“Work Opportunity” is a real laugher since Congress has proven during the past half-decade it doesn’t know how create a job. But they now created a magical piece of legislation that will employ thousands…
For nearly eight decades, the food stamps program was a deal forged by rural and urban politicians that made farmers whole for harvest surpluses while giving hungry people a chance to eat.
Cutting that relationship between farmers and the hungry poor only sets up future congressional battles between big-city and small-town politicians since there will be fewer motivational forces that will bring them together.
While I can list many reasons for why the new legislation is dumb, I’ll concentrate on one potentially expensive area: education.
The results of a study by Massachusetts General Hospital on calorie deficiency and academic performance among poor kids illustrate a potential danger:
Prior to the USBP [universal-free school breakfast program], 33% of all study children were classified as being at nutritional risk. Children who were at nutritional risk had significantly poorer attendance, punctuality, and grades at school, more behavior problems, and were less likely to eat breakfast at school than children who were not at nutritional risk. Six months after the start of the free school breakfast programs, students who decreased their nutritional risk showed significantly greater: improvements in attendance and school breakfast participation, decreases in hunger, and improvements in math grades and behavior than children who did not decrease their nutritional risk.
Letting kids eat helps them to perform better at school, thus improving their chances of avoiding the nasty and expensive effects of school underachievement such as taking on a life of crime.
I recommend that members of Congress take off for the rest of their terms. They only make matters worse when they show up for work…
song currently stuck in my head: “passin me by” – the pharcyde