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GOP Rep Suggests Kids Clean Schools In Exchange For Lunch

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"But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria -- and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money," he said at a Jackson County Republican Party meeting. "But think what we would gain as a society in getting people -- getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch."

Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the representative was "trying to have a productive conversation" about work ethic.

"It is sad that trying to have a productive conversation about instilling a strong work ethic in the next generation of Americans so quickly devolves into the usual name calling partisan hysteria," Crawford wrote in an email to the Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. "Having worked from a young age himself, Congressman Kingston understands the value of hard work and the important role it plays in shaping young people."