Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to keep the holiday spirit alive—you know, by caring for those in need and setting a shining example of kindness and compassion in all you do.
Unless, of course, you are Republican representative Jack Kingston of Georgia, whose compassion follows the Dickensian model of Ebenezer Scrooge. A few weeks ago he came up with what he thought was a splendid idea. One that would teach those poor unfortunate
spongers innocent children the value of a dollar.
In other words, his proposal was for poor
spongers innocent children to earn their “free lunch” by doing some kind of manual labor in their schools.
That’s right, this sanctimonious jerk is so incensed that poor innocent children be given food to help them learn and grow that he expects them to work for it.
He’s blaming children for being poor.
“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,” this good Samaritan said. “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.”
Wow. Just wow.
I sincerely doubt that a hungry 6-year-old, whose parents are struggling to find a job paying a living wage, would do a good job sweeping up after her classmates. Not only is it ludicrous to ask a child to do a “job” in his or her school, but it would be utterly humiliating, thumping down a cruel, clear line dividing the haves and the have-nots.
Kingston’s disgusting assumption that poor = sponging off your tax dollars is ridiculously naïve. I suggest he spend a week of his holiday vacation time working at a minimum-wage job so he can get a better idea of what it’s like to be poor.
Although he already is…where it counts.