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  •  The reality is that the southern states are (12+ / 0-)

    socialist. Privatization, in addition to diluting responsibility, is mainly a vehicle for moving public dollars into private pockets with as little accountability as possible. The reason the red states collect more dollars than they send back to Washington is because socially provided services make it possible for each household to get along on less. Also, despite the graft, socially provided services do take advantage of economies of scale.
    Anyway, the school feeding programs are in a stage of transition. There is a proposal, currently in a trial stage, to eliminate individual qualifications for students in schools that, according to the census, serve a generally qualified population.  That is, if the census says the neighborhood is poor enough to qualify for free lunches, then all the children in the school will get them. Such a system will obviously relieve a lot of school personnel from having to collect and review qualifying paper-work. It will also mean that chidren whose parents don't do paper work will get fed regardless.
    That seems common-sensical, but isn't necessarily welcome. Any kind of segregation is welcome to people committed to a social hierarchy; any egalitarian measures are going to be resented. See?
    It isn't about the recipients. It's about the need to maintain a social hierarchy by any means possible. Why? Because, for some people, being better than someone else is critical.  If they can't be better than someone else, they can't know who they are.
    Imagine the thought process involved in
    "I am a girl because I am not a boy." The exclusion or elimination is necessary for identification. The binary mind needs it. It's not antagonistic. "I am rich because I am not poor" also works. The pairing need not even be equivalent.
    "I am American because I am not Muslim."

    "One of these things is not like the others" makes no sense, because there are always only two things to consider.

    Anyway. perhaps admitting that children's needs are not being met is an inconvenient truth to be used in an argument they don't want to have.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:12:09 AM PST

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