National Review Online has a good editorial up today on what seems to be First Lady Michelle Obama’s primary pet cause, which is combating childhood obesity through extensive federal regulation.
As the editorial points out, Our Betters’ involvement in school lunches to this point has done just wonderful things for childhood obesity, such as heavily subsidizing the very sorts of foods that contribute to the problem. But, as Dr. Thomas Sowell has noted in other contexts, these nanny-state programs are invariably judged on their stated goals, as opposed to their demonstrated efficacy.
Finally, after New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh is cited saying that obesity “has proved impervious to clinical treatment or public-health exhortation,” the piece continues:
For an administration prone to smug castigation of its predecessors for their allegedly insufficient deference to scientific expertise, the Obama team is here shockingly cavalier about a scientific question of substantial depth and complexity. If Mrs. Obama, between her undergraduate major in sociology, her minor in African-American studies, and her law degree somehow managed also to acquire a great deal of expertise regarding a medical issue that has proved remarkably difficult for actual scholars and learned authorities, she has not seen fit to share how and where she acquired it.
(Of course, you could also just say “where does a woman with such an enormous ass get off lecturing me about obesity?”)