Not done yet...
Looking around at the other sites that have taken on the free lunch topic, I've seen these comments:
I expect poor people to not have kids if they can't afford them.
If you're so friggin' irresponsible that you can't feed your child - you shouldn't be a parent. You ought to be jailed.
if you can't afford to buy the things to make your child lunch, then the child has much larger problems than that meal. Those people shouldn't be parents.
I'll go so far to say that if you can't feed your own kids, you ought to be jailed for gross negligience.
My issue is not poverty, but the lack of priorites you'll find with these "dead beat families." Their financial irresponsibilty is not my problem.
Just simply say "I wouldn't do it again now that I have more information" and we conservatives will be satisfied.
The SIMPLE AND FAIR SOLUTION would be to give all public school children - rich or poor - the choice for a free lunch or a refund for unused meals. But i suppose then nobody would have the vaunted "badge of shame" to bash evil rich conservatives?
"Why should my taxes pay to feed a child whose mother who is too lazy too work or keep her legs closed? "
And on and on.
How do you debate rationally with people who think like that? Should one even try? Is this what the far right is thinking these days?
I am in complete awe at the smug, self-centered, arrogant, nasty vitriol that has been thrown around on this subject. We've gone from debating about taxpayer's money and tuna sandwiches to telling women to keep their legs closed.
I'm just wondering why so many of the comments from males center around what the female half of the parents of these kids have done wrong to get into such a situation. Defend yourselves, please. Tell me why so much of the plight of a low-income family has come down on the shoulders of the women of the household?
And what is with the Vaunted Badge of Shame? Is this something I should have received in the mail from my local Congressman? Should I have been wearing it all these years so people look at me and know at a glance that I should be pitied for my past? Damn, I always miss out on the good things. Would someone make me a badge, please? I feel really left out.