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Why This Mom Now Boycotts
The Government Picnic Lunch

The Federalist, by Emily Olson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/23/2014 3:28:07 PM

Two blocks north of my family’s home in our rural Minnesota town sits one of our city parks. In these early days of warm weather after an incredibly long winter, my children and I can’t get enough sunlight or exercise, and the park is a boon for both. But the park, and another across town, now entice in a different way: For five days a week at midday, the parks become centers of “free” food for children. At around eleven o’clock in the morning at the park we frequent, trucks pull up to the picnic shelter. Friendly people wheel out equipment

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There are so many things wrong with this story and the woman who tells it that it´s hard to know where to begin. Even the headline makes me cringe. How can you "boycott" something you should never have participated in?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: highlander, 6/23/2014 3:38:39 PM     (No. 9896939)

Whatever she calls it, she doing the right thing. It takes a lot to change one´s thinking in that part of the country. I met some rabid democrats from Minnesota, believe me. They consider being a democrat a birthright.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woodenleg, 6/23/2014 4:10:17 PM     (No. 9896975)

Very disturbing story......I appreciate her change of mind, but........

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pros7767, 6/23/2014 4:15:20 PM     (No. 9896984)

There are so many programs out there that we as taxpayers know nothing about its scary. How much money is being thrown away on a daily basis to feed kids who have food at home?

How many pedophiles are frequenting these locations when parents can´t even bother to show up?

Truly unbelievable.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Alice, 6/23/2014 4:29:41 PM     (No. 9897003)

This is very interesting, and the writer´s honesty is key to it. There is a summer lunch program June 2-July 2 in this part of rural Texas, and I was not interested in the details until reading this story. Now I´ll go and find out...

The point at which the local bureaucrat gently reprimanded Olson was her turning point. We can all benefit from her guts in relating the whole experience -- a humbling lesson learned.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: janjan, 6/23/2014 4:44:32 PM     (No. 9897012)

Not one mention in this story of who is paying for this food and how they might feel taken advantage of.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 6/23/2014 5:05:30 PM     (No. 9897036)

I would like to add to this story, and from a personal perspective. This gov´t food service also applies to the other end of the age spectrum and figured in a large part of the mostly retired folk´s community we used to live in. The elderly also receive substantial subsidies for meals on wheels, senior centers and I´m sure other venues. In our little lakeside community, most of the retired older folks were certainly NOT poor, although income might be off - they mostly had well enough retirement assets. But every day at the center, $3 lunches and $5 dinners could be had. And the over 55 crowds flocked there. It was for a cheap meal and to socialize, not because they needed the nutritional assistance. As a restaurant owner -as well as the others in the area - it steamed us all, because every gov´t cheap and free meal for those not really needing it - it took customers and business away from us. Now there are those who might be okay with that - evil profits and all - but there were businesses that failed to thrive because of this. Plus, I wonder how many potential businesses are never created because the gov´t horns in where it should remain on the periphery. How I wish our gov´t would STOP trying to help every little thing that is better tended to by we the people.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/23/2014 9:08:26 PM     (No. 9897215)

One thing I know is people do what you let them. "Free" brings out the worse in people, just like OPM in Washington.

How many of those kids showed up alone and disheveled because mom is drugged out ?

For the past few years I have been involved in a local ´minority community´ and it´s sickening. Most of them are better off than I am. The more free stuff is thrown at them, the more they want, and receive, and don´t question the status quo.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: DocH, 6/24/2014 12:20:14 AM     (No. 9897403)

And all God´s children said, "TANSTAAFL!"

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/24/2014 3:38:56 AM     (No. 9897448)

Reading this woman´s story really made me angry. At the massive waste of money and food, and at her for being part of it.

There was a time when people who didn´t deserve freebies didn´t take them.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ChipThome, 6/24/2014 5:46:57 AM     (No. 9897469)

This program does two things. The first is it creates more public sector Union jobs. Second it indoctrinates these kids into thinking only the government provides.

There is no charity here..... none was intended and none will come of it.

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