Once again, we see an attempt by the heavy hand of the federal government to issue a one-size-fits-all set of regulations in order to ostensibly solve a problem. Predictably, the “Law of Unintended Consequences,” routinely ignored by progressive lawmakers, is causing the opposite of “hunger-free kids” as we hear stories of kids actually behaving like … kids … and throwing away the parts of their lunches that they don’t want to eat. Some things never change, regardless of well-intentioned first ladies and bureaucrats.
Beyond the obvious reality that human nature isn’t likely to change very much simply because out-of-touch people in the Beltway think they can make it so, there are the dilatory effects of such legislation upon both the schools and businesses affected by the new law.
To put some dollars and cents to the matter, four of our restaurants, serving parts of west Cobb and east Paulding counties, helped public schools raise nearly $200,000 this past school year. Multiply this by the fact that there are countless other partnerships achieving similar results and it is easy to see how many of the programs our students rely upon will suffer greatly as a result of this legislation.
Our store will suffer as well, of course; these weekly biscuit sales comprise a healthy part of our business. Translated into practical terms, the loss of these biscuit sales represents the loss of more than one full-time job.
Again, multiply this job loss at our store by many such restaurants — some of which have larger partnerships than do we — and the human cost of this legislation becomes clearer.
Thankfully, there remains a glimmer of hope not mentioned in Mr. Willis’ article, and that is the fact that the language of the bill permits fundraisers, such as the ones represented by our partnership, provided such fundraisers are “infrequent” and the law clearly stipulates that the definition of “infrequent” shall be determined by the Boards of Education of the various states.
It thus behooves all concerned, be they parents, teachers, school officials, students or other chikin’ eaters, to let legislators and Board of Education members alike hear their voices, asking that their attention be turned to this matter in a timely and favorable fashion.
I would urge, for the sake of so many concerned, that they agree with me in my belief that “once-a-week” really does sound “infrequent.”