Kids do need to learn that "there's no such thing as a free lunch" (even though the Democrats haven't figured that out yet). But this is a really dumb way to make the point - especially for somebody who is still running for political office. It just gives ammunition to his adversaries, and adds to their "talking points" and the stereotyping.
FYI - the reply from Kingston's office was:
"It is sad that trying to have a productive conversation about instilling a strong work ethic in the next generation of Americans so quickly devolves into the usual name calling partisan hysteria. Having worked from a young age himself, Congressman Kingston understands the value of hard work and the important role it plays in shaping young people."
But the damage is done. Kingston should have seen it coming. Michelle Nunn had a good day today.
Kingston a man who became rich DURING his term as a Rep?
What a jerk it not the child fault again, our government trying to punish it citizens for being poor.
I dont think he understands hes a public trustee, we should fire him.
I'm 53 years old, in charge of 13 employees and just swept the floor in my work area, Monday. I do this whenever it is needed and the opportunity demands it. So if I can do it, my subordinates will do it too. A great lesson in "setting the example." I wholeheartedly feel, that Democrat Liberals and Progressives should embrace this lesson and instill it in there fellow peers. It's no different than my favorite Democrat's American statement of "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" Any Questions?
Not from me, Funky. I just think the time, place, and way Kingston chose to "make his point" only served to tee one up for his opposition. I expected more political savvy from him. But he has passed up opportunities to run for the Senate before. He must be politically rusty - as he hasn't had any serious competition in his House district for about 20 years. He better figure out how it works - fast.
Icy - how rich is he?
Like I said before Chief, you have the knack (ability) to smooth out/translate the grey areas and complete the topic!
Icy, what's wrong with personal responsibility in a free market society?
the time is now, the place should be everywhere. the liberals are trying to make the time and place non nonexistent. things need to be said, and something needs to be done. look at Detroit. the liberals have controlled it for several decades. now they are out of other peoples money. if something isn't done on a national level it will happen to the whole country. kids need to learn that there is no free lunch in the world. and yes i know there are kids on free and reduced lunch from the military, he didn't say anything about reduced lunch. just the hand out.
Maybe we should make all the rich kids sweep the floors so they do not wind up suffering from "affluenza"
You can't single kids out that are on free lunch and have them sweep the floor and clean the lunch room for a meal. This could lead to bullying and an angry child returning to school to retaliate...I agree-children can benefit from financial literacy training and they could also benefit from a work program when they reach a certain age.
the "affuenza" defense is the biggest crock I've seen so far. if a person is so well off they think they can get away with something i think they should make a example of them and max them out. it would send a solid message to the other brats out there.
EOH/gacpl: That "affluenza" argument was really ridiculous, wasn't it?
As for Kingston, I'm on his email list and I got one this morning where they are trying to close the door after the horse is gone. But it's too late now - the damage has been done. Kingston's inartful attempt to reinforce "the value of hard work and the important role it plays in shaping young people" (if that's what it really was) reminded me of Barney Fife with a bullet in his gun.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.....
Jack Kingston needs to recognize that if he wants to go any further in politics he needs to open his mind some. I believe he is a decent man. I believe he is ignorant. He has not stepped outside his comfort zone to really get a feel of what the majority of the country is facing regarding the economy. Before this is all over, MANY children will be in need of a "FREE" meal. Might be the children of some of his closest friends and most stalwart, everyday working class, supporters. If you look at his voting record, the plight of the economically disadvantaged does not weigh heavily in importance..i.e. voted against raising the minimum wage. He does not understand the struggle. The further you are from minimum wage..the less you understand what it really is. He needs to get vocally supportive on some social legislation or he just looks like another fat cat. More and more of the working class is being bled dry and it is difficult to feed their families. If the cost of food keeps going up, those free lunch lists will grow too. Not with the perpetually unemployed, but the everyday working class.
I don't think Kingston has much of a chance to win Chambliss' seat, as - while he has done a great job representing ALL the people and "bringing home the bacon" to this district - he has essentially run unopposed. As I recall, he typically received more than 70% of the vote (which also means that there weren't ONLY "angry white males" voting for him).
But in a state-wide or national race, the stakes/prestige/power are elevated and the competition gets nastier. Kingston would have probably had a tough time getting past the GOP primaries in the first place - as I believe that most Georgia senators historically tended to come from central/northern Georgia (i.e., Macon, Atlanta, etc.). The population and recognition factors generally favor the candidates from these areas - as opposed to "coastal" or southern Georgia. So Kingston has to basically sell himself to a new constituency, even though he's selling to an audience who has elected Republicans for years.
Regardless - I agree with EOH. Even if he isn't ignorant, he now APPEARS ignorant. And in politics, perception is reality. Prime case-in-point: Barack Obama and his 2008/2012 campaigns. My hunch is that no matter what damage control Kingston tries to employ (and he's been on television and blasting out emails), he won't recover from this. His opponents on both sides need only run campaign ads using his own words against him. It's not the same as the "you can keep your plan" ads which the GOP will use to try to destroy the Dems next fall, but it will be just as effective.