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It’s A ‘Let’s Move!’ MIRACLE!

Did you hear? Just a mere two years after the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative was started, childhood obesity is reversing course! It’s a miracle! All that strong arming of businesses, restaurants and schools is paying off!

The Weekly Standard has this headline ‘White House Credits ‘Let’s Move’ for Halting and Reversing Childhood Obesity Trend’. Here’s the only line in the whole thing that matters:

The press release does not include any data to bolster the claim.

Data? We don’t need no stinkin’ data! This is coming from the White House, there is no need to question it! They have nothing to hide and are the most transparent administration in history, after all. Just look at the EPA for example… well, o.k. maybe not the EPA. How about the White House itself? Oh, Oops…time to fire up the newly reorganized community organizing propaganda machine and spin, spin, spin!

Let’s look at some of the recent Great Moments in Transparency:

White House Fails To Meet Sequestration Transparency Act Deadline
Obama Fails to Deliver Transparency as Cabinet Defies Requests
Obama aide sent lobbyists private email
Obama: Have I mentioned this is the most transparent WH in history lately?

The reality is that perhaps obesity rates have declined a bit, but one can just as easily attribute that to the new levels of grinding poverty and children going hungry as the reason the numbers might be tipping.

Hey, where’s my data supporting that claim? I could just tell you to take my word for it, works for the White House right? Nah, I won’t do that but instead point you to an indicator from one of the biggest retailers in the world: Wal-Mart.


“In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February MTD sales are a total disaster,” Jerry Murray, Wal- Mart’s vice president of finance and logistics, said in a Feb. 12 e-mail to other executives, referring to month-to-date sales. “The worst start to a month I have seen in my ~7 years with the company.”

Oh, dear. Now why might that be? Drop in share value is one but the other is the consumer. The kind of consumer which counts on low prices on goods and food to keep their families afloat. Should this freak us out? Meghan McArdle seems to think if things for Wal-mart do not improve, that answer is ‘yes’.

Bloomberg continues:

Customers’ Wallet

Higher payroll taxes “go against our customers’ wallet,” Family Dollar Chief Executive Officer Howard Levine said on a Jan. 3 conference call. “Clearly, they do not have as much for discretionary purchases than they did.”

Wal-Mart’s Geiger in his e-mail urged employees to improve business by “fixing something that could really make a difference to our performance.” He quoted Tim Yatsko, the company’s executive vice president of global sourcing, saying: “We need to ‘stop the stupid.’”

Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon said during a Feb. 1 officers meeting, the minutes of which were attached to Geiger’s e-mail, that the troubled economy leaves little room for internal errors.

“In an environment like this, we can’t afford to hurt ourselves,” Simon said, according to the minutes. “Self- inflicted wounds are our biggest risk and our toughest enemy.”

Payroll taxes returning to their original levels plus the increase in gas prices are pinching the heck out of the average citizen’s wallet. Now, factor in the cost of food and energy have been rising as well, and you have a lot of people buying less and eating less – in the dark perhaps. To be fair, this spending has been dropping for a number of years while hunger levels (See p.41) have been increasing each year. Carpe Diem noted back in 2009:

In the entire history of the U.S., it’s only been in the last eight years that the percent of income spent on food for Americans was in single digits – since 2000 it’s been below 10%. In all previous years, spending on food was in double-digits, and in most years from 1929 to 1952 it was above 20%. Consider that in 1932, spending on food at home took almost 22% of disposable income, compared to the record low of only 5.6% in 2008. Food has never been more affordable than today, as a share of income.

In 2008, despite the “Great Recession,” total spending on food as a share of disposable personal income fell to 9.6%, reaching the lowest level ever recorded in U.S. history. And since spending on food as a share of income is lower in the U.S. than in any other country, the 9.6% share of income spent on food in the U.S. for 2008 is probably the lowest ever in the history of the world.

