February 14, 2014 2:42 pm -

Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois has a bill that would mandate that White House state dinners and other functions should offer the same menu choices as school lunches. This is his way of claiming the government tells you what to eat, and that this practice has to end.

Though the bill may stand little chance of passage, he describes it as a message that if the government wants to dictate what children can eat, they should lead by example.

“Back home our school districts and students are frustrated and feel like their government is not listening,” Davis, R-Ill., said.

For sure, Tuesday night’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande would not meet the guidelines. It wouldn’t even come close.

The dinner boasts a number of high-fat, high-calorie foods which would be purged from school cafeteria trays, including a rib-eye steak with blue cheese that packs close to 1,000 calories alone. If a guest were to eat all four courses of the meal, according to one estimate, they would consume 2,500 calories and 152 grams of fat — not counting alcohol.

Good use of your time, Rodney, and of taxpayer dollars.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.