Wednesday, October 20, 2010

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Dinner… Not Even in D.C. Public Schools

It seems that the closer we get to elections, the more crazy the news gets. It’s enough to make a blogger’s head spin.

Fortunately, this blogger has a tight hold on it all – on her better days, at least – and can quickly sum up this morning’s most important headlines in one semi-succinct posting. Of course, it’s especially easy when one headline easily trumps all of the others in the “most important” category.

Brilliant, I know. Please hold the applause until after the show.

The topic of discussion today: the American education system.

Scary ground, I know, but I figure it’s an appropriate subject for a traditionally frightening holiday less than two weeks away.

Unfortunately though, the “trick” called the U.S. education system is no childish prank.

It is, however, an utter joke. The kind that a Batman villain might make.

Free Dinners Cost a Lot

How do we know that our education system is a joke? Well, other than the self-centered brats it’s produced for the last several decades, all we need to do for proof is turn to the D.C. chapter of Fox News, which put out a disturbingly fascinating report yesterday.

Apparently, students in Washington D.C. public schools aren’t just getting free lunches. They’re getting free, federally-funded dinners too. Fox 5 Reporter Audrey Barnes reports, “D.C. joins 13 states which serve three meals a day at school – and to the tune of $5.7 million.”

Before any bleeding hearts gush all over my post, let me clarify that I don’t believe in letting small children starve. But I also don’t believe it’s the responsibility of the schools – or the federal government – to be feeding them.


Sorry for the caps, but this is a very important point. More than likely, we’re already giving these children’s parents welfare handouts of some kind. And let’s also be brutally honest, too many federally educated, immature parents are quick to spend that money inappropriately.

For proof, just look at California’s recent revelation that welfare recipients are using their undeserved government checks to gamble at casinos.

So basically, we’re giving them money to live and then telling them that they don’t have to worry about feeding their children, except on the weekends. We’re paying them to live irresponsibly and then further encouraging them to be even more so.

Not to mention that we’re also making the children even more dependent on public school thinking through these programs. These kids will be ill-equipped to think outside of the box when they barely leave the box in the first place.

They’re being trained from an early age to depend on the government instead of themselves. This hardly paints a pretty picture for their future or the future of their country.

If we’re raising generations of people who so-rarely come face to face with personal responsibility, we will have a nation filled with defenseless dependents who will either topple us from within as they find fewer and fewer to lean on, or passively allow foreign attackers to topple us from without… because helplessness is all they ever learned.

Either way, the U.S. will collapse.

They say there’s no such thing as a free meal, and they’re right… even in D.C.

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