By Bill O'Reilly
In Raeford, North Carolina, 85 miles south of Raleigh, a 4-year-old recently brought her lunch to school. The meal consisting of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and chips. That's the kind of lunch I eat.
But the school official believed the meal violated the U.S. Department of Agricultural guidelines and so school authorities gave the girl additional food, chicken nuggets and charged her mother a buck and a half... a buck and a quarter I should say for the nuggets. After the fuss became public the school dropped the charge.
Now, think about this. The Feds are providing nutrition guidelines to schools. Ok. No problem with that. Guidelines can be good. But now the schools are interpreting those guidelines pretty much any way they want.
A turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and chips is fine. Not a bad lunch. Is the 4-year-old training for the Olympics? Come on.
Last week we reported the Obama administration's expansion of the federal government is now intruding on your life, my life, everybody's life.
The Feds are controlling health care delivery, energy delivery, even telling religions what kind of birth control vices they have to pay for. Social engineering is simply getting out of control. Authorities in North Carolina are now retreating because they know they can't justify what they did.
But it's not really about foolish bureaucrats. It's about mandates. There's no question that liberal Americans want a giant colossus in Washington to tell us how to live. They want to regulate income, they want to regulate education, what kind of car you drive. How you heat your house. What kind of food you eat. It never ends.
And the sad part is that most Americans have no clue because the liberal media will not report what's happening. I guarantee you, guarantee you, you have not heard this North Carolina story on any network newscast. After we do it they might pick it up, maybe.
Americans better to begin to wise up, I have nothing personal against Barack Obama but the President certainly is a nanny state champion. There's no question about it.
And right now the President is leading in all the polls against Romney, Santorum or Gingrich. So Americans are basically saying you know what? We're ok with the nanny state. We want four more years of it. Believe me, if this continues, you're not going to recognize this country in four years.
And that's "The Memo."
Pinheads & Patriots.
The annual Westminster Kennel Show has wrapped up here in New York City. The top dog this year, roll the tape.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Best in Show, at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club, America's dog show, is the Pekinese.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Pekinese. A hundred and 14 bests in the show. This is number 114, Malachy.
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O'REILLY: It's not a real dog. That's a machine. All right, now Malachy is four years old, already a grandfather. The little hair ball is all patriot for winning the big show.