No one but the blindest of Democrat voters could possibly think Obama’s attempts to regulate the food industry were about anything other than expanding the size and scope of the federal government. But for those who still hold on to some fantasy where Michelle Obama is the great Anti-Obesity Crusader we’ve been waiting for, this latest story should be enough to disavow that notion.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration finalized a new regulation that will compel American food manufacturers to update their Nutrition Facts. The purpose, as stated, is to give people more information so that they can start making healthier choices at restaurants and grocery stores.

“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” Michelle said in a statement. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”

Well, it will give them information. The question is, will that information really help them?

According to scientists, the answer is no.

A dozen leading nutrition researchers sent a letter to the administration’s Office of Management and Budget, asking the FDA to reconsider the impact of the regulations. According to the letter, the new label was “misleading” and based on guidelines produced without the assistance of any sugar experts. They say that the standards created by the guidelines were done in the absence of “scientific rigor.”

Furthermore, there is a wealth of evidence that suggests that these labels don’t work as intended. People aren’t really reading them, and study after study comes out contradicting the fundamentals of healthy eating anyway. For the federal government to create standards when there’s still so much debate about what exactly qualifies as a healthy diet…well, that’s just meddling for the sake of meddling.

Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad, except that these regulations are expected to cost the food manufacturing industry billions. Money thrown directly into the garbage can, making food more expensive across the board. This is an attack on the economy, wrapped in a pretty pink bow. These labels will help no one, but they will hurt millions.

As for Michelle, she probably never had a chance to make much of a difference. One spokesperson isn’t going to solve the nation’s obesity crisis. That’s fine. But for the president to use her initiative to put even more shackles on private enterprise and personal freedom – that’s not fine.