The Forest Service recently put out some helpful tips for roasting marshmallows in order to make yummy treats, like s’mores, while camping. As innocuous as this little tip may sound, it’s apparently a transgression of epic proportions in the eyes of California Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy because the Forest Service is a…GASP…federal agency.
In response to the Forest Service’s tasty tip, McCarthy ranted on the California House floor:
“I don’t know if you caught this, but last Friday the Forest Service published an article about how to roast marshmallows. Tips included using a roasting stick of at least 30 inches in length and substituting fruit for the chocolate and slices of angel food cake for graham crackers. This perfectly captures what is wrong with our government. Hard-earned tax dollars supporting bureaucrats who can’t pass up an opportunity to tell us how to live our lives.”
Really? Exactly how are mere suggestions the same as “bureaucrats who can’t pass up an opportunity to tell us how to live our lives?” The Forest Service’s post doesn’t even read that way; Kevin McCarthy is just offended by anything and everything the government does (why is he a U.S. Representative, again?).
He failed to mention that the Forest Service also gives parents the following advice about how to make treats that are a little healthier than traditional s’mores:
“But there are some innovative ways to roast the little white treats that can help cut down on the amount of sugar intake by the kids, thus making bedtime a little more doable.
Even if the kids – including us older ones – insist on more traditional s’mores, there are some healthy tricks. Grill thin slices of pineapple and substitute chocolate for the sweet, warm fruit. You will still get a tasty treat but by substituting with fruit, it is healthier – as long as you watch the amount of marshmallows used. If you want to cut down even more on calories, try using slices of angel food cake instead of graham crackers.”
Nowhere does the Forest Service’s post say parents should use these alternatives. Nowhere does it tell them that they must do anything at all, and nowhere does it imply that anybody’s a bad person for not following their advice. In fact, the whole post boils down to this: “If you’re looking for new twists on old campfire treats, how about these?” The horror!
Kevin McCarthy has just exemplified a major problem with today’s Republican Party. They’re so up in arms about “Big Government” that everything offends them. I think it’s time for the GOP to stop truly wasting the taxpayers’ time and money with these over-the-top reactions...and get to work for the American people.
h/t: Chicago Sun-Times