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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 01-12-2014, 01:48 PM   #151
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is that a feeble attempt to be humorous? I think I've been fairly on target with my stance~
I didn't like being poor so I did shit about it but that makes me the chump. Live and learn.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:14 PM   #152
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Yes. Worked the neighborhood for jobs. Raking leaves, lawn mowing, shoveling snow, dog walking, shit like that from the time I was about 8 years old. But apparently I'm wrong and the ****ing loser for it.
RaiderH8r heading to school after working the night shift in the coal mine to earn his lunch money.

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Old 01-12-2014, 02:29 PM   #153
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RaiderH8r heading to school after working the night shift in the coal mine to earn his lunch money.

Like I said, I'm the chump for earning.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:42 PM   #154
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The two neighborhood kids across the street shovel snow for extra money, mow yards and have a paper route to earn extra cash much like I did growing up. Effort is paying off as they are saving for things they want and their parents have them put a percent into their own savings account.

They see the money adding up and it motivates them to keep at it. Plus they earn good grades in school and they also do miscellaneous chores free of charge not asked of them for the neighborhood. Praise, admiration and respect is another and perhaps most important thing they receive, I believe it gives them life lessons and an excellent work ethic for adulthood.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:58 PM   #155
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Seriously, who wasn't doing odd jobs around the neighborhood at that age to pick up some walking cash? I know I'm not the only one.
Did you pay for your school lunches with your walking cash or did your parents pay for your lunches?
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:54 PM   #156
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Did you pay for your school lunches with your walking cash or did your parents pay for your lunches?
I usually paid.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:57 PM   #157
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Back to the issue here: the GOP didn't reject the extension, they wanted it paid for with cuts in other spending. I don't see why the Left can't understand the distinction here.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:28 PM   #158
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The two neighborhood kids across the street shovel snow for extra money, mow yards and have a paper route to earn extra cash much like I did growing up. Effort is paying off as they are saving for things they want and their parents have them put a percent into their own savings account.

They see the money adding up and it motivates them to keep at it. Plus they earn good grades in school and they also do miscellaneous chores free of charge not asked of them for the neighborhood. Praise, admiration and respect is another and perhaps most important thing they receive, I believe it gives them life lessons and an excellent work ethic for adulthood.
This is all wonderful and I don't recall anyone in this thread being against a kid doing chores or yard work to make some money. But your description here is almost a joke in a thread about parents who can't afford to pay for their kids to buy a school lunch.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:30 PM   #159
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I usually paid.
Thanks. I mowed lawns with my dad starting around 8-9 years of age but my parents always paid for my school lunches. I agree with others though that if the parent's can't afford it than school\government should.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:47 PM   #161
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This is all wonderful and I don't recall anyone in this thread being against a kid doing chores or yard work to make some money. But your description here is almost a joke in a thread about parents who can't afford to pay for their kids to buy a school lunch.

cosmo is in the thread it should be negative and depressing my bad.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:54 PM   #162
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8. The rule was if I wanted school lunch I had to buy it otherwise pack my own.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:18 PM   #163
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I didn't like being poor so I did shit about it but that makes me the chump. Live and learn.
Stop with the ****ing victim bullshit for ****s sake. Your self described hardworking childhood is nothing more than normal everyday tasks. I also grew up poor and worked hard for everything I have. I have never taken a dime I didn't earn. I also believe we have a problem with dependency in this country. To think we need to teach poor kids a lesson is absurd. I want hungry kids fed and want their school to be a place where they feel welcome and are enlightened to the possibility of breaking the cycle of poverty. You sound bitter and angry. I hope you found a hot wife to take to your reunion~
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All I know is I walked to school and back uphill both ways in snow to my ass. Things were tough in the old days and everyone else is a candyass. RNR and Raider…..lets go have a beer.
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