Reading, Writing, and A Reuben

Katy Grimes: Reading, Writing and a Reuben sandwich is now part of the California public school curriculum, because dinner is served.

Better than your own butler or personal chef, public school kids are getting three squares a day at school, but are flunking basic math, and English-as-a-second-language.

Who needs a mommy when there is a public school down the street?

Hungry Kids Can’t Learn

The only institutions that serve three meals a day are prisons and military barracks. While America’s public schools may look like prisons, hunger as a criminal offense seems to be catching on.

Government officials love to repeat the phrase, “hungry kids can’t learn.” There are even government programs with this title.  Picking up the banner, President Barack Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which authorizes funding and sets policy for some of the USDA’s child nutrition programs: the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

According to the state Department of Education, 228 California schools are already participating in the new program.

“This is an historic victory for our nation’s youngsters,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said when Obama signed the law in December 2010. But what was deemed historic for children, is also historic for parents. With public schools providing all of the resources of boarding schools, prisons and barracks, why would children ever need to leave?

And, America’s children are becoming conditioned to expect that everything in life is provided by the government.

Advocates of the additional government-school meal say that the dinner is important to “curb hunger in kids” who use the after-school day care.

The USDA now oversees the school breakfast program, lunch program, snack program, Summer Meal program, Child and Adult Care meal program, special milk program, and now the school dinner program. What’s next – the personal chef program? What about vegan kids – don’t vegan kids count?

It’s A Crime To Be Hungry

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, is on a mission to curb childhood obesity. And the way to do it, according to the Obama administration, is to feed kids more meals at school. Kids are either overweight, or they are starving – which is it?

In America, it is now a crime to be hungry. Judging by the girth of today’s school children, far more emphasis is put on hunger and food consumption than on exercise or overall health.

My son used after-school day care programs throughout elementary school. But we got up early enough to eat breakfast at home, we packed his lunch, and included enough food to get him through the day until I picked him up.  And sometimes he was hungry.

Now kids go to school, get fed three meals a day, have an after-school babysitter, and want for nothing.

Double-Dipping Obama Style

What doesn’t make sense about the government provided school meals, is that the program states the meals are for students who qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches. Aren’t their parents already receiving money from the government for food? Those who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches are on government assistance and receive food stamps.

Adding a dinner meal at school, for children whose parents qualify for government assistance, is double-dipping. Double dipping is already a big problem in government employment. With public schools getting into the game, the double-dipping is more insidious, and harder to track. Obama signed one more giant entitlement into law, when he signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Follow The Money Motive

The motive for these additional school meals is not to feed hungry children. There are already many government programs for hungry Americans. The motive is to create a need for additional school employees. With dinner now on the school menu, school cafeterias will need more staff. And those cafeteria employees are members of the Service Employees International Union.

“A more robust expansion of school lunch, breakfast, summer feeding, child care and WIC (the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program) is critical to reducing hunger, ending childhood obesity and providing fair wages and healthcare for front line food service workers (emphasis added),” SEIU Executive Vice President Mitch Ackerman said, reported Michelle Malkin in February 2010.

“There are 400,000 workers who prepare and serve lunch to American schoolchildren. SEIU represents tens of thousands of those workers and is trying to unionize many more. ‘More robust expansion’ of the federal school-lunch law means a mandate for higher wages, increased benefits and government-guaranteed health insurance coverage,” Malkin wrote.

It’s never really about the children, but they are a very convenient prop.

The federal government already spends $15 billion a year on nutrition in public schools.  One-third of the children and teens in America are now overweight or obese – it is a growing health problem, and is only going to get worse. With more government spending on school meals, and more people expecting entitlements from the government, America’s sheeple are thriving.

FEB. 23, 2012



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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 23 February, 2012, 15:36

    There must be some way to find out how much the state spends on food and food servers for K-12. It has to be in the $billions$. What about those families that get food stamps? If their kids are getting free meals at school is the family’s food stamp allotment reduced? If not, why not? I thought schools were established to deliver education. Why are they also in the food and babysitting business?

    This is totally bizarre to me. The elementary and high school I went to did not serve food. There were no cafeterias. All of us had to pack our own lunches or go to the local burger joint at lunch time and buy a hamburger and cola out of pocket. Otherwise we went hungry. And 80% of the kids from my HS went on to college. Nobody starved.

    Is it any wonder that the state is bankrupt?

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  2. Bob
    Bob 23 February, 2012, 15:54

    It’s a very smart strategy by the unions and DemoNcrats.

    They use the children to increase their power base in every possible way.

    And by indocrinating government dependence into children they lock in a future voting block.

    And the DemoNcrats and unions know if they wail at the tops of their lungs long enough “It’s fer da childern” they can get away with almost anything they want as the sheeple will eat it up nearly everytime.

    Just look at the First 5 insanity in Colliefornia, as Ahnode sez. Yes, the state has gone to the dogs.

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  3. Bob
    Bob 23 February, 2012, 16:00

    “Why are they also in the food and babysitting business?”

