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Old 01-10-2014, 10:01 AM  
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WASHINGTON -- Weeks after Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) made headlines for suggesting low-income students sweep cafeteria floors to learn there's "no such thing as free lunch," Savannah TV station WSAV 3 looked at the "free lunches" Kingston himself has received as a member of Congress.

There's no precise way to count the number of lunches Kingston has enjoyed on taxpayer dollars, but the station took a look at expense reports and disclosures to uncover staggering figures from the congressman's three years in office.

According to the station's investigation, Kingston and his staff have expensed $4,182 worth of "meals for business purposes," and recorded $4,289.33 in free meals from third-party interest groups, including the Congressional Institute and the Georgia Bankers Association.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Kingston has traveled to four continents, racking up $24,313 in per diem allowances. While the allowances were allotted for more than just lunch money, midday meals were included.

When WSAV 3 asked Kingston whether he believes members of Congress "work hard," the congressman "defended his work ethic," saying he works 60 hours to 70 hours a week.

"That's what representative democracy is about, is members going to Washington, but coming home and answering the tough questions," Kingston told the station.

Beyond taxpayer dollars, Kingston has enjoyed many free meals on the campaign trail. WSAV 3 reported $145,391.26 in expensed meals and catering for campaign events, $26,066.45 of which was charged at the Republican Club of Capitol Hill, an exclusive, members only venue.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:04 AM   #2
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To fairly judge this, we'd need to compare it to the rest of congress. We know they are all blood sucking leaches, but how's his "free lunch" compare to the rest of them.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:11 AM   #3
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I wonder how many working lunches I had in 30 years on an expense account.

I'd bet ave 3 a week. 1500 weeks would be like 4500 lunches.

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Old 01-10-2014, 10:19 AM   #4
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To fairly judge this, we'd need to compare it to the rest of congress. We know they are all blood sucking leaches, but how's his "free lunch" compare to the rest of them.
Um, that's not really relevant to the point being made.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:21 AM   #5
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Um, that's not really relevant to the point being made.
It seems to go to the point that expensed lunches don't negate the "no free lunch" strategy as they are part of your job?
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:25 AM   #6
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It seems to go to the point that expensed lunches don't negate the "no free lunch" strategy as they are part of your job?
No, this ****stick suggested kid who receive reduced or free lunches should do community service to "earn" their lunches. Considering all the teeth gnashing over both sides in congress/senate and how they don't do anything, pointing out his hypocrisy was the point.
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I had lunch last week with a client who paid. Dinner one night last week with a supplier who paid. Going to have lunch Monday with another who will pay. And next Wednesday Im taking a client to lunch and will expense against my business.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:29 AM   #8
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No, this ****stick suggested kid who receive reduced or free lunches should do community service to "earn" their lunches. Considering all the teeth gnashing over both sides in congress/senate and how they don't do anything, pointing out his hypocrisy was the point.
I see your point. No question children should be fed. Imho the animosity is directed at those parents that don't feed their kids when they could if they would just get off their ass...would have been better if it was suggested the parents do the service.
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:30 AM   #9
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I see your point. No question children should be fed. Imho the animosity is directed at those parents that don't feed their kids when they could if they would just get off their ass...
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To fairly judge this, we'd need to compare it to the rest of congress. We know they are all blood sucking leaches, but how's his "free lunch" compare to the rest of them.
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I'd bet ave 3 a week. 1500 weeks would be like 4500 lunches.

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Old 01-10-2014, 10:31 AM   #10
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Um, no
Change "is" to "should be".
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We should not expect any individual to do things that would even remotely imply they earned it. It should be given. We are entitled to food.
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Change "is" to "should be".
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:57 AM   #13
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We should not expect any individual to do things that would even remotely imply they earned it. It should be given. We are entitled to food.
Children are entitled to food, yes. What kind of country would we be otherwise?
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Children are entitled to food, yes. What kind of country would we be otherwise?
HCF is the poster boy for the "I Got Mine, Screw the Rest of Ya'all (including the impoverished and children)" faction of the Tea Party Republicans. He'd just as soon see a return to feudalism, as admit the government serves any legitimate function as a safety net.
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HCF is the poster boy for the "I Got Mine, Screw the Rest of Ya'all (including the impoverished and children)" faction of the Tea Party Republicans. He'd just as soon see a return to feudalism, as admit the government serves any legitimate function as a safety net.


Nicely said. Good to see your asshurt driven hyperbole is still intact.
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