Kilmeade on Feeding Hungry Kids: ‘Education Money Well Spent?
October 20, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)–There is nothing more cringe-worthy than a wealthy well-fed individual questioning the spending of public money to feed hungry school children. Such an attitude takes a special kind cold-blooded heartlessness. Well, the dim-witted crew of Fox & Friends just went there. Co-host Brian Kilmeade fresh off of his bigoted campaign against Muslims, asked this morning if providing nourishment to poor hungry children was “money well spent.”
Many school systems have long realized that an empty stomach interferes with learning. Subsidized school lunches have been extended to include breakfast and now, even dinner, which was the subject of Fox & Friends’ segment.
A report on a new dinner program at Washington, DC schools, which have a high level of children below the poverty line, has caused right-wing conservatives to screech about federal money being spent to feed the poor. And Fox News was happy to provide a forum for the Dickensian hysteria.
Schools have long provided a snack to children attending after school programs. The meal now offered by some school districts is more substantial, as the high jobless rate and deep recession places more children at risk of going hungry.
“D.C. joins 13 states which serve three meals a day at school – and to the tune of $5.7 million. Officials here have embraced the program because they realize healthy, well-fed kids learn better.”
‘“We’re reaching 10,000 kids a day at 99 of our 120 schools,” said Anthony Tata, Chief Operating Officer of D.C. Public Schools.”
“That’s about 25 percent of the student population. And another big benefit of the after school dinners are that more kids are enrolling in after school programs where they can get some academic help as well.”
But Fox News was not the only media outlet questioning the feeding of poor hungry school children. The Washington Post saw fit to conduct a reader poll, asking “Should public schools be serving dinner to kids? As expected, the poll provided a forum for callous comments against the lazy poor “on welfare.”
While leading into the Fox & Friends segment Brian Kilmeade, said “Students are hungry for learning. But the schools in DC are spending millions to fill their bellies instead, now giving kids dinner. Is this education money well spent? The debate is on.”
This isn’t the first time the right-wing has attacked school lunches. The well-fed hate talker Rush Limbaugh, while railing against federally-funded summer lunch programs, suggested that children could “dumpster-dive” if they were hungry.
And Cynthia Davis, a Republican state Rep. from Missouri, also enraged over summer food programs, suggested going hungry would encourage children to get a job at McDonalds. “Hunger can be a positive motivator,” said Davis, adding “[t]hat money is coming from us.”
Right-wing callousness towards the poor knows no bounds.