The federal government has taken a chunk of taxpayers’ money and handed it over to Boston’s tax-funded schools. The money will be used to supply free lunches for all students.
There will be no means-testing. Rich kids will get free meals.
Why? So as to avoid the sense of shame in the hearts of poor kids, who might see their families as charity cases, which of course they are.
Reality is painful. Self-awareness is painful. Politicians spend their careers trying to find ways to shield voters from reality.
A student might think this: “My family has not been successful. That’s why I get a handout. My friends’ parents are being taxed to give me a handout.” In other words, the student might be confronted at a young age — say, 16 — with a realization that there are winners and losers in life, and the welfare state uses force to get winners to subsidize losers. So, every student will get free lunches, which will run up the cost of the program.
Agribusiness sees the economics of this, and rejoices. The senior managers of a handful of giant firms that use federal intervention into food production to rake in profits by selling food to the USDA at above-market prices know who butters their bread: politicians. It is all in the name of helping the small farmer, who disappeared 60 years ago, and helping the poor, whose children have sensitive psyches.
Don’t call them food stamps. Call then SNAP cards.
Failure must be subsidized, you see. This must be concealed from the voting public and also from the children of the failures, you understand.
Eventually, the bills come due. Eventually, reality intrudes. Eventually, the free lunches end.