Asshole of the Day, December 21, 2013: Jack Kingston
by TeaPartyCat ()
It seems a week can’t go by without some idiot in the GOP finding something to say mean about the poor, or some new way to humilate the poor. One day it’s Rep. Trey Radel voting to force poor people to take drug tests to get government benefits, all the while doing cocaine while collecting his government benefits. Another day it’s Sen. Rand Paul saying it’s a disservice to keep giving unemployed people benefits. It just doesn’t stop.
This week it was Rep. Jack Kingston said this:
“But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you 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 — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch,” he said.
We nominated him for Asshole of the Day for that statement, but Phil Robertson won the day.
But then as the criticism mounted, Rep. Kingston responded saying:
The congressman told CNN that his comments weren’t a “policy statement,” and complained about a lack of open discussion on the matter.
"This is not targeted to any one group," Kingston said. "It would be very helpful for kids in any socio-economic group to do chores and learn the work ethic. Those kids aren’t there because of any fault of their own and I never suggested that they were."
"I never did say poor kids," he added.
"I never did say poor kids." That’s his defense. He didn’t even apologize, he just clarified that he never said "poor".
Well, look, asshole, once you started talking about free lunch programs, everyone knew who you meant, including you. And for pretending you didn’t and refusing to apologize, well, that just makes you Asshole of the Day.
It is Rep. Jack Kingston’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-rep-school-lunch-comments-not-targeted-at-any-income-group