Suffer the children to come unto me and I will hand them a broom and a dustpan
Tired of picking and losing fights with the wimmens and the gheys, conservatives have decided that their best chance to notch one in the win column is to throw down with hungry children because, really, if you can’t successfully slap around a malnourished kid with the rickets, you might as well tear up your man card and sit around all day drinking arugula lattes and watching Ellen. Here is Georgia Republican Jack Kingston (R-Hunger Games) who wants the painfully-thin little freeloading bastards to put some skin in the game:
On Saturday, Kingston, who is vying to be his party’s nominee in Georgia’s Senate race next year, spoke at a meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party about the federal school lunch program.
Under that program, children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty line are eligible for free meals. Students from families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level can receive lunches at reduced prices.
But on Saturday, Kingston came out against free lunches, saying that children should have to pay at least a nominal amount or do some work like sweeping cafeteria floors.
“But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch,” he said.
When asked if Rep. Kingston was aware that people could hear him actually saying these things out loud using his mouth instead of using his inside-my-head-crazy-voice, Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford asked why all you haters gotta be hatin':
“It is sad that trying to have a productive conversation about instilling a strong work ethic in the next generation of Americans so quickly devolves into the usual name-calling partisan hysteria. Having worked from a young age himself, Congressman Kingston understands the value of hard work and the important role it plays in shaping young people.”
It should be noted that Jack Kingston:
…. was born April 24, 1955 in Bryan, Texas, the son of Martha Ann (née Heddens) and Albert James Kingston, Jr., a widely published University professor who co-founded the National Reading Conference.
Which means he grew up living on a diet of sandwiches made up of book paste smeared on discarded Dewey Decimal cards as well as sorrow and despair, so don’t you feel bad for him now? Well you should because it was a hard knock life. And so very very quiet.
If you’re one of those misguided souls who thinks no child should attend school hungry because:
Nutritional deficiencies prior to school entry have the potential to impact upon cognitive outcomes in school-aged and adolescent children. For instance, clinical research has found an association between early life vitamin B12 deficiency and reduced scores on cognitive tests in adolescence.
Children with nutritional deficiencies are particularly susceptible to the moment-to-moment metabolic changes that impact upon cognitive ability and performance of the brain. Treatment with nutritional supplements can result in improved performance. Among the well-nourished, augmentation of nutrient intake has less of an impact on cognitive performance.
Maintaining adequate levels of glucose throughout the day contributes to optimizing cognition, suggesting that nutritional intake should be designed to sustain an adequate level of glucose and to minimize fluctuations between meals.
Nutrition, particularly in the short-term, is believed to impact upon individual behavior, (e.g. concentration, activity levels). These behaviors have the potential to affect school performance and interaction with peers, and to compromise self-esteem. For example, lack of thiamin (Vitamin B) in the diet appears to have causal relationship with behavioral problems in adolescents, such as irritability, aggressive behavior and personality changes.
… well, if you think that then you’re probably hungry and not thinking right. Try the veal.
When you get a new pet what is the first thing you do to try to bond with it, you want to be the one to feed it right? You don’t want anybody else feeding that new puppy or kitten because you know that that puppy and kitten will bond with you first…
So it’s just like ACORN only instead of registering kids to vote, you feed them so they don’t have to live on acorns scrounged from the dirt as well as on sorrow and despair and then they just end up growing up to become heartless dickholes like Jack Kingston.
And nobody wants that…