A Georgia Congressman and Tea Party darling, apparently thinks the poorest of children are getting a free ride and seeks to teach them life lessons by tying their school lunches to free labor.
Republican Congressman Jack Kingston has apparently had enough with child freeloaders and their sense of entitlement to not go hungry during the school day.
While speaking at a Jackson County meeting for the Republican Party, Kingston expressed frustration that federally funded school lunch program, which provides no-cost lunches to underprivileged (poor, primarily minority) students, is sending the wrong message, teaching children that there is indeed such a thing as a “free lunch,” and has now suggested that children be made to sweep the cafeterias in exchange for their daily meals.
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?” Kingston said, adding, “Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria.
His statements on using children as janitors is reflective of statements made by Newt Gingrich back in November of 2011, when he suggested replacing the entire janitorial staff with students as both a cost cutting measure, as well as a means to boost school spirit. Gingrich made the statement during a speech at the Kennedy School Of Business at Harvard, stating,
“Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.”
It would seem that Kingston in this case, is intent to take Newt’s proposal a step further in an effort to demonstrate what a real conservative act like.
The pro-corporate Congressman and Dickensian social-policy enthusiast, is one of eight hardcore conservatives seeking to replace retiring Senator, Saxby Chambliss. As to be expected, Kingston’s most recent campaign finance reports show an ongoing relationship with both tobacco giant Altria, as well as the infamous Koch Industries. Even less surprising than the fact that 75% of his previous campaign contributions came from outside his district, is the relatively consistent voting record he maintains on behalf of his higher dollar contributors.
So, will his suggestion to incorporate child labor into public schools fly with his base? Only time will tell. However in the Georgia GOP candidates; ongoing race to the bottom, Kingston has sworn that he will be the most conservative of them all, and from the look of his website and his statements from Sunday, it’s likely we can expect more regressive proposals as the campaign heats up.
Watch the video of Kingston’s deplorable comments below.