Dateline Washington D.C. – Our nation’s capital where many important things are going on. You know, this is the place where the president has spent $5,000,000,000,000 over the past 3 years. If you’ve never seen a number that high before, that’s 5 trillion dollars. So with national debt a big issue, the war on terrorism another big issue, high gas prices, inflation, and the highest unemployment and under employed rate in recent history, it’s no wonder that a United States congressman is moving on such a pressing issue as whether or not pizza is a vegetable.
I’m sure that SLICE, the best pizza blog in the world, is proud to know a congressman in Colorado loves their pizza blog so much, that he’s decided to introduce a bill to congress with their name on it.
Actually, the SLICE Act has nothing to do with pizza blogs but everything to do with whether or not the federal government is a bit too powerful. SLICE is an acronym and stands for School Lunch Improvements for Children’s Education. It seems that Democrat Rep. Jared Solis has nothing better to do in Washington than to think up laws he’d like to introduce that would be better left to individual states.
Tomato Sauce – Friend or Foe?
Looks like what Jared Solis and his SLICE (not the pizza blog) Act hopes to accomplish is to stop the federal school lunch program from classifying two tablespoons of tomato paste on a pizza as a full vegetable serving. It seems that’s the current law right now. But hey, if you think about it, how much lower would our taxes be if there were no federal lunch program? What if the states just ran their own statewide lunch programs instead? That’s the way it should be. It’d eliminate a lot of waste in Washington D.C. Let state legislators argue about pizza sauce, pizza toppings, pizza joints, pizza blogs and other similar issues are better taken out of Washington D.C.
Quotes like the following from Rep. Solis make sense, but really, lunch standards for the school where your kid attends third grade should not be dictated from Washington D.C.
“Pizza certainly has its place in school meals, but equating it with broccoli, carrots and celery seriously undermines this nation’s efforts to support children’s health and their ability to learn because of better school nutrition,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), the bill’s chief sponsor, said in a letter to colleagues seeking their support for the measure. “Its nutritional content should be accurately reflected in school meal standards.”
Bickering Over Pizza
This is a contentious matter for some. The arguments go back and forth. “Pizza is a vegtable.” “No, it’s not.” “The Debt is $5,000,000,000.000” “Pizza is not a vegetable.”
Bickering over who has the best pizza in New York city, Goodfella’s or Grimaldi’s is proper. Bickering over whether or not pizza is a vegetable, is not. The best thing congress can do is give some power back to the states to institute their own lunch programs. Because you must remember this, the federal government big enough to call pizza a vegetable, is a federal government big enough to say pizza isn’t healthy and to limit visits to your favorite pizzeria. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
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