It’s too much to ask, these days, for a parent to actually give their child lunch money. At least that’s the way Ilhan Omar sees it.
Ever since those familiar brown bags with baloney sandwiches and cookies were outlawed as terribly cruel and nutritionally deficient, public school students have been served hot food in a cafeteria setting.
How dare schools attempt to make money selling food? That’s “capitalism.” To all democrats, schools are supposed to be totally socialized.
To walk into any restaurant and buy the same plate of food would cost much more than our students are charged. The overhead of wages, equipment, and supplies are mostly subsidized by taxpayer money.
In an attempt to close the gap between what they get from the government, and what it actually costs to prepare and serve hot nutritious meals, schools charge the students a modest fee.
Families on the low income side of the scale often have trouble making ends meet. In order to pay for the essential cell phones, movie subscriptions, and video games, they’re forced to cut out the luxuries, like lunch money.
When students show up at the cash register with a full plate and an empty wallet, schools usually just make a note of it and keep a running total so the child won’t go hungry. They still have to pay their expenses.
Today I am holding a press conference to introduce the No Shame at School Act. The bill will prohibit schools from shaming children that are unable to pay for their school lunch. https://t.co/ei1zCp0077
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 19, 2019
The problem comes in when the schools try to collect on what they are owed. Deadbeat parents are horrified that students are tagged with wristbands or given special tokens.
Even something as harmless as keeping a list of who owes a balance is objectionable. Using debt collectors is an unthinkably horrid option.
Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, teamed up with fellow Democrat Senator Tina Smith, both from Minnesota, to introduce a misdirected bill guaranteed to bring nothing but overburdening regulation.
If she is so concerned about student nutrition, why not sponsor a bill to simply guarantee payment of unpaid lunch tabs? That would be too easy. Not only that nobody would vote for it because it would simply provide incentive for parents to game the system.
Instead, Omar wants crippling regulation. Schools will be prohibited from “shaming” freeloaders.
“Across this country, students whose families are struggling to afford school meals are being singled out and humiliated at lunchtime.”
“We need to support students in Minnesota and across the country by ensuring that kids are not humiliated because of an inability to pay for lunch.”
Under her plan, schools “would receive federal reimbursement for unpaid student meals for up to 90 days.” but only “if they follow a certification process.” They have to learn how to account for unpaid meals anonymously.
Exactly the opposite of the way President Donald Trump aims to cut burdensome regulations, Omar can’t keep it simple and just guarantee payment, she has to tie school administrators up with more red tape.