Monday, May 23, 2011
A lot of healthy eating activists are taking aim at McDonalds and asking them to retire Ronald McDonald. They think he unfairly advertises to children.
The truth is that these activists will always go after McDonalds about something. If Ronald goes away, they will target happy meals next. They just don't like McDonalds.
But McDonalds is a successful business that makes lots of money for its shareholders by giving people what they want. Who are a few activists to tell millions of Americans that you can't be trusted to pick your own restaurant, so we'll go after McDonalds to protect you?
When San Francisco banned Happy Meal toys, my wife thought that's a good thing, because my son always wants Happy Meals, and sometimes I give in. But I told her that is completely wrong. I am the parent - it is my issue if I give in to my son. Parents should not be hiding behind the government because they can't say no to their children.
Having a few "experts" deciding which business are worthy sounds like Communism and central planning. It's doomed to fail (while capitalism is very robust and adaptable) because millions of "average" minds are collectively better at determining markets than a "smart" few.