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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, 12:17 PM   #31
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:18 PM   #32
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HCF has an issue with Chinese food. I was just wondering if it would be acceptable.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:23 PM   #33
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Did the article distinguish between campaign related lunches and official office duty lunches? Because campaign lunches are paid for by the campaign and not tax payer dollars.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:26 PM   #34
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Did the article distinguish between campaign related lunches and official office duty lunches? Because campaign lunches are paid for by the campaign and not tax payer dollars.
He's still receiving a meal that he's not paying for himself.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:27 PM   #35
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And per diem allowances are paid for people working while traveling. I guess he could have suggested students get a per diem credit towards the lunch program for services performed in service of the school or community. A community service program of sorts which is exactly what Obama talked about during his first term. Boom. Bipartisan solutions bitches.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:28 PM   #36
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He's still receiving a meal that he's not paying for himself.
Kingston didn't say shit about students getting meals from third parties. WTF should campaign lunches fall into the discussion? I didn't see anything in there about taking any issue with say little Billy's aunt buying Billy a Big Mac. Except for the part where some progressive probably wants to outlaw Big Macs but that's another thread.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:33 PM   #37
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And per diem allowances are paid for people working while traveling. I guess he could have suggested students get a per diem credit towards the lunch program for services performed in service of the school or community. A community service program of sorts which is exactly what Obama talked about during his first term. Boom. Bipartisan solutions bitches.
I think the point here is that a kid shouldn't be forced to work to be able to eat. It's not like the non-poor kids "earned" their lunch either. The only difference is that one parent was able to pay for their freeloading kid and the other wasn't. Why shouldn't the non-poor kids learn the lesson that they need to work to eat?
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:34 PM   #38
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I think the point here is that a kid shouldn't be forced to work to be able to eat. It's not like the non-poor kids "earned" their lunch either. The only difference is that one parent was able to pay for their freeloading kid and the other wasn't. Why shouldn't the non-poor kids learn the lesson that they need to work to eat?
They should have to learn but their parents didn't put them in a position to be wards of the state. Typically household chores fill this void but whatever.
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Kingston didn't say shit about students getting meals from third parties. WTF should campaign lunches fall into the discussion? I didn't see anything in there about taking any issue with say little Billy's aunt buying Billy a Big Mac. Except for the part where some progressive probably wants to outlaw Big Macs but that's another thread.
You brought it up. I thought the issue was getting a lunch provided by someone else that you didn't pay for.
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HCF has an issue with Chinese food. I was just wondering if it would be acceptable.
that is actually untrue.
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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.
Too often personal responsibility is used by lunatic fringe to bludgeon the poor, as they simultaneously absolve CEOs, Wall Street, and corporations "too big to fail" of any real responsibilities for their misdeeds and government handouts.
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Kotter, for fun, back your bullshit up. Describe a few examples of the poor in the US being bludgeoned.
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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
I'd agree with that. And going after school lunches? Really?

As I've said before, I'm definitely in favor of WIC and school lunches. It's definitely not the kids fault the parents can't afford to feed the kid. Particularly when labor laws prohibit children from working.

This guy is an ass and I'm glad he got exposed. Even if he is from the party I'm registered to.
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Kotter, for fun, back your bullshit up. Describe a few examples of the poor in the US being bludgeoned.
Watch the first segment...

http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-epi...lett-johansson

You won't bother to watch it, but in you shock me and do...HCF, for fun, defend the hypocrisy and contradictions Stewart exposed...again.

I won't hold my breath....
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Watch the first segment...

http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-epi...lett-johansson

You won't bother to watch it, but in you shock me and do...HCF, for fun, defend the hypocrisy and contradictions Stewart exposed...again.

I won't hold my breath....
BOOM. Should be the end of the thread.

Or at least of you defending GOP hypocrisy and contradictions on the issue of responsibility.
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