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‘No free lunch’ Republican bills taxpayers for his food but tells poor kids to work for theirs

By Travis Gettys
Friday, January 10, 2014 13:54 EDT
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Jack Kingston speaks to school children (Flickr/Jack Kingston)
 
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A Georgia Republican who suggested school children do cafeteria work because there’s “no such thing as free lunch” billed thousands of dollars for his own meals to taxpayers.

WSAV-TV found that Rep. Jack Kingston, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, had filed expense reports for as much as $4,182 worth of lunches for his office staff over the past three years.

That could have purchased nearly 2,000 school lunches, reported Talking Points Memo.

Kingston, who opposes the federal school lunch program, drew widespread criticism last month when he suggested children clean school cafeterias or sweep up in exchange for their meals.

“But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about (is), 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?” Kingston said. “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.”

That’s a lesson that Kingston apparently hasn’t learned himself.

In addition to his own taxpayer-funded meals, the station reported, the congressman also received $4,289 in free meals billed to third-party groups such as the Georgia Bankers Association and the Congressional Institute.

WSAV reported that Kingston traveled abroad on congressional business at a taxpayer cost of $24,313, which includes more than just meals, and filed expense reports for $145,391 in meals for campaign events.

Watch this video report posted online by WSAV-TV:

WSAV: News, Weather, and Sports for Savannah, GA

[Image: Jack Kingston speaks to school children (Flickr/Jack Kingston)]

 
 
 
 
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