Furthermore I support any programs designed to feed people. Not just children. Letting people starve or go hungry benefits noone. It hurts society. Nothing can push a person to crime like hunger.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
: There is an infuriating article on Yahoo today titled "Lunch Lady Fired After Refusing to Humiliate Students - It's not right!." Apparently in her school district, parents pay for their children's school lunches, and if they haven't kept up on payments - maybe they just don't have the money, or they forgot - the lunches are taken from the children when they reach the cash register, and thrown in the trash as a matter of school policy! The children affected are given a piece of cheese and a slice of bread in lieu of lunch. WTH? Is this what the bottom of the barrel looks like when there are no morals left - punishing children for something they had no control over? (She either paid for the lunches when she could, or just let them have them). This is bull****! She admits she broke a rule she didn't agree with, and she's not going to fight the firing, but is that a reason to fire her...for showing compassion and common sense? Give me a break! This is so disgusting to me that they are throwing food away to make a point, and as for the hungry children - meh! "Let them eat cake!" :
The first is providing a benefit to those kids, whom for whatever reason are not getting the proper food or nutrition at home. If you don't want to act on this for the ethical issues alone, you may consider the practical: we can either deal with these kids when young, helping them get a start towards a life as an educated productive citizen; or we can deal with them as adults when they are at risk to become a drain on social services at best, housed in the criminal justice system at worst. Neither alternatives are cheap - we need these kids to become productive contributors, not lifetime takers. Either way we, as a society, pay. (and we pay more than just financially)
Education (while far from perfect) is statistically the best indicator of one's lifetime earning potential - I'm for doing whatever we can to keep our kids at risk in school, and if that means giving the kids a lunch to keep them there, I'm all for it.
Don't confuse this school lunch program with the myriad of lifetime free means-tested entitlements doled out like candy in this country - I'd cut or curtail many of those in a heartbeat! But school lunch is not one of them; if anything, I'd expand educational opportunities at all levels.
The second issue is providing benefits as mean-tested, which is often done in this country. I'm dead against this, for the most part. There's a whole host of reasons to not provide meant-tested benefits, and I suspect you know many if not most, so I'll simply state that I only want to see benefits (or rights, for that matter) provided equally for all - we don't pick winners or losers in America (or we shouldn't). And this program satisfies this last criteria well.
Last edited by Chomsky; 06-04-15 at 10:28 AM.
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis
The 10 Commandments of Logic - (Courtesy of Abbazorkzog Blog)
Should we feed kids? Will this develop dependence? Shouldn't the parents do more to feed them?
Should we pay more to vet the incomes of recipients? Would that cost outweigh the benefit?
How do we then, control the fraud and waste?
Well, I don't care what it costs, children SHOULD be fed!
A hungry child does not care about politics or even how much their parents work and make. When lunchtime rolls around they are miserable
because their stomach is growling and starting to hurt. That is what hungry children are focused on.
When I grew up my dad left us at the age of 5. My mom did the best she could with what she had. I remember her working her butt off to put food on the table and keep the lights on.
Because her income was so low, we kids qualified for free/reduced lunches and occasionally, breakfasts (when offered)
I can personally attest to the huge value and difference this made in my life!
I know that if I did not have this wonderful benefit my good grades would have not been as good. (It is much easier to learn when you are not hungry)
Children must be fed.
(rabidalpaca: Why, you may ask, is he responding to my post? Because I am WHITE. And...like a lotta other white folk, I was never well-to-do or priviledged! FYI)