call me crazy

Is this for REAL?


They had to pass a LAW?

"This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's' love of toys" to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure to ban toys from Happy Meals and other high calorie meals for children.

It's true.  Donald Gage, the one guy who voted against the Santa Clara ordinance had this to say:  "If you can't control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers."

My own kids don't eat Happy Meals, or Fun Packs, or anything like that.  This family philosophy began in great part because I simply cannot stand having too much clutter around our house.  But to tell the truth, both kids have evolved to the point, that if by some chance they DO order a happy meal, they actually request "a happy meal with no toy please."  That's because they both have come to the conclusion, that said crappy toy will inevitably end up in the garbage, which is bad for the environment, and they don't want to contribute to something like that.  They still like to eat cruddy food - but it has nothing to do with the toy.

This is not to say that we have never partaken of a kids meal, but for the most part I said "no," they asked "why" and eventually came around.

So why in the name of Ronald McDonald is the City of Santa Clara banning toys in happy meals?! Is it because parents are incapable of saying "No, we can't eat here all week - it's bad for us."?  I find it absolutely disgusting that the government is taking it upon themselves to eradicate all possible temptations from children, so the parents never have to play bad cop.

Maybe instead, they should pass a law requiring all prospective parents to submit to an x-ray.  Everyone who has a spine worthy of standing up to a 5 year-old will be allowed to procreate, those who don't qualify can adopt one of those froo-foo dogs and feed them chicken nuggets to their hearts content.

Seriously?  A law?  Against happy meals?