Monday, December 5th, 2016

Is that Ronald McDonald sliding down our chimney to escape the toy ban?

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This week at the MacIver Institute, a look at Superior’s version of the Burgermeister Meisterburger.

In Superior, WI, City Councilor Greg Mertzig wants to pry the toys out of your tots’ kids meals at fast food restaurants just in time for Christmas. Mertzig is proposing copying the ordinance recently passed in San Francisco that would ban the inclusion of toys in kids’ meals at fast food restaurants that have 600 calories, 10 percent fat and or have any trans fats.

The City Council will meet Tuesday to consider Mertzig’s proposal. The Council could decide to send the proposal to committee, have it drafted into an ordinance, or reject the idea completely. With any luck, a stop-action Chris Kringle will speak on behalf of the toy giveaways and leave Mertzig some coal.

In an interview Sunday, Mertzig claimed he is not anti-business and he is not anti-McDonalds. Mertzig sees the matter as a national security issue. Military recruiters are having a hard time recruiting physically fit young people, a symptom of what some have described as an “Obesity Epidemic” affecting our country’s youth.

In other words, if there’s a yo-yo nestled among the chicken nuggets, the terrorists will have won.

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