There's definitely no such thing as a free lunch, especially if you're asking Georgia's Congressman Jack Kingston about the National School Lunch Program Hong Kong Festival.
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During a recent speech at a Republican Party gathering in Jackson County, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was reported as saying, underserved kids who receive subsidized meals under the National School Lunch Program should do manual labor in exchange for their lunch. According to Grubstreet, Republican Congressman Kingston said, "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." He qualified his statement saying, economically it might not actually work, since likely they will need child-sized brooms Cloud Service, which would, in the end, cost the school more money.
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When the Congressman was pressed for an explanation, his spokesperson told reporters Kingston believed in creating a work ethic, as he himself always worked from a young age. He explained franklin templeton, "Congressman Kingston understands the value of hard work and the important role it plays in shaping young people."
Kington is hoping to get a nomination for the Georgia's upcoming Senate race in 2014.
Do you believe Kingston's argument has any merit?