First, a primer if you don’t know this story:
1. Gov. Huckabee supports federal intervention in local issues like school lunch nutrition.
2. Glenn calls out the Governor for being a big government progressive.
3. The Gov. responds publicly to glenn with righteous indignation and great manufactured outrage.
Ok, so now let’s look at one simple aspect of this story: whether or not the Governor is being honest. Here is the fact pattern:
Michelle Obama is heading up an effort to combat childhood obesity. One of the first major initiatives of this campaign was the “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.” Here is what Huckabee said about it at the time: “By passing a bill that addresses the nutritional quality of school lunches, an important step is being taken to give children choices that will make them healthier and more productive.”
Ok, great, so he likes the law…but what does that law actually do? Well, according to USA Today: “it gives the USDA the authority to set nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold in schools during the school day, including vending machines…”
To translate, the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT will have DIRECT CONTROL over whether or not certain foods–say a Milky Way bar–can be put into a vending machine at a public school.
With me so far?
Ok, so now for the big reveal…the Huckabee Lie. In his public statement attacking Glenn, here’s what he claims:
“I’m no fan of [Michelle Obama's] husband’s policies for sure, but I have appreciated her efforts that Beck misrepresented—either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to distort them to create yet another ‘boogey man’ hiding in the closet that he and only he can see. The First Lady’s approach is about personal responsibility—not the government literally taking candy from a baby’s mouth.”
Actually, Governor, no. I know you’re so immune to political spin that you probably don’t even recognize it anymore, but THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THIS ACT THAT YOU SUPPORT DOES.
If you want to be mad that Glenn called you out for being something that you are, fine…snap back at him that you guys see the world differently and you think this is an instance where the federal government can help. But pretending that this effort by the government is only about “personal responsibility” is absolutely insulting and proves exactly what you are (in addition to a progressive): a typical politician.