The federal government isn't known for its reticence to spend money on harebrained schemes. Take, for instance, Michelle Obama's recent initiative to try and force schools to provide healthy lunches to children who just ended up throwing the disgusting concoctions away.

But even Michelle's push for healthier lunches pales in comparison with the $166 million that the federal government has recently shelled out to pay for minority-only health programs.

Though Michelle's lunch initiative is caught up in the middle of the spending, a huge portion of the money is going to fund a "culturally and linguistically-appropriate prevention program," as well as a minority-focused study.

The funds are being appropriated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but it's a stretch to imagine how studying "paternal parenting practices" relates at all to our country's agriculture.

Almost $1 million of those federal funds have been sent to the University of Minnesota to fund an 8-week study about how minority fathers can increase their "involvement in positive parenting practices to address youth energy balance-related behaviors."

In short, they're spending a million dollars to figure out how families eat meals in their homes.

It's easy to see, though, that America does need help in cutting back on obesity and increasing healthy habits. But is a federally funded program that's sure to be full of waste and overcalculation really the best means to facilitate this?

The federal government is so far away from the problem that they believe throwing money at obesity and childhood health issues will solve things. That's not how it works, unfortunately.

Obesity and other health challenges are problems that can only be solved at a community and family level. Perhaps this $1 million survey will unearth some groundbreaking new ways to help families deal with obesity, but more than likely it will simply fund a professor's track to tenure at the University of Minnesota.

Stop throwing money around, Washington! It's our money and we want you to use it wisely!

h/t: 100 Percent Fed Up

 

 

 

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