Sid Miller, who openly declared on the campaign trail that the greatest resource in Texas was it’s young people, took the fight with the food police in Texas to a new level: In his first official act, the new Texas Agriculture Commissioner declared amnesty… on cupcakes!
Although the statewide rules that banned cupcakes (and other junk food) from classrooms were repealed last July, Sid heard concerns from many parents on the campaign trail about the issue. He wanted to make it very clear that the policy had been revoked and that it was a local issue.
“The government here in Texas is getting out of your lives,” said Commissioner Miller.
The policy, put in place in 2004 by then-Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs and revoked last year by previous Commissioner, Todd Staples, had prohibited parents from handing out cupcakes and other foods with high levels of sugar and fats to children other than their own.
Commissioner Miller is not new to the fight against the food police. This writer was present last year at the Texas Republican Convention when he brought the house down with an open message to Michelle Obama concerning her school lunch program:
“Lady… we’ve been raising bright, healthy, strappin’ young men and women in Texas for nearly 200 years…and we don’t need you, or anyone else coming to Texas and tellin’ us how to raise our kids!”
The junk food ban policy has been a dismal failure even as ex-Commissioner Combs stood by her policy and openly disagreed with the actions taken by Commissioner Miller. The obesity rate has remained absolutely unchanged in the decade since the ban.
This issue has been a point of contention in Texas since Combs instituted her ban, causing the state legislature to get involved in 2005 after a child was sent home from a Texas school for bringing pizza to a birthday party. Passed unanimously in 2005, Lauren’s Law allowed parents to bring party foods to classroom parties and school events. Even still, there had been much confusion by parents and schools statewide.
After delivering 148 cupcakes to the Texas legislature and standing in front of his “Cupcake Amnesty” sign, Commissioner Miller said, “There was once a famous line, and it went like this: Let them eat cake!” He then took a big bite of his cupcake!
Watch Commissioner Sid Miller discuss his decision with Tucker Carlson on Fox and Friends Weekend HERE:
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