Perhaps too much whatever was being passed around in the wake of the Giants’ World Series win Monday night, but San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has cemented themselves atop the government loony bin by banning toys provided in McDonald’s Happy Meal.
Where in the world (other than San Francisco, apparently) do lawmakers get the idea that they need to legislate such an action to save the people from themselves. This is a classic example of government reaching into places they shouldn’t be in and, much worse, doesn’t speak too highly of the people of San Francisco.
“I’ll have a Big Mac, no onions, and hold the mayo.” We’ve all done it. Well, how about “I’ll have a Happy Meal and you can keep the toy”. That takes some real critical thought, but apparently the Board of Supervisors don’t trust the parents to use their better judgment (or just maybe it doesn’t really matter) so feel the need to legislate the decision out of their hands.
Childhood obesity is a real problem in the U.S. and I’ve written about it here. It starts with education at home and in schools, not with a shakedown of local business.
By the way, how is the quality of the school lunch menu in San Francisco Unified School District? Maybe they need to ADD a toy.