Civilized people have always been expected to know that the only certainties in life are death, taxes and the myth of free lunches. As Republican conservative Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia recently addressed the question of school lunches, poor kids should have to mop floors or pay a dime for such traditional entitlements to teach them ...umm... "there are no free lunches."
Way to go, congressman! But a nosy Savannah TV station, WSAV 3, has now reported that Kingston hasn't practiced what he now preaches during his three years in Congress. He and his staff expensed $4,182 for "business" meals and received $4,289.33 in free meals from special interests that included the Georgia Bankers Assn.
Kingston's campaign also expensed more than $145,000 for meals and catering.
As you might suspect, the congressman was annoyed that he was even asked about this disconnect, saying he grew up with a "good work ethic" but "it's hard in today's society to have a discussion where you want to challenge the status quo because of today's 'I gotcha' politics."
From what I can tell, the only status quo that he challenged was the free lunch program for the kids.