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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, 01:49 PM   #46
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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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Old 01-10-2014, 01:52 PM   #47
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As long as public school is mandatory the "state" needs to pay for ALL OF IT. Lunches, books, etc. You can't force someone to participate in something and then also force them to pay for it... oh wait...

But seriously, I think the essentials like lunches and books should be covered by the state regardless of income.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:12 PM   #48
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:31 PM   #49
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side note, my wife works at a place where she sometimes works on expense reports for the head-cheese.

she said one month, he had $38,000 in expenses. no shit.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:48 PM   #50
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side note, my wife works at a place where she sometimes works on expense reports for the head-cheese.

she said one month, he had $38,000 in expenses. no shit.
That's not unusual if he travels and entertains...
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:00 PM   #51
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BOOM. Should be the end of the thread.

Or at least of you defending GOP hypocrisy and contradictions on the issue of responsibility.
Did you just BOOM your own post 2 minutes after you posted it? Who does that?
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:06 PM   #52
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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 don't think his idea is particularly good, but pointing out that he's earned a job with a pretty generous benefit package doesn't really have anything to do with it. There's certainly no hypocrisy involved. Are you sure you know what words mean?
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:11 PM   #53
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Children are entitled to food, yes. What kind of country would we be otherwise?
If there were no free lunch program and someone came up with an idea for allowing kids from poor families who were at risk of not getting enough to eat at home the chance to help out a little at school in return for free meals, it wouldn't be very controversial IMO. It's not a matter of denying kids food, it's just a matter of providing nutritious meals to needy kids in a different way.
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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, 05:21 PM   #55
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If there were no free lunch program and someone came up with an idea for allowing kids from poor families who were at risk of not getting enough to eat at home the chance to help out a little at school in return for free meals, it wouldn't be very controversial IMO. It's not a matter of denying kids food, it's just a matter of providing nutritious meals to needy kids in a different way.
Older kids maybe but not the younger.
Too, it seems like some sort of caste system would be created where those who had to work the kitchen would be identified negatively.
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Older kids maybe but not the younger.
Too, it seems like some sort of caste system would be created where those who had to work the kitchen would be identified negatively.
Yeah, I don't think kindergartners would be much help anyway.

Your caste system comment is why I don't think it's a particularly good idea, but I'm not sure it's that much different than having kids get food for free when all the other kids have to bring their lunch money.
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BOOM. Should be the end of the thread.

Or at least of you defending GOP hypocrisy and contradictions on the issue of responsibility.
Son, your shit is weak. That was your way to demonstrate your stupid claim? Really? You need to stay in the kids rooms and avoid discussions that involve adults. I halfway expected some real examples and actual effort on your part. If you got this sort of effort from a student you would grade it a D.

Or wait. You would give the lazy little shit an A. Modern teaching says no one fails!!
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is "non-poor" a new PC term? In the new age of class warfare that seems very weak. I would have expected poor kids vs the elite gold plated rich silver spoon children of Republicans.
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I believe his point was that the rich kids' parents paid. From the children's vantage point, rich kids don't have to work but poor kids do. Not because of any action of their own, but dependent on what class of family they were born into.

Kids from lower economic classes have a hard time anyway. I was one growing up. I used to get picked on because I couldn't afford Nike or Reebok shoes, or acid washed jeans, or Hypercolor shirts, or a walkman. I can't imagine having to do poor kid cleanup in front of other kids, just because my single mom was bad with finances.
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