Reason 183: Because Children Are Not Leverage

If you commit some horrible crime, the government will put you into an institution that is, in my opinion, much like the one that you send your child to for an education. But there is a big difference. The poor soul who is in the penitentiary doesn’t have to worry about do-gooders playing around with his meals for health purposes, and he doesn’t have to worry about whether or not someone has paid for them.

A friend posted this article from his local paper and I found it to be fascinating. It shows just one of the conundrums the education institution finds itself in. It seems that when it comes to feeding time some of the students don’t have the money to pay for their meals.  And, just like the children’s institutional brothers and sisters down the street in the prison house, the children have no means of earning money to pay for them either. But there is something that the institution is able to pay for without a problem, early retirements for its unionized employees with pay and benefits till they die. But we won’t talk about that because we’re supposed to be moved by grief for these poor children so that we give the nod for more taxes and cash for the institution so that the teachers can perhaps retire even earlier with better benifits, and the many administrators can get those overdue raises.

But what is really going on here? Parents know that the government is going to take care of their children. So they’re using their children as leverage for free lunches. The institution at the same time responds the same as it does about everything. Pull the institution’s string and it sings the same old thing; “We need more money”. It will never have enough… ever. We know that. It’s government.  But if these children did go hungry for the day, they wouldn’t be the first to do so. There have been millions before them, and there is a good chance that, given the institution’s goals for their nation, hunger may well be a constant companion for them when they grow up. Of course, the article points to the studies that show children will not benefit from the super-duper, excellent education  if they miss that meal. But they define education differently than I do. Missing meals can build character, which is just as much a part of education as any of the social justice, marriage equality, sex, sex, sex, dribble that the institution pushes constantly.  There was a time when the character trait of self-respect would carry the day for a young one, and his parents too. Accepting charity simply would not do. But these are the children of a generation that not only accepts charity, they expect it, and even demand it.

I may be so broke some day that my children may have to miss a meal. But we will miss that meal with full hearts, and respect for god’s providence. We won’t be standing in a line being humiliated by the institution as they pour perfectly good food in a trash can while our dining peers watch. At least I can say that it won’t happen while I’m a free man, which may not be much longer if the institution continues in its current successes.

Here’s the story. What a mess:

Let’s redo school lunch

 

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