    Not to worry, Mr. Bub. These kids will do just fine. They will grow up and work for First 5 or other gummit agencies teaching pregnant teens belly dancing. Or these kids can always do “consulting work” for the gummit where they earn $200 an hour listening to the radio. Just a typical day in Colliefornia.

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  4. Bob
    Bob 23 February, 2012, 16:06

    This one’s for you, Mr. Bub.

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  5. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 23 February, 2012, 16:15

    Check this out if you want….it’s totally factual.

    The Santa Ana Unified School District provides free meals to all their students regardless of their family’s income level. The family could be in the $150k plus income bracket and their kids still eat for free on the taxpayer’s dime. True story.

    Now imagine if you walked onto a SAUSD campus and got in the cafeteria line to eat. No doubt a school administator or a guard would stop you and ask you if you were authorized to eat at the school. If you said something like “Everybody else is eating for free. I’m paying for it. I want my free meal too” – they would call the cops and have you arrested.

    See, if you are not a club member you are not entitled to the freebies – however you must still finance the freebies for those who do belong to the club regardless of their income brackets.

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  6. Bob
    Bob 23 February, 2012, 16:18

    Mr. Bub, you have nailed the essence of gummit in this country.

    Today the incentive is to get yours anyway you can before the gummit goes bankrupt and bankrupts you through taxes, inflation and debt.

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  7. larry 62
    larry 62 23 February, 2012, 16:45

    All kids receiving free or subsidized food should be required to have at least one hour of physical exercise per day. The number of fat kids today is an absolute shame.

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  8. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 23 February, 2012, 16:47


    Ha! That’s funny. Obama=Bush and Romney=Obama. Judge Napolitano nailed it when he asked “What if elections don’t matter?”

    These frauds will look you right in the eye while running for office and LIE, LIE, LIE. Look at all the lies Obama told in 2008. And the media protects him. They should be running replays of the lies on the nightly news. But they won’t. Lying is a protected art in politics. No punishment. No consequences.

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  9. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 23 February, 2012, 16:59

    “Today the incentive is to get yours anyway you can before the gummit goes bankrupt and bankrupts you through taxes, inflation and debt”

    Oh, absolutely.

    People who purchased a home in 2006-07 and are underwater by $200,000 or more should leave the keys in the mailbox and just walk away provided it’s a non-recourse mortgage and after consulting with a CPA and an attorney. Why play by the moral high ground rules anymore? Nobody else is. One of the TBTF banks actually walked away from a complex that they purchased in San Francisco before the meltdown. It was purely a business decision to leave the lender holding the bag. Homeowners should do the same. Leave the bank holding the bag. A business decision. Basing decision on morals anymore is for chumps. Why should the common man sacrifice himself to save the system that the government and corporte America has destroyed??

    Grab all you can before the system collapses.

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  10. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 23 February, 2012, 17:09

    “The First Lady, Michelle Obama, is on a mission to curb childhood obesity”

    This is so funny. Have you seen how wide Michelle’s backside is??? 😀

    Before she starts a crusade to fight childhood obesity she oughta push herself away from the dinner table and drop about 50 pounds.

    Lead by example or shut up!

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  11. Bob
    Bob 23 February, 2012, 23:11

    And of course we now live in a police state. Don’t believe it?

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  12. Bob
    Bob 23 February, 2012, 23:16

    And remember, you get to pay the 6 figure pensions plus benefits of these government costumed thugs.

    And that’s a pension with benefits that 99.99% of those in the private sector can only dream of.

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  13. GoneWithTheWind
    GoneWithTheWind 24 February, 2012, 06:32

    OK! Lets feed them at school but then we should prosecute the parent that receives welfare and food stamps. We are paying the parents to feed them and they are spending the money on something else. At the least that is fraud.

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  14. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 24 February, 2012, 09:23

    “Lets feed them at school but then we should prosecute the parent that receives welfare and food stamps. We are paying the parents to feed them and they are spending the money on something else”

    My understanding is that food stamps recipients use a debit style card to purchase their food and it’s not a cash allotment, gone. Therefore I don’t think it’s possible for them to spend the money on something else.

    I am not in favor of poor people starving. But the food stamp program is out of control. We have 46M people on food stamps in America. Many states allow the recipients to spend their food stamp allotments in restaurants. Totally inefficient and a waste of taxpayer money that pays not only for food but for the operation of the restaurant! Food stamps should be used only for the purchase of nutritious food at the grocery store – and not for junk food or soda or candy or ice cream or to fund restaurant operations.

    And if kids are getting taxpayer financed food at the public schools then the food stamp allotments for those families should be reduced accordingly. Think about it. If the kids are getting 3 free meals at the schools the family would be able to buy filet mignon and T-bones on the weekend with their food stamps. That’s not the purpose. Food stamps should provide only the very basic necessities (rice, beans, vegetables, milk, cereal, hamburger, etc…) . People should not be able to get fat off food stamps. There should be an incentive for people to want to discontinue food stamps. But if food stamp families can eat better with food stamps than the ordinary working class family can afford – the incentive is to stop working and start collecting food stamps. No wonder there are 46M collecting them!

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