Friday, April 30, 2010

The day the Happy Meal died

The government of Santa Clara County, California has voted to ban toys in Happy Meals.  From the Foundry at the Heritage Foundation:
There might be 14,000 things to be happy about, but there is one less reason in Santa Clara County, California: the government there voted to ban toys in Happy Meals.

Toys that come in those delightfully colored boxes filled cheeseburgers and fries that have brought joy to millions of children will go the way of bottled water and salt, trans fat and soda pop, all of which have fallen victim to regulation-happy local governments.

The reason? No, it’s not because the toys are unsafe. It’s not because they’re filled with lead or cause choking. It’s because, well, they’re an effective way for businesses to legally market their products. The Los Angeles Times reports:

This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on childrens’ love of toys” to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said [Santa Clara County] Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”
The concepts of self-determination, liberty and personal responsibility are being cast into the dustbin of history before our very eyes.  Where will it end?  When the New York State Assembly and the federal government are considering prohibiting the use of salt by restaurants in the preparation of food, one has to wonder what is next?  Perhaps the government will issue a fraud-proof social security card which logs our food intake.

1 comment:

  1. Will this apply to breakfast cereals, too...and which ones? And Cracker Jacks? Where does Yeager draw the line?