Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happy Meals – The Road to Serfdom?

What is happening in America today?  According to a piece in Investor’s Business Daily this week, children in San Francisco will not be allowed to buy a McDonald’s Happy Meal starting December 31st, all in the name of “food justice.”  Haven’t San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors ever read The Declaration of Independence?  Haven’t they ever heard of our unalienable rights, endowed by our Creator – the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?  Is America on the road to serfdom?  Let’s talk about it more now …

Making McDonald’s Happy Meals illegal in San Francisco is truly astounding.  It represents a milestone in eliminating economic freedom in America.  Because of a handful of supervisors in San Francisco, by a vote of 8 to 3, McDonald’s can’t give away a toy with a children’s meal unless it contains less than 600 calories, less than 640 milligrams of sodium, and less than 35% fat (including 10% saturated fat), plus it must include one half cup of fruit or 3/4 cup of a vegetable.  Talk about micro-management of one’s life.  What about if someone loves high fat foods?  Why aren’t they free to pursue happiness as they see it?

Incidentally, IBD points out that among ten companies in the restaurant industry listed in the article, McDonald’s has a sterling record with over $84B in market capitalization, a return on equity of 33.2%, and a pre-tax profit margin of 29.2%.  With results like that, customers must really find value at McDonald’s.  Successful companies in any industry must be serving their customers.

It’s time to get off the road to socialism and serfdom.  It’s time Americans return to economic freedom.  Individuals should decide what they eat, not big government officials or bureaucrats.

Choosing the Good Life Blog by Gerard Francis Lameiro, Ph.D.

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