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Dennis Prager: Kids Should Be More Hungry
Dennis Prager is a family values radio host. He is a religious fellow what loves G_d and morals. He also thinks there are not five homes with hungry children in all of Los Angeles, and that free school breakfast is the actual devil. Here, let us read, together, why feeding children is the worst, dumbest, most eeeeevil thing a school district can do!
It is inconceivable that there are five, let alone 200,000 or the projected 450,000, homes in Los Angeles that cannot afford breakfast for their child. A nutritious breakfast can be had for less than a dollar. For examples, go to the website “webMD” which lists five “Breakfast Ideas for a Buck.”
That is so weird, because three out of five teachers say they have students coming to school hungry! We guess families really can afford to feed their children, they just choose not to, because they are sadists maybe, or all the hungry children are being raised by the vicar in Of Human Bondage, who lets them each eat the top of one egg.
Second, it both enables and encourages irresponsible, disinterested, and incompetent parenting. Given how inexpensive breakfast can be (not to mention the myriad public and private programs that provide food for poor households), any home that cannot provide its child with breakfast demands a visit from child protective services. Any parent who cannot give a child breakfast is not too poor; he or she is too incapable of being, or too irresponsible to be, a competent parent.
Well, that is just obviously true. Let us put some more children in foster care, because that system is totally ready and capable of handling an extra 300,000 kids.
Third, even where decent parents are involved, free breakfasts at school weaken the parent-child bond. Hundreds of thousands of parents who are able, and happy, to provide their child with breakfast have accepted the offer — because anything free is too enticing for an increasing number of Americans. But what they have done is made the proverbial deal with the devil. They have traded in one of the most fundamental definitions of parenthood — providing one’s children with food — for a dollar and for a little less work as a parent. As a result, these parents become less of a parent to their child.
A free school breakfast will take a good parent and make her a bad parent. How? WIZARDRY.
And fourth, the free breakfast profoundly weakens young people’s character. When you grow up learning to depend on the state, you will almost inevitably — even understandably — assume that the state will take care of you. And you will grow up also assuming — as do Europeans, who give far less charity than Americans for this very reason — that the state will take care of your fellow citizens, including your own children.
Letting your school feed you turns you into a French, and a Communist, and probably a fag. It is just that obvious.
These are the ways in which the Left has damaged children and families through free school breakfasts.
You have convinced us, Dennis Prager! Time to stop giving the children food.
[ NRO ]