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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, 11:46 AM   #16
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Unless, of course, you're a congressman:

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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.
What a ****ing douchebag. What exactly does he think the non-poor students did to earn their lunch?
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:46 AM   #17
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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.
I see eye to eye with hcf on issue of personal responsibility. I don't extend those views to children however and I don't think hcf does either.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:47 AM   #18
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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...would have been better if it was suggested the parents do the service.
If said parents are unemployed I completely agree, but not if they're working but just barely getting by.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:48 AM   #19
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I see eye to eye with hcf on issue of personal responsibility. I don't extend those views to children however and I don't think hcf does either.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:50 AM   #20
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If said parents are unemployed I completely agree, but not if they're working but just barely getting by.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:51 AM   #21
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It's shit like this that keeps te GOP mired in low approval ratings and uncompetitive in national races. The party shouldn't give one squirt of urine about cheap unimportant programs like this and instead get back to a free market, pro growth agenda with real solutions.


If they continue to dicker around with penny wise but pound foolish nonsense, the electorate will continue to punish them
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:51 AM   #22
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So, to clarify, you are ok with providing food to poor kids without them paying for or doing work to "earn" it?
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:54 AM   #23
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It's shit like this that keeps te GOP mired in low approval ratings and uncompetitive in national races. The party shouldn't give one squirt of urine about cheap unimportant programs like this and instead get back to a free market, pro growth agenda with real solutions.


If they continue to dicker around with penny wise but pound foolish nonsense, the electorate will continue to punish them
A very sensible post from someone who nevertheless continues to obsess over what gay people do.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:56 AM   #24
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So, to clarify, you are ok with providing food to poor kids without them paying for or doing work to "earn" it?

Hell, Id buy your lunch if you needed it
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A very sensible post from someone who nevertheless continues to obsess over what gay people do.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:02 PM   #26
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:03 PM   #27
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What if I like Chinese food?
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Just hot beef injecting a little levity...
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:08 PM   #29
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Fried Rice? General Tso's Chicken?
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