Rep. Jack Kingston wants work requirement for healthy food stamp recipients

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston wants Georgia to require healthy individuals who receive food stamps to work.

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston speaks at the Georgia Young Farmers Association's 2014 annual convention at the Augusta Convention Center.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston speaks at the Georgia Young Farmers Association's 2014 annual convention at the Augusta Convention Center.

Speaking Friday at the Geor­gia Young Farmers Conven­­tion at the Augusta Conven­tion Center, Kingston said he will write a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal endorsing a work requirement for “able-bodied” individuals on food stamps. He unsuccessfully pushed for the measure in the $1 trillion farm bill that passed the U.S. House on Wednesday.

The Savannah Republican is one of eight candidates seeking to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Cham­bliss, R-Ga., who is retiring.

The new five-year farm bill cut farm subsidies known as direct payments and authorized a $8 billion cut to the food stamp program.

Kingston, who wanted bigger cuts to food stamps, said nutrition and agriculture policy should not be included in the same bill.

“What happens when we do a farm bill is most of the energy is spent on the smallest part of it – production agriculture and conservation. That’s where all the debate is, but it’s only about 20 percent,” he said. “To
me, if you split it up, each side could get a lot more scrutiny and it’d be a better product for both.”

Kingston, who recently spent $1.2 million on television commercials for his Senate campaign, said the crowded race is becoming a tough campaign.

“There’s a sense that our campaign is moving along so we get attacked by Repub­li­cans and Democrats,” he said. “We are going to try to continue to do what we are doing, which is talk directly to the people of Georgia.”

A 21-year veteran of the House, Kingston said he’s hoping to break up the Democrat-controlled Senate.

“What I have seen is so many of the reforms we pass out of the House get killed in the Senate. I really strongly believe that the battleground right now is in the Senate,” Kingston said. “We need to take the majority back
and then have a change of leadership in the White House.”

YU’S CAMPAIGN AD TARGETS KINGSTON

ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston opened himself up for criticism when he suggested poor children sweep cafeterias in exchange for free lunch, and he is now the target of an ad released Thursday by Eugene Yu, an Augusta businessman running against Kingston in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Kingston has said he was trying to show that freebies discourage a work ethic from developing in children and diminishes their self-worth.

Yu’s ad suggests the real answer is an economic one, playing up on his promise to bring back manufacturing jobs moved overseas in recent decades.

“Create an environment where companies can thrive and grow and get our unemployed back to work,” an announcer says in the ad. “It is time our congressmen learn there is no free lunch. It is time to clean house.”

In a telephone interview, Yu said, “The people are tired of all these career politicians. I don’t care what they say; they are looking purely for their own interests.”

Kingston, who is ahead in fundraising and at least one poll, announced this week that he is putting out more than $1.2 million for his own television commercials; however, he hasn’t released the scripts for the ads or provided details about their message.

– Morris News Service

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Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 02/01/14 - 08:54 am
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According to government

According to government figures, 69% of recipients are children, elderly, or disabled, and 17% already work. That has you down to 14% Jack, and I'm sure plenty of those are already in the job market. Others will have lack of transportation and child care. Any answers there Jack? Some can and should find employment, but it's not exactly the best of job markets in case you haven't noticed. Of course you just blew enough to feed almost 9,000 people on tv ads, so why worry?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/01/14 - 09:00 am
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Been tried before. Ruled demaining. Can't even do chairty work.
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Been tried before. Ruled demeaning. Can't even do charity work.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/01/14 - 09:01 am
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To ask the poor and dependent to do anything is shameful.
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To ask the poor and dependent to do anything is shameful.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/01/14 - 09:02 am
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Guvmit can't manage free money, how will they manage work?
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Guvmit can't manage free money, how will they manage work?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/01/14 - 09:03 am
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One guvmit social worker for every welfare recipient.
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One guvmit social worker for every welfare recipient.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/01/14 - 09:04 am
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Hire them to watch each other. Worked in the USSR.
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Hire them to watch each other. Worked in the USSR.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 02/01/14 - 10:33 am
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WORK
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The man said able bodied people should do something for their food stamps. If taxpayers have to work to eat why shouldn't other able bodied people do the same? Quit treating welfare people like they're disabled and unable to do anything.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/01/14 - 11:34 am
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lyndon baines johnson
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created this welfare and entitlement state. Those ( welfare and food stamp recipients) healthy enough to have their nails done, their "do" done, should be out cleaning PUBLIC highways every day of the work week until they find the "strenghth" to get their EDUCATION and a JOB that pays more than welfare and minimum wage. bod, there Are jobs out there that pay well if you're smart and WISE enough to get an education. No education ( high school at least), no pay in my view.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 02/01/14 - 11:54 am
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Not exactly the best of job markets, eh Bod?
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And that would be Bush's fault, correct?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 12:38 pm
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This is just one of those

