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School Lunch Ketchup Rules Show US Middle Class Will Never Recover

By    |   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 07:57 AM

At schools all across the country, the federal government's lunch rules limit the number of calories and types of foods students can have. In at least one district, students can choose three ketchup packets, two ketchups and one mustard packet, two barbeque sauce packets or just one mayonnaise packet. Students are growing up believing it is normal to have rules about how much ketchup they can use.

Can we expect these students to be entrepreneurs and risk takers in the future? That seems unlikely when they are taught to follow orders about insignificant details in their lives. Some will eventually understand it is OK to make choices, but many will not develop critical thinking skills in this environment.

Fortunately for them, the government safety net is large and strong. They will have access to food stamps, help with rent and utility payments and free phones and medical care even if they are unable to make decisions required for higher levels of success. These programs will certainly be in place for them because any attempt to cut spending on entitlements is treated as an assault on the poor, a war on women or a disregard for the children who are our future.

Access to expansive benefits and an inability to make decisions will lead to a sense of dependency in many students. Rather than wanting to pursue the American dream, they will wonder why the rich won't give more to them. The wealth gap will grow and the middle class will disappear.

Rules about ketchup packets are not the cause of the demise of the middle class. They are just a symptom of the problem that has become impossible to ignore — government is imposing restrictions that destroy Keynesian animal spirits while building a nightmare of Keynesian-inspired budget deficits.

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At schools all across the country, the federal government's lunch rules limit the number of calories and types of foods students can have.
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2014-57-19
Friday, 19 Sep 2014 07:57 AM
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