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Didn’t a Couple of Those Founders Fight a Duel Over That?

10:19 AM, Aug 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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School bakes sales, that is, and the authority to regulate them.  Agrarian types thought, quaintly, that authority as to the suitability of chocolate should be reserved to the states.  Those who dreamed of a mightier union thought otherwise.

And, it seems, got the upper hand.  In the administration where a “constitutional scholar … sits in the Oval Office” (as described by his mouthpiece on the day after the President came out on the losing end of an 0-9 shutout in the Supreme Court), Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal reports:

A federal law that aims to curb childhood obesity means that, in dozens of states, bake sales must adhere to nutrition requirements that could replace cupcakes and brownies with fruit cups and granola bars.

Some days you find yourself thinking that people (or “folks” as we call them these days) had more freedom to go about their daily business when they were ruled by a king in London than they do today. 

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