of a government that is telling us what we can eat and drink even on our own time? Schools should be governed by the state, or even the county or parish the school is in… the feds should stay the hell out of it.

  • Gayle Cayse Bridge

    ….I can see a stimulus package coming for school sports! But first we must appoint a committee to do a study!

  • Bryan Jensen

    Because parents in Massachusetts are liberal pussies.

  • Theresa Skalman

    Soooooo………. like Alan said: Why are the people putting up with this shit?!

  • Linda Chell Rooney

    Sick of it already. Make it stop. :-P

  • Edward House

    There aren’t bigger problems to deal with?

  • Catherine Frazier

    I’m surprised California hasn’t done this. I am sure it’s in the works. Where is the common sense? If you don’t want to “buy” the candy bar or baked good, then donate your money and walk away.

  • Brent Chipponeri

    And they call this the land of the free.

  • Cate Rombke Porter

    this is ridiculous!

  • Tom Conde

    Bake sales and holiday parties are not everyday things. Vending machines selling snacks and pop never should have been in schools to start with. While it is true that many parents make bad choices for their kids, this is more about a group deciding that they are so superior that they must have power over everything. If they really want to do some good they should be demanding a return to food standards based on nutrition not on Monsanto profits.

  • Amanda Little

    I hate living in MA. If I had the money id move today. Caroline Rush Markham, MA is the most liberal state that’s why parents don’t do squat and let these stupid things happen.

  • Clark Susie

    when will we just say NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE INTRUSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Paul Maitrejean

    Soooooo…. has Mr. Better-Than-Obama Romney had anything to say on this matter?

  • Joanie Dilbon Zima

    Take Obummer with her.

  • Andreas Shizas

    Thank you Michelle Obama…..

  • Bryan Preston

    Stupid people in charge there. Pure idiots.

  • Paul Moss

    Just think of the tens of dollars that Big Brother is missing out on with those activities.

  • Alan Paris

    lids have been selling lemonade and cupcakes and cookies forever…. now the police are supporting the commie police state…simple as that…

  • America First

    Communism in Massachusetts

  • Greg Schuck

    I guess the Girls Scouts are done selling cookies in MA, as are the Boy Scouts selling popcorn. Good job, MA, good job.

  • Sheryl S. Swan

    Good grief!!! What next??? The freedoms of our people are going down the drain bit by bit…

  • William R. Shaneyfelt

    As a retired safety manager, I saw it creeping in over the years. It started with good ideas to protect people from hazards, then progressed to protecting them from themselves… As much as I fought to keep risk balanced with cost, I saw it slowly creep far beyond what is reasonable. People need to be able to weigh risk against cost in their personal lives and then be responsible for taking the consequences for foolish risk.

    Today the mindset is that the Government needs to protect us from all dangers, (real and imagined), and as a result, we have cases like the FDA forcing small farmers out of business (for selling raw milk and many other similarly “fringe” regulation), which leaves only the mega farms in business. This results in not the occasional few isolated people (as would happen from a small operation) with Salmonella, or whatever contaminant but, thousands of people over a huge geographic area being sickened. That is then used as a pretense to tighten restrictions, further eliminating small operators who cannot afford the costs associated with the new restrictions. An ever tightening spiral of tighter regulation as a result of a bigger catastrophe, driving out small operators in whatever business sector you choose to examine. Ultimately there will only be a few “state run” conglomerates with a few “fat cats” at the top living in opulent luxury and a huge underclass of impoverished serfs. We will, in the not too distant future become a third world country because of short sightedness, fear and greed.

  • Julie Scott

    My baked goods are a lot healthier than anything you’ll find in a school cafeteria!
    But that’s beside the point. Our commie gov’t has got to go!!!

  • Ray Simoneaux

    WTF! Damn Communist! Glad I don’t live there,I’d have to move…

  • Paul Maitrejean

    And just think! So many patriotic Americans are throwing their weight behind that state’s governor! You know, the one who’s promising smaller government? The one who says he understands the frustration of the American people? The one who established mini-ObamaCare in MA? The one who’s running for POTUS? Yeah, that’s it… what’s his name…. oh yeah… S**t Romney. Good ol’ Obama 2.0.

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