ThinkProgress points to a recent speech by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) where he assailed new nutritional standards in schools. King complains that there are parents coming up to him telling him their kids are starving:
He said parents have approached him and have said things like “My kids are starving in school. My kids are being rationed on calories.”
Whatever one’s opinion is about the nutritional standards, it’s hard to take King’s words about child food safety seriously. In July, the congressman moved along with many of his Republican colleagues aggressively to cut food stamps. These cuts would’ve withheld as much as aid for 2 million Americans. He tried to justify these cuts with the following fear mongering:
“I know there are people that can’t do anything about it in the short term, but we also know that there are many more that are gaming the system, and we know that these EBT cards are being sold at a discount and traded off for alcohol and tobacco and illegal drugs.”
So if King is willing to push for huge cuts to food stamps, he’s probably not concerned about child hunger. So why all the fighting against nutritional standards? It could be that two of his top ten donors are the crop and agricultural services industries, which specialize in pumping high-fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy products into Americans’ diets.