Now, contrast this with the current data on food spending via the US Census where costs for a family of four jumped roughly $2.00 from 2009 to 2010 on the ‘thrifty plan’, as seen below:

It doesn’t take charts and tables for the average person out there to realize the cost of food has been rising. Anyone who hits a grocery store can tell you that. Just the other day, I paid the same amount for a gallon of gas as I did for a gallon of whole milk: $3.89. If you really want some interesting numbers though, check out The Food Timeline. The Corn Flakes and Oreo sections paint the picture of how prices have increased exponentially over the last 50 or so years.

This grand proclamation, void of any data, points more to an attempt to rehab the First Lady’s image and that of this administration than it does to any real change in obesity.

Related Reading from LL1885:

The Vending Machine Problem.
First Hamburglar ditches ‘Let’s Move’; Children Rejoice
A message from the High Priestess of The Food Desert…
First Hamburglar Strikes Again; Soda Ban Praise, Mickey Mouse Eats Carrots
My Vindication On Mythical Food Deserts. Continue reading

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First Hamburglar ditches ‘Let’s Move’; Children Rejoice

Via White House Dossier: Let’s Stop! Michelle Abandons “Let’s Move” Campaign Excerpt:

Michelle’s exit from the Let’s Move campaign coincided with growing reports and a widely circulated satirical video alleging that the new food guidelines were leaving children hungry. The bad publicity clashed with President Obama’s efforts to stir support among young voters for his candidacy. Many of Obama’s campaign events were held at high schools – presumably among students who might have been attending rallies on relatively empty stomachs.

Anyone who has followed my blog for the last few years knows my abject disdain for the First Hamburglar and her mythological Food Deserts. I doubt she’s totally dropped ‘Let’s Move’ bit and fully expect to see her focus become an all out assault on restaurants and food sellers.

Before anyone gets their panties is in a twist and screams, “What do you have against healthy eating!? You must want kids to be fat and I bet you punch kittens too!”, let me explain something: I am all for healthy eating, raising awareness and educational drives — but forcing businesses to become extensions of a Liberal Nanny state is nothing more than political correctness in physical form. Now hear this, Mrs. Obama — I will decide what I put in my body or what my kids eat. Period. Perhaps you should do the same.



Checking my Mooch Crystal Boob Belt Ball, I predict:

A push at restaurants for smaller portions (but they will charge us the same anyway), lowered salt in food, lowered fat in food, limits on soda. She’s already made it happen at Disney World, strong armed the Darden food chain and bullied McDonald’s… why not expand?

Food sellers like grocery stores and big box clubs offering groceries (Wal-Mart, Target etc) will get squeezed too. Watch her demand limiting various junk foods, cookies, chips and other goodies. This of course cuts into the bottom line of the store and of the manufacturers of such items, which in turn costs you and I more at the stores *allowed* to carry them or who defy The High Priestess of the Food Desert.

Not to be left out: Farms. Her husband has already caused some havoc there and I am sure FLOTUS is up to the task of finishing the job. Guns schmunz. Control the food, control the populace. (Also Read: Obama Admin announces “Rural Council” ) Continue reading

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Food Stamps: The Rotten Fruit of Social Justice Entitlement Programs

Obama food stamp nation goes fast food across America « Quite Normal. Excerpt from Quite Normal: “It is seemingly innocuous stories like this which encapsulate in something the size of a french fry all that is wrong with America, and … Continue reading

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I Am Not McLovin’ It.

From The Telegraph UK: “McDonald’s has been praised by Michelle Obama after announcing it will automatically include a portion of fruit in children’s Happy Meals and reduce servings of French fries.” Translation: McDonalds Caved to Michelle Obama. For more than … Continue reading

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Parenting 101 from MO: Trick Your Kids

From The Blaze: I don’t know about anyone else, but making my kid run around the house looking for something that is sitting right next to me has got to be one of THE lamest PSA attempts I have ever … Continue reading

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The Battle For Your Bulge

I’ve been watching. I’ve been listening. I’ve been slowly coming to a full head of steam and now I just can’t sit still and not say something. Where is the move in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign? I’ve seen very … Continue reading

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Political Correctness has a brother: Social Justice

In a prior blog post, I wrote that Political Correctness is Evil.  I stand by the assertions made in that post and have decided to expose the brother of Political Correctness: Social Justice. There are differing opinions of what exactly … Continue reading

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