The Perpetually Outraged Remain Perpetually Outraged, Part Two. Apparently Senate Candidate Jack Kingston suggested that it might not be too much to ask for students who receive their lunch at taxpayer expense be asked to do something in return. “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. 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,” he said. This was found to be an offensive statement by the UGA Young Democrats and Eric The Teamster, who one would think would be a fan of work. Where do these people find the time and energy to be so outraged?
My thoughts are this: it’s probably an unworkable idea, as Kingston himself acknowledges, but is it so wrong to expect people, even children, to work a little in exchange for something of value? Isn’t that a character trait we want people to have, and shouldn’t we be teaching that to our children?
Cue the over-heated outrage once again, and discuss how Jack Kingston and I are the worst sort of people in the comments.