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Must Stop Evil Food Trucks. Pot Dispensaries Are Okay Though.

William Monning is a man on a mission. Monning, a Democrat representing Carmel, California, is a former professor of conflict resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He also chairs California’s Assembly Health Committee, which apparently wishes to control every business and aspect of your life.

Monning recently proposed a bill to the California legislature requiring food trucks remain 1500 feet away from schools. The current limit is 500 feet.

Monning believes his law will help prevent childhood obesity.

“The reality is the trucks that are coming to the schools are pushing low-cost, sugar-sweetened beverages and high-sodium snacks,” [Monning] said. “The kids aren’t paying $17 for a risotto from a gourmet food truck.”

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“Our effort here is to create a circle of protection for the kids by not allowing the food trucks to park immediately at the … schools,” said Monning

Well, there you have it. Politicians feel they must “protect” people from making choices. Instead of empowering kids to make choices and teaching kids the consequences of those choices, they are taught the decision will be made for them and they’ll like it.

Food trucks have being a growing industry in the country and one not without controversy. For the most part, buying, licensing and selling from a food truck is much less expensive than establishing a restaurant or cafe. There is something that rubs us the wrong way when a food truck parks outside of a restaurant. While it may be within the law, it doesn’t seem right on a moral sense.

But that is not the issue here. Here you have a proposed law requiring food trucks not to be within 1500 feet of a school. The math on this is staggering. As the food truck down the street, the owner operator must be cognizant of that 1500 foot radius surrounding it in which a school may not be located. That is a moving area of over 162 acres.

That is the area of some towns.

But this law also highlights another typical response from the left side of the aisle: when at first your policies fail, do the same thing again, only bigger.

The law is changing the distance a food truck must remain from a school. The original distance was 500 feet. Obviously the idea of keeping food trucks away was a failure so instead of looking at other options or other resolutions, the result is “let’s increase the distance!”

Or, “our control of an area is not big enough. We need to control more space, more business and more choices people can make.”

(How ironic is it that a man who taught “conflict resolution” can only propose a singular response to an alleged problem?)

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, what word applies to doing the same thing over only at a grander scale?”

Let’s play the game of “hangman” for a hint.

This is part of the plan to control people’s lives. At one point in time such a plan may have been seen as wrong and therefore hidden. Now advocates who want to make choices for you are open about it:

The bill is the brainchild of California Food Policy Advocates, a nonpartisan group that lobbies to improve nutrition for low-income residents. Tia Shimada, a representative of the organization, said it is a logical next step, now that sugary sodas have been banned from campus vending machines and schools are adopting healthier cafeteria menus.

What is the “next logical step” after this one? While the California Food Policy Advocates are allegedly non-partisan, one must ask which political group they seem to align with? Democrats who continue to propose choice restricting, freedom restricting laws? Or Republicans who constantly oppose such measures?

IF you are unclear as to the answer, look at the party association of William Monning.

If this proposed law weren’t bizarre enough already, the 1500 foot distance is actually farther than a marijuana dispensary must stay away from a school. You read that right. In California, a business that dispenses marijuana cannot be closer than 600 feet to a school. Food trucks are obviously seen as more of a hazard than drugs.

Where will the lunacy end? When will the people say “enough is enough?”

This bill is a brazen attempt to build upon a failed policy which has not produced the desired results. The idea seems to be, “we didn’t take enough space and freedoms from people, so let’s take even more.”

IF we accept this type of thing with a whimper, we deserve what we get.



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