Skip to comments.Spending Millions to Fill Garbage Cans with Nutritious Meals
Posted on 09/18/2017 4:14:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
For most people, even those paying attention, the seemingly endless expansion of government spending and its accompanying debt is a mystery. A timely parallel might be a tropical storm out in the middle of nowhere developing into a Cat 5 hurricane. So it is with public budgetsa modest program almost unnoticed balloons into a tax-eating monster and while we can track it, who really knows how it got that way?
Happily, the mechanics of this budget-bloating are occasionally exposed to public view and it is not a pleasant sight (here and here). Perhaps the disagreeable nature of this exposure explains why the mass media prefers fluffyou need a strong stomach to watch public officials flush millions, sometime billions, down the toilet.
A recent example of this budgets-running-wild occurred in New York City when its Department of Education announced that beginning with the current school term, all students, even rich kids in tony private schools, would receive free breakfasts and lunches. In the past only 75% of the citys school kids given family poverty were eligible. Now, however, its free eats for all, and according to Citys estimates, this would add 200,000 pupils to the total of those on the gravy train. Thats 400,000 meals a day! The average New York family would save $300 a year with the cost of the meal calculated at $1.75.
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NO one would be crazy enough to BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM; would they?
This idiocy has nothing to do with providing meals to students at school. In fact, the NYC government doesn't even care if anyone eats the food that is served.
This is all about crony capitalism on every level ... from a U.S. agricultural industry that is constantly lobbying government to make more kids eligible for "free" lunches, to a local food distributor who is getting paid to package and deliver the meals, to a school staff that is hired to serve them.
This is Keynesian economics at its worst. When a society has more capacity to produce things than it even needs, one of the government's major roles is to figure out how to fabricate demand out of thin air. Over the last 50 years, this has involved turning people into livestock ... by having the government pay industries to do sh!t for normal human beings that these people are perfectly capable of doing themselves.
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