Republican Congressman/Senate Hopeful: Poor Kids Should Sweep Floors For Food
Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston, who is seeking to replace retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss, says poor kids who get a free meal at school should either pay something or sweep floors.
“I’m on the Agriculture Committee, we have jurisdiction over the school lunch,” Rep. Jack Kingston explained to the Jackson County Republican Party in a clip obtained by The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel. “School lunch program is very expensive.”
“But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?” he suggested. “Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money.”
“But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch,” Kingston added.