From the “Oh, What a Big Surprise Department,” comes news that spending billions of taxpayer dollars on “nutrition education” has been a failure.

The Associated Press article makes it clear that about the only thing accomplished was making kids feel good about singing and dancing veggies. Oh, goody. The head of the federal program says, “We’re finding success in things in which we have been able to measure, which are more related to knowledge and skill. It is more difficult for us to identify success in changing children’s eating patterns.”

Yes, it is SO much easier to measure good feelings than it is body fat. And we all know that skillfully recognizing the difference between a carrot and a milkshake are the key to improved lifestyles.

What exactly were they measuring? Since the purpose of the program was to reduce obesity and improve eating habits, one would imagine that they were, um, going to measure reduced obesity and improved eating habits.

But, no, what we see here is another fine example of money being spent for the sake of spending money. Not actually achieving any results, just spending your money.

Apparently, a billion dollars a year can buy a lot of taxpayer-funded pork-fat.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."