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(Talking Points Memo)   "Make kids work for free lunches," says GOP congressman who, it turns out, has expensed $4,200 in lunches himself and received another $4,300 in free meals from lobbyists   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 34
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2014-01-11 01:59:46 PM  
11 votes:
I've resolved myself to the fact that I will absolutely never understand why conservatives pick the battles that they do.  School lunches?  A little kid getting something to eat?  This is the hill this guy chose to die on?  Farking school lunches.  Unreal.
2014-01-11 02:25:18 PM  
8 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: Doctor Funkenstein: I've resolved myself to the fact that I will absolutely never understand why conservatives pick the battles that they do.  School lunches?  A little kid getting something to eat?  This is the hill this guy chose to die on?  Farking school lunches.  Unreal.

Because the echo chamber tells them that whatever crap they say is right.


No doubt, they'll support and double-down on any derp that comes out of one of these guys.  I just can't wrap my head around how they pick their fights in the first place.  At some point, it dawned on this guy that a poor child might get a free meal at school and he decided he was going to vocally oppose that.  The only common theme I can pinpoint is that they pick out groups of people that are likely to have the most difficulties fighting back.  The poor, children, women, gay people, minorities, sick people.  Their only consistency is that the people they choose to kick are already down.  It's disturbing as fark.
2014-01-11 02:37:03 PM  
7 votes:

Doctor Funkenstein: cameroncrazy1984: Doctor Funkenstein: I've resolved myself to the fact that I will absolutely never understand why conservatives pick the battles that they do.  School lunches?  A little kid getting something to eat?  This is the hill this guy chose to die on?  Farking school lunches.  Unreal.

Because the echo chamber tells them that whatever crap they say is right.

No doubt, they'll support and double-down on any derp that comes out of one of these guys.  I just can't wrap my head around how they pick their fights in the first place.  At some point, it dawned on this guy that a poor child might get a free meal at school and he decided he was going to vocally oppose that.  The only common theme I can pinpoint is that they pick out groups of people that are likely to have the most difficulties fighting back.  The poor, children, women, gay people, minorities, sick people.  Their only consistency is that the people they choose to kick are already down.  It's disturbing as fark.


They're saying what will get them votes.  I promise you, whatever is going on, this guy has no interest in anything but making people afraid of it, and telling them who they can blame for their lot in life.

This is a Republican white guy from Savannah.  Which is solidly African-American (55%), and wasn't until relatively recently.  Which means there are lots of terrified old white people there, who for the most part vote Republican, because the GOP are "on their side".  Kingston has framed this as a debate on the work ethic in America (translation: don't let those lazy, welfare-collecting blacks take any more of your money).  Believe it or not, there are lots of peckerwoods who honestly think that free school lunch is just another handout to black children whose mothers would rather collect welfare than work, and The Gummint is giving away everything to the blacks while bleeding the whites dry.

Seriously - this is so full of dog whistles, I don't know where to start.
2014-01-11 01:30:58 PM  
7 votes:

RobertBruce: You mean at his job. He is working for them.


A child's job is to go to school.
2014-01-11 06:14:01 PM  
5 votes:
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2014-01-11 05:11:14 PM  
3 votes:
FTFA: WSAV also found that Kingston also racked up $4,289 of free meals paid for by third-party groups like the Georgia Bankers Association and the Congressional Institute.

Send them the bill for a year's worth of school lunches. If they can buy a legislator they can buy a schoolkid a meal.
2014-01-11 01:28:41 PM  
3 votes:
He gets paid a salary, like all the rest of us, and can pay for his meals that way. Do you get to expense your meals in your own office?
2014-01-11 01:19:23 PM  
3 votes:
A Republican lacking in self-awareness? Should this have a newsflash tag?
2014-01-11 11:34:48 PM  
2 votes:
School breakfast and lunch should be free to all public school students regardless of parent income.
2014-01-11 08:12:48 PM  
2 votes:

Mugato: ELKAY: I wouldn't be opposed to having children work around the cafeteria, but not singling out the free lunch kids. I think all kids should have little chores to do. Have kids take turns wiping down the table or doing a little sweeping.

That's farking retarded.


