Okay, so anyone who reads this blog knows I am generally pretty liberal. So it may come as a surprise that I am about to call out one of our most liberal cities for one of the most ridiculous abuses of government power I've seen in a long time.
Late last year, San Francisco banned the Happy Meal. In a world where stupidity has become the new normal, this turd-riddled piece of legislation still manages to amaze me.
You want to make sure people are aware that McDonald's food is unhealthy? Put out a pamphlet. You want to protect children from the evil temptations of marketers? Write an op-ed piece. You want to make sure that kids get the kind of food they need to grow into healthy adults? Instead of wasting tax dollars enforcing an absurd and draconian policy, how about subsidizing food that is actually good for children? Work on making nutritious shit more readily available to everyone.
And most importantly, ensure that the people who should be in charge of the food kids eat—their parents—take a little responsibility.
By eliminating happy meals, you have not done a single damn thing to make our kids healthier. You've simply given their parents an easy out. You've done their work for them. But do you really think they are going to stop feeding their kids crap? Don't think so. Next time they bypass the Mickey Dee's because Junior can't get his fix, they will probably swing by the local mini-mart and fuel up on ho-hos and twinkies, because they're tasty as hell and really fucking cheap.
Unless you've already outlawed those too.