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Opening Arguments

What's for lunch?

You stay rebellious, Hoosier kids:

After Elwood Community Schools started serving meals with more whole grains, mandatory fruit and vegetables, and weekly limits on meat and grains last year, some students chose to pack a lunch, or not to eat at all.School lunch participation fell 12 percent.

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Schools have struggled with the new rules.

Indiana has been slower than most states to adopt the new rules — or at least to be certified in compliance. Across the country, implementation has been complicated.

I wish that 12 percent were a lot higher and that "slower than most states" were "refuses to comply at all," but, hey, let's take what we can get. In the meantime, while we're still catching up, Washington isn't done with us:

The Obama administration wants to add Greek yogurt to school lunch menus.

On Monday, the Department of Agriculture announced it was looking to buy the yogurt for schools participating in a federally assisted program that subsidizes school lunches.

A department official said in a statement that the introduction of Greek yogurt, which is high in protein, was aimed at helping schools offer a variety of healthy foods to kids.

No, no, no, of course I'm not advocating kids eat unhealthy foods. I certainly don't mind if a school system sets up healthy menus, and I'd even listen to the case being made that it should be done at the state level. But the fact that the federal government feels it has the constitutional authority to reach so far down into our lives that it can tell school kids what to eat, and the fact that we let the government get away with it, is a perfect symbol for the federal behemoth being completely out of control.