I agree with cleaning being retarded, but I could see one thing kids can do. Help the cafeteria staff with the actual cooking(no knife use, obviously) for maybe like..30 mins a week or some such. And I mean all the kids, not just the free lunch ones.

Why? Two reasons.

One, unlike sweeping, cooking actually is a useful life skill. Two, if they get an appreciation for cooking early in life, it increases the chance of them doing more cooking and less eating at McDonald's later in life.

That being said, I would be incredibly hesitant to suggest this as an actual policy, because someone will figure out how to abuse it.
2014-01-11 07:42:39 PM  
2 votes:
www.esquire.com
"At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, ... it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."
"Are there no prisons?"
"Plenty of prisons..."
"And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
"Both very busy, sir..."
"Those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."


/It's amazing how Republicans love A Christmas Carol but  completely miss the farking point of it.
//The same goes for their understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
///Honestly, when you embrace the idea that charity must be earned, you're an asshole who will go down in history as a selfish villain.
2014-01-11 07:40:21 PM  
2 votes:

Mugato: ELKAY: I wouldn't be opposed to having children work around the cafeteria, but not singling out the free lunch kids. I think all kids should have little chores to do. Have kids take turns wiping down the table or doing a little sweeping.

That's farking retarded.


why? I think doing chores gives the kids pride in their school. Japanese school children do it. Heck, at a Catholic school I worked at kids would take turns wiping down the table after lunch. Kids would beg to be able to get an extra turn. They loved it and took pride in their work. If it was kid's turn to clean up after lunch you could threaten to skip his turn as a punishment and he would straighten out.

/ singling out the free lunch kids to do chores is cruel, but giving the children an oppurtunity to work and take pride in that work builds charactor
2014-01-11 07:39:43 PM  
2 votes:
When did the "party of personal responsibility"TM become the "party of do as I say not as I do"?
2014-01-11 07:30:02 PM  
2 votes:

ELKAY: I wouldn't be opposed to having children work around the cafeteria, but not singling out the free lunch kids. I think all kids should have little chores to do. Have kids take turns wiping down the table or doing a little sweeping.


That's farking retarded.
2014-01-11 06:51:34 PM  
2 votes:
Republicans have never met a double standard they didn't like.
2014-01-11 06:05:52 PM  
2 votes:
Given that he voted against increasing the work week of reps from 3 whole days to 5, that lazy sack of crap sounds like a typical Republican.
2014-01-11 04:01:46 PM  
2 votes:

RobertBruce: You mean at his job. He is working for them.


If by "working for them", you mean whoring himself out to lobbyists?
2014-01-12 10:58:55 AM  
1 votes:

grimlock1972: Of course doing all of that requires getting republicans to understand if we want nice things like good schools that give our kids educations on par with those of other 1st world countries we have to spend the money to do it right.


Republicans don't want to "do it right" or "give our kids educations on par with those of other 1st world countries." 

Republicans aren't aiming for a country in which the best and brightest children can rise to the top and lead our nation to greatness. They're aiming for a country in which the children of the wealthiest ALREADY get the best education money can buy, and no other children have even half a chance to potentially outshine their precious darlings.

Republicans are for an entrenched aristocracy, not a meritocracy. Preservation of the incumbents in the nation's seats of wealth and power is their goal.
2014-01-12 04:25:49 AM  
1 votes:

Misconduc: Last year a republican in my area came up with an idea - raise taxes by half a cent and that money goes to pay for school lunches and buses. Want to guess who shot that idea down without even hearing it? yep Democrats. half a cent which would cover gas and food for schools. Most school districts here are running negative because they can't afford the fuel costs. They took away the lunch share program because it was costing to much.


What was the rest of the bill?
It wasn't as simple as that. When the GOP floats shiat like that there's something else on the bill that they expect you to take up the ass.
2014-01-11 09:49:30 PM  
1 votes:

quatchi: When did the "party of personal responsibility"TM become the "party of do as I say not as I do"?


January 20, 1969.
2014-01-11 09:31:34 PM  
1 votes:
Why stop there?  Let's just stop all free lunches and reopen up the sweatshops and workhouses.  Get rid of any child-labor laws and the little a**holes can pay for their own food, right?

These sort of people make me sick.

