Rush Limbaugh Picks On Poor Kids, Says They Should Starve At School (AUDIO)

The School Meal Program feeds millions of kids every year. I should know. I was one of them. So were my two siblings. I was raised by a single mother who worked damn hard taking care of senior citizens for little pay. So little in fact, that we qualified for free or reduced breakfasts and lunches at school. I would go to school every morning, eat a good breakfast, and begin learning on a full stomach instead of an empty one. As a result, I was able to focus on my education without feeling hunger. Statistics show that kids who are hungry don’t learn as well. They have a hard time concentrating because their stomachs are screaming for food. I was lucky. I got to eat two meals a day at school, and avoided becoming just another statistic.

But according to Rush Limbaugh, I should have starved my way through school. On his radio show, Limbaugh whined about poor students being on the School Meal Program, saying that feeding them instead of letting them starve turns them into “wanton waifs and serfs dependent on the state.” That’s funny, I’m not dependent on the state. I’m not on welfare nor do I ask for state assistance. I graduated high school, went on to graduate college, and now I’m a writer and certified teacher. Because of the school meals that kept me focused on learning, I was able to succeed and find work I enjoy. But that’s not the way Rush Limbaugh sees it:

“If you feed them, if you feed the children, three square meals a day during the school year, how can you expect them to feed themselves in the summer?”

Here’s the audio:

Apparently Rush Limbaugh has never heard of summer school. I reside in Missouri, just like Rush, and even I know that many schools offer summer school programs, and that includes school meals. I also know that kids don’t feed themselves during the summer. Their parents feed them. Sometimes you have to live with a bowl of cereal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches throughout the summer but it beats starving. When your parents can’t afford anything else, you take what you can get. But once the school year starts, you can finally get some variety, including fruits and vegetables crucial for development. Like many parents, my mom didn’t have time to make breakfast on most mornings. We had to get up early so she could drive us in and go to work so she could pay the bills and keep us clothed. Without school breakfast, we would have started off each day on an empty stomach. Leaving so early also meant not having time to make a lunch to take to school. Without school lunch, we would not have eaten anything at all throughout the day.

In this time of economic downturn, poverty stricken families are thankful for the School Meal Program. Without it, kids would starve during a time when it is important to focus on education. Of course Rush Limbaugh wouldn’t know anything about starving. He grew up in a well off family. His grandfather was a judge, a prosecutor, and a member of the House of Representatives. His father was also an attorney. So Rush was able to stuff his face full of food 365 days a year throughout his childhood and yet he wasted his education by dropping out of college. I didn’t have the luxury he had, yet because of school meals, I got an education and did NOT waste it.

Poor kids and their families get a bad reputation from people like Rush and others who don’t know what it’s like to grow up in poverty. Perhaps if Rush got off his fat ass and actually met some poor folks, he’d understand that getting state assistance isn’t a free ride. It’s a chance to survive and succeed in life without having to worry about starving, or not having a roof over your head, or not having proper clothing and medical care. Rush Limbaugh is a prick and a bully. He is picking on kids who probably don’t even understand that they eat school meals because their parents can’t afford to pay for food because the economy is so bad. Many parents have lost their jobs because of economic policies supported by Limbaugh and his ilk. I’m not ashamed of having to eat school meals. I’m thankful that some politicians cared enough about my well being and education to create and institute the program in the first place. It saved me from hunger and gave me an opportunity that I may not have had otherwise. An opportunity to teach Rush Limbaugh that poor kids are human beings, and he is not.