Is there no area of life that the busybody left doesn’t want to regulate? Do they really believe that individuals are incapable of making good choices? Now, we’ve got some nanny-staters suing McDonald’s for giving away a toy with its Happy Meal:
Remember last month, when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to prevent restaurants from giving away toys with unhealthy meals? Someone at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) must have thought that was a great idea. The advocacy group is planning to sue McDonald’s over Happy Meal toys, because it says the toys are designed to get children to use their “pester power” to convince Mom and Dad to visit the Golden Arches. Once there, kids acquire the latest cheap plastic doohickey, which comes with fattening food.
This is too much even for Brett Singer who believes that “CSPI seems like a good organization.” He contends that that the “threatened lawsuit against McDonald’s is attacking the wrong problem”, asking “Does anyone really believe children will stop wanting McDonald’s french fries without the promise of a free toy? (Hasn’t anyone at CSPI ever eaten those fries?)”
Good point. Great (rhetorical) questions.
Now, it’s one thing to remind us of the dangers of eating too much fast food, but quite another to try to prevent fast food companies from running their business as they see fit. McDonald’s is not forcing children to eat Happy Meals nor are they forcing parents to take them there. Why can’t these liberals trust parents to raise their children as they see fit? Why do they remain convinced that children’s “pester power” overrides parental decision power?
Do they have such a low opinion of parents that they believe them incapable of standing up to their children’s “pestering”? (Now, uncles on the other hand . . . )
Shouldn’t they focus on the parents and help them develop means (on their own, without the coercion of the state) to stand up to such pester power? Eliminating toys from fast food restaurants won’t help kids learn anything about healthy nutrition. By contrast, teaching children about making choices will.