Fresh off his “there’s no such thing as free lunch” for school children speech, it’s been revealed that Rep. Jack Kingston gets quite a few free lunches of his own.
Georgia Republican Jack Kingston made headlines a few weeks ago after he suggested that low-income school children should sweep the floors of their school cafeteria to learn a valuable lesson: there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
“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? 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,” Kingston said. “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.”
But Kingston, who defended his proposal as a “discussion about the work ethic in America,” is no stranger to free lunches. An investigation by Savannah TV station WSAV 3 found that Kingston, who is currently running for Senate, expensed as much as $4,182 worth of lunches for his office over the past three years. The anti-federal lunch program poster boy also expensed $145,391 worth of meals for campaign events as well as $24,313 in per diem “walking around money” costs travelling as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Even though Kingston doesn’t sweep the cafeteria floor before he eats, he feels his free lunches are justified. The congressman “defended his work ethic” to WSAV 3, saying he works 60 hours to 70 hours a week. So to sum up Jack Kingston’s free lunch philosophy, poor children should have to spend 60-70 hours per week cleaning up after the rich kids in the cafeteria in order to earn their bologna sandwich.
Via: Talking Points Memo