October 20, 2010
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S.
2 Responses to “Kilmeade on Feeding Hungry Kids: ‘Education Money Well Spent?”
As a retired teacher, I can say that these programs serve a worthy purpose. There are millions of really smart kids who, through no fault of their own, need these meals. These fools believe that it is only “brown” kids who live in poverty and need welfare to make it, but it’s kids from every race that fall into this category. One reason I was so active in getting HCR passed is because I had African-American and Caucasian kids in my classes who didn’t have any kind of health insurance. After hearing their stories, there was no way that I wasn’t going to work to get them covered, even if their parents were against HCR, and they probably were because I was teaching in GA at the time.
Let one of these Fox PAC bots get in a classroom and try teaching kids who can’t concentrate because they’re too hungry/sick to focus on learning anything. Let them have a child tell them that they had to miss school to stay home and see about a younger sibling because their parents had no health insurance and couldn’t take their younger brother or sister to see a doctor. I am fed up with these privileged individuals who would deny food and healthcare to a needy child. President Obama’s mother had to raise him on welfare for a period of time in his early years. John King on CNN stated recently that he was raised on welfare. These men are examples of what a child can grow up to be if we show some compassion toward the less fortunate.
I really don’t understand these so-called Christian conservatives who would deny one of Jesus’ main teachings, which is to care for the less fortunate in our society. This is one reason why I never take anything they have to say about anything seriously. They’d deny their own mother a meal/healthcare if they thought it would mean they’d have to pay one extra penny in taxes.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No question, child hunger is completely horrible. These government programs, however, do not address the problems. Social programs change the behavior of people.
Why are the parents not taking care of their children? They are already receiving aid. I can tell you what happens first hand – the local bar excepts food stamps. The parents don’t even bother to show up for parent teacher conferences, it’s not because they have something better to do. I am not putting the total blame on on the parents – it is a matter of government intervention and human nature.
Furthermore, the government has no fiduciary responsibility and is very wasteful with spending, it puts even more people out of work competing with the free market and crowding out income at the household level. Everything the government runs is bankrupt. Lets also look at the performance of the schools, graduation rates, and those getting jobs with a degree. Unfortunately the very good intentions create more trouble and are robbing these kids from a good future.
In China the schools compete against one another. Parents want to send their children to the best performing school so there is a big incentive to provide the best possible education at the lowest cost.
It is a very important time to get people working. The government cannot keep spending and give everyone a tremendous debt burden. GDP is not coming from the consumer. It is impossible to increase taxes on the unemployed. That means we need investment by business, they create capital, the government only takes it away. Businesses are not investing for a reason. If you would like to increase tax revenue, lower taxes which in turn gives more money to invest, more people are working and less are unemployed, tax revenues go up. We need to fix the problems, not continue to deal with symptoms piecemeal as they arise. Continuing down this path will only end in catastrophic failure.
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