Mitch McConnell is opposing an extension to the free school lunch program. Congress is debating what to include in the next government spending bill and McConnell on behalf of the Senate Republicans want to end this pandemic-era initiative. Thirty million children currently rely on the free lunches which will sunset in June without an extension. Right-wingers have been fearmongering about this program for a long time now.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum made the case in October that, “those kids are all going to grow up thinking, well school lunch is free and then god help the person who tries to take that away.” The same argument can be said for trash pickup or emergency services or anything else that taxes pay for. Public dollars already fund everything else that goes on at these schools and the lunches are already subsidized. It makes perfect sense then to just go the whole way and say that students will get one meal a day and they won’t need to pay out of pocket for it.
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