/got free lunches in school
//single mother with three children household
///now I'm well educated upper middle class and play a lot in taxes
////so other kids like me can get a free lunch
2014-01-11 08:45:00 PM  
1 votes:

Misconduc: cameroncrazy1984: Misconduc: cameroncrazy1984: Misconduc: Last year a republican in my area came up with an idea - raise taxes by half a cent and that money goes to pay for school lunches and buses. Want to guess who shot that idea down without even hearing it? yep Democrats.

Oh yeah, that totally happened.

I live in Florida, any questions?

Yeah, you got a news article supporting any of that assertion?

No, it was on TV yesterday, if you live in Florida watch WUSF  Public access TV.


I'm not sayin' your story sound like bs. . .  But your story sounds like bs.
2014-01-11 07:40:26 PM  
1 votes:

Mugato: ELKAY: I wouldn't be opposed to having children work around the cafeteria, but not singling out the free lunch kids. I think all kids should have little chores to do. Have kids take turns wiping down the table or doing a little sweeping.

That's farking retarded.


It's also a Newt Gingrich talking point, nearly word-for-word.

So likely troll is likely.
2014-01-11 07:21:05 PM  
1 votes:

Supes: Okay, well this guy is a major league douche, but "$4,182 worth of lunches for his office over the past three years" honestly isn't that much. Wow, $4/day.


That's using 365 days. Congress critters work less than half that.

Oh, and I think school lunches are less than $2/day
2014-01-11 07:17:43 PM  
1 votes:

Supes: Okay, well this guy is a major league douche, but "$4,182 worth of lunches for his office over the past three years" honestly isn't that much. Wow, $4/day.


Congressmen don't work every day. In fact, they're off for about 3-4 months a year, and usually only work 4 days a week, taking the weekends off to go back to their districts (2 days in the district, 1 day for travel). It comes out to more than $4 a day.

And it's still far above the average $2.50 a day school lunch.
2014-01-11 07:11:33 PM  
1 votes:
I wouldn't be opposed to having children work around the cafeteria, but not singling out the free lunch kids. I think all kids should have little chores to do. Have kids take turns wiping down the table or doing a little sweeping.
2014-01-11 05:57:54 PM  
1 votes:
Whoring yourself out to lobbyists isn't "free".  He had to work for those lunches.
2014-01-11 04:53:00 PM  
1 votes:

Mike_LowELL: Speaker2Animals: OK, since that didn't work, care to share the name of the "Republican in my area" at least?

LOL.  What is it with you liberals and evidence?  Evidence is nothing more than a series of well-researched facts.  Evidence doesn't prove anything.  If you actually had an opinion worth hearing out, you wouldn't have to rely on evidence all the time.




Never change man. Never. Change.
2014-01-11 04:42:02 PM  
1 votes:

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Thanks a lot asshole.. how the fark am I supposed to get my sarcasm meter repaired on a weekend?


You shouldn't need one, because I am the most unbiased person on this forum.
2014-01-11 04:01:45 PM  
1 votes:

RobertBruce: You mean at his job. He is working for them.


How can you call what those people do "work"?
2014-01-11 02:27:38 PM  
1 votes:

Doctor Funkenstein: I've resolved myself to the fact that I will absolutely never understand why conservatives pick the battles that they do.  School lunches?  A little kid getting something to eat?  This is the hill this guy chose to die on?  Farking school lunches.  Unreal.


Last year a republican in my area came up with an idea - raise taxes by half a cent and that money goes to pay for school lunches and buses. Want to guess who shot that idea down without even hearing it? yep Democrats. half a cent which would cover gas and food for schools. Most school districts here are running negative because they can't afford the fuel costs. They took away the lunch share program because it was costing to much.

I'm getting sick of this tug of war in politics, assclowns can't agree on anything unless its in their party. Half a penny and poverty struck kids can get a farking meal at lunch time. Fark republicans and democrats.
2014-01-11 01:50:52 PM  
1 votes:

RobertBruce: You mean at his job. He is working for them.


A kid's job is..what again?
2014-01-11 01:38:41 PM  
1 votes:

RobertBruce: You mean at his job. He is working for them.


Nice spin.  You getting a paycheck on that yourself?
2014-01-11 01:22:51 PM  
1 votes:
You mean at his job. He is working for them.
 
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