This is just one of those "I'm working for my constituents" bs.

And children sweeping the cafeteria is against minimum wage and against child labor laws. It is exploitation of children. I worked in the lunchroom at school for a $.35 lunch, I realize now just how wrong and exploitative it was. Not to mention that we were kids being asked to handle food and sterilize lunch trays, what a stupid idea that was. We did all sorts of unsanitary things, we were kids.

Children go to school to learn, not to provide free labor for a school.

I wonder just how he would choose who would get to be exploited, since there are so many free lunch children now.

In RC schools, that would be over 25,000 kids.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 03:14 pm
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I also don't believe in

I also don't believe in punishing children for things they can't help- and hey, why not just hang a big sign around their necks, that say "My family is poor", so that they can be ridiculed by others?

speakout77
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speakout77 02/01/14 - 03:14 pm
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Rep. Jack Kingston's remarks...Good and bad

Instead of children on food stamps helping to clean up in lunchroom, I believe their PARENTS should be helping out if they are of sound minds and bodies. this country has become a "welfare" state for millions. I realize the job market needs vast improvements, but in the meantime have people accountable when they accept tax payers monies. Some of these people have been on food stamps and government benefits far too long. If they are capable of working, they should apply weekly for jobs and be drug free to receive food stamps and gov. assistance. Everyone understands that people come upon "hard times" and may need help, but for 2 years or longer? Not on my watch!

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 03:32 pm
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Speakout, many people on food

Speakout, many people on food stamps DO work, including Americans that serve our country in the Armed Forces.

And some of them wouldn't be people that you would want around children.

There just aren't enough jobs, what would you do, just have people starve?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/01/14 - 03:52 pm
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Corgimom makes good points.

Corgimom makes good points. That would be 75% of Richmond County kids. The problem is the genie is out of the bottle. People now BELIEVE it is their right to free money and food.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 03:54 pm
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"I worked in the lunchroom at
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"I worked in the lunchroom at school for a $.35 lunch, I realize now just how wrong and exploitative it was."
corgi, that should have taught you a person should work for what they get but I guess not.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 04:00 pm
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"Some of these people have
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"Some of these people have been on food stamps and government benefits far too long."
speakout77, it is generation after generation "on food stamps and government benefits". It is a life style created by the Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders. Created so the moochers will vote for the democrats.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 04:10 pm
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Why would you think that I

Why would you think that I haven't worked for what I have?

It did teach me how wrong it was to exploit children, I'll tell you that much.

Unless, of course, you don't see a problem with that.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 04:14 pm
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And, teaparty, my parents

And, teaparty, my parents were able to feed me. We weren't on welfare or food stamps.

The school where I worked took the very bright kids- the kids who could miss time out of class and still keep up, it had nothing to do with family income. One kid's father was an attorney.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 02/01/14 - 04:24 pm
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CORGIMOM
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No one is doubting you haven't worked for what you have and no one said anything about kids working but you. I said able bodied people should work for what they get just like taxpayers have to. No one I know resents children getting food. It's their parents who had them and expect everyone else to pay to support them. Let the parents of these children work and earn their way. The Riverwatch should sure use some cleaning and the roads in the CSRA are littered with trash. Why should taxpayers pay to have a government worker do this type of cleanup when many able bodied are sitting at home watching TV.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/01/14 - 04:28 pm
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"I also don't believe in

"I also don't believe in punishing children for things they can't help- and hey, why not just hang a big sign around their necks, that say "My family is poor", so that they can be ridiculed by others?"

Since over 25,000 kids get free or reduced lunch according to corgimom, then I suppose all the kids would be thinking the same thing about all the other kids.

