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Akin: There Is No Free (School) Lunch

Robin Marty

There's nothing worse than a bunch of freeloading hungry elementary school kids, right?  

It’s not “let them eat cake,” but Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin has decided that low-income students have had it far too easy. His idea? It’s time to cut off the federal school lunch program. After all, you come to school to learn, not eat, right?

Via Kansas City Star:

Missouri’s two Senate candidates tangled today over whether taxpayers should subsidize school lunches for more than 34 million students across the country.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate, told reporters at the Missouri State Fair that he opposes federal spending for the National School Lunch Program, which provides cash and surplus food for nearly 650,000 school lunches in Missouri each day.

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“Is it something the federal government should do?” Akin said. “I answer it no… I think the federal government should be out of the education business.”

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Akin clarifies that doesn’t necessarily want the kids to starve. Instead, he thinks it should be done at the state level. Of course if that happened, it would then be subject to whatever cuts state legislatures places make, as well as add another expenditure for already-strained state budgets.

Is Akin a fan of starving kids? I’m sure he isn’t. But then again, he thinks a “right to food” is a “Commie” idea.

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