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GOP Lawmaker Criticized for Free Lunch Comment Fires Back

A Republican congressman sparked controversy last week for suggesting that students should sweep the floor for free lunches.


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During a discussion on instilling work ethic in the next generation of Americans, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) said, “Why do you, you know, 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.”

Liberal news outlets proclaimed that Kingston was demanding poor students should do janitorial work for food.

This morning on Fox and Friends Weekend, Kingston clarified, “I believe that kids of all social economic levels could benefit from having chores inside the house, outside the house.”

Kingston said his comments came during a public meeting and were not a statement of policy or even a speech. The congressman believes there is a problem with the work ethic in America. He said everyone should be required to do community service or do chores like cleaning the lunchroom.

“I think kids from affluent families, as well as kids from less affluent families, can learn from some of the basics," he said. "I would not ever want to single out less affluent children. This is good for everybody in all social economic groups.”


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