My question is, when did teaching work ethics and being responsible, become punishment. I sure didn't like the chores I had to do at home but I did them because my parents supplied my every need (and some of my wants) but my responsibility was to help out around the house. Why not the same concept at school.......

Don't want them to handle food or steriles lunch trays, that's fine. Nothing says you can't pick up trash around the school yard or clean a few windows, straighten up books in the library and put them back on the shelf. Nothing wrong with sweeping the gym or cafeteria, taking out trash. Put it on a rotating schedule with each class or grade taking a turn and no one can grip about it not being fair.

I've got absolutely not problem with kids getting free lunch but when we teach them (and adults) that the help they received was made possible by someone else, then it becomes appreciated and most likely paid forward when they get into a position of not needing the help.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 04:29 pm
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" I worked in the lunchroom
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" I worked in the lunchroom at school for a $.35 lunch, I realize now just how wrong and exploitative it was."
corgi, my family was VERY POOR when I was a child and could not afford lunch. I WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD TO WORK FOR MY LUNCH.
"I also don't believe in punishing children for things they can't help- and hey, why not just hang a big sign around their necks, that say "My family is poor", so that they can be ridiculed by others?"
corgi, most of the kids already know who is poor.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 04:39 pm
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I don't believe in pulling a

I don't believe in pulling a 9 year old out of a classroom for an hour and a half each day so that a school district can save money.

And just because you were very poor, my parents could afford to feed me. It had nothing to do with family income, and everything about being able to miss classroom instructional time and still keep up.

And that's just plain wrong.

There is a vast difference between kids figuring out who has money and who doesn't and parading poor kids in front of other kids. Fortunately, there are now privacy laws to protect children from this- which Jack Kingston conveniently forgets, and I guess you do too.

Teachers aren't even allowed to know who gets free lunches, it's considered nobody else's business, and that's the way it should be.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/01/14 - 04:46 pm
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"I don't believe in pulling a

"I don't believe in pulling a 9 year old out of a classroom for an hour and a half each day so that a school district can save money"

I don't either. Nothing says you can not use a team of kids for 30 mins each day. Lessons can be learned in 30 mins once a week for a month or 3 month intervals (I'm sure there are plenty of children to make up several teams) , and it's not about saving the district money. It's about teaching children responsibility, work ethics, and pride.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 04:57 pm
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"It had nothing to do with
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"It had nothing to do with family income, and everything about being able to miss classroom instructional time and still keep up."
corgi, they most likely picked the kids that felt they were too good to work at least that is the way it was at my school.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 04:59 pm
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"It's about teaching children
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"It's about teaching children responsibility, work ethics, and pride."
Most liberals do not like that idea.

specsta
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specsta 02/01/14 - 05:06 pm
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Let's Get The Story straight

Let's see - an average American family ($50,000 household income) spends $6 per year in taxes for food assistance and other social programs.

The average American family spends $6000 per year in taxes for corporate welfare for companies that make billions in profit.

Whose the real leech here?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/23

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 02/01/14 - 05:18 pm
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"A 21-year veteran of the

"A 21-year veteran of the House, Kingston said he’s hoping to break up the Democrat-controlled Senate."
He is a republican trying to replace a retiring republican. So how exactly, would his election break up a democratic controlled senate?

jrsc429
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jrsc429 02/01/14 - 05:35 pm
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21 years?

Jack Kingston has been a member of the United States House of Representatives for 21 years (he is serving his eleventh term). Kingston must be very popular among his constituants to be elected eleven times. And now Kingston wants to stay on the Federal payroll for at least six more years? Before Kingston has those on Food Stamps work for their Federal benefits, I suggest Jack Kingston work for his Federal benefits.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/01/14 - 06:52 pm
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Well jrsc429, it would appear

Well jrsc429, it would appear Mr. Kingston has worked for his Federal benefits. Since 1992 he has won every election with 66% or higher voting rate except his first year with 58% of the vote. I'd stay that's not all bad.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 07:52 pm
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teaparty, guess you went to a

teaparty, guess you went to a different kind of school than I did.

So sorry to hear that.

I don't know why any school would pick children that they believed thought that they were too good to work, I don't know how you would determine that in elementary school children, but I'm sure you do.

That must have been some school that you went to. Glad I didn't attend there.

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