Free Lunch Podcast

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 15, 2019 it is the FREE LUNCH (Yesss!) edition of the show, number 224 (omgggg) with you charmingly lunchable hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa.

This week, we begin with an assessment of the Dems race to the bottom. Who can grovel and apologize in the most humiliating fashion? Beto is in the lead at the moment for his histrionic avowal of white privilege on The View recently. But they are are racing backwards, Red Books in hand, begging to be forgiven for not being sufficiently downtrodden and victimesque.

Is this really the winning strategy for the D-persons?

Then, we talk about the recent kerfuffle in Warwick, Rhode Island where they are lunch-shaming the poor kids whose parents don’t fork up the lunch money; to wit, they are giving the deadbeats’ kids cold lunches (sunflower butter sandwiches??? Yukkk! sounds cruel and unusual to me!).

Finally (say it like the Donald) Chaaeenuh! Is this trade war actually the one issue in the entire body politic that everyone agrees on? I mean, Chuck tweeting to Donald: hold the line!!! Bipartisanship and inter-party comity courtesy of the Commies. Same as it ever was, I guess.

Our shower thoughts, of course. Our hidden gem? From the Disney cover album Stay Awake, Bonnie Raitt performing Baby Mine from Dumbo! Enjoy!

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Henry Castaigne Member

    I don’t understand why manufactures get government compassion but deadbeat parents don’t. I’m fine with Trump improving our regulatory system and making things better for manufacturing but you seem to imply that government should be compassionate towards some people and not others. 

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    • May 15, 2019, at 8:30 PM PDT
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  2. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    Interesting comment Henry. I guess I for one think that poor folks generally deserve compassion. There are people out there for whom it is a hardship to pay for their kids’ lunch. That is truly sad. As I said on the show I don’t see why lunch just isn’t automatically included in the cost of school – paid through the same taxes that fund the school building, teachers, facilities etc.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 9:09 PM PDT
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  3. Al Sparks Thatcher

    On school lunches, Mike has a point about including lunch as a package. I’m agnostic on that point. But it wouldn’t hurt those kids to bring sack lunches to school, with everyone eating a sandwich provided by their parents.

    I’m old enough to have had to have done that. I remember my mom packing sandwiches, in a lunch box that included a thermos. By the time I made the 4th grade, lunch was being provided, though kids (or their parents) had to pay. Those that didn’t would still have a lunch packed for them by their parents.

    While I’m agnostic on whether a public school provides lunch or not, I’m agnostic only if it’s a local decision whether to implement it, in which case the local taxpayers should pay for it.

    But this is a federal program. I still don’t understand why the federal government is paying for a lunch program. While federal funding of schools is going up (wrongly) the federal school lunch program has been around way before that started happening.

    States should not only be deciding how to run education in their states (I think every state has local school boards) but they, or local governments (based on state statute) should collect the taxes for those schools as well. And that includes paying for any lunch program a school has in place.

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    • May 15, 2019, at 11:01 PM PDT
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  4. colleenb Member

    It was unclear to me how Feinburg really feels about the school lunch situation. Ha ha. I do agree with you Todd that schools do not really teach anymore because they have to spend all their time as social welfare institutions. When, of course, per Stopa’s story, they are not there to provide a place for an affair. As with the FBI/DOJ, how well can these places be doing their jobs if at least a good minority are engaging in hanky-panky. Spoken like a first wife I guess.

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    • May 16, 2019, at 9:42 AM PDT
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  5. angelasg Member

    I liked the naming and shaming by Mike Stopa of the coach and principal who ruined his daughter’s athletic career. I hope it has its intended effect.

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    • May 18, 2019, at 7:01 PM PDT
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  6. angelasg Member

    The talk about the school lunches reminded me of this program where Whirlpool donated washing machines to schools so kids could do their laundry there. Some kids were missing school because they didn’t have clean clothes due to the family’s water or electricity being turned off.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/washing-machines-solve-schools-big-problem-2017-4

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    • May 18, 2019, at 7:06 PM PDT
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  7. Todd Feinburg Contributor

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    On school lunches, Mike has a point about including lunch as a package. I’m agnostic on that point. But it wouldn’t hurt those kids to bring sack lunches to school, with everyone eating a sandwich provided by their parents.

    I’m old enough to have had to have done that. I remember my mom packing sandwiches, in a lunch box that included a thermos. By the time I made the 4th grade, lunch was being provided, though kids (or their parents) had to pay. Those that didn’t would still have a lunch packed for them by their parents.

    While I’m agnostic on whether a public school provides lunch or not, I’m agnostic only if it’s a local decision whether to implement it, in which case the local taxpayers should pay for it.

    But this is a federal program. I still don’t understand why the federal government is paying for a lunch program. While federal funding of schools is going up (wrongly) the federal school lunch program has been around way before that started happening.

    States should not only be deciding how to run education in their states (I think every state has local school boards) but they, or local governments (based on state statute) should collect the taxes for those schools as well. And that includes paying for any lunch program a school has in place.

    If local school boards are making the decisions then I don’t care either if they want to burden their institutions with another non-educational Dept to run – in theory. Trouble is, people have gotten so used to govt’s job being to take care of all human needs that it’s dangerous to give ground. What happened to liberty?

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    • May 23, 2019, at 2:43 AM PDT
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  8. Todd Feinburg Contributor

    angelasg (View Comment):

    The talk about the school lunches reminded me of this program where Whirlpool donated washing machines to schools so kids could do their laundry there. Some kids were missing school because they didn’t have clean clothes due to the family’s water or electricity being turned off.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/washing-machines-solve-schools-big-problem-2017-4

    The fear would be that soon everyone will be doing all their laundry at school and Dems declare washer/dryer a basic human right. Does government provide free generic detergent or also expensive name brands?

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    • May 23, 2019, at 2:46 AM PDT
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  9. Todd Feinburg Contributor

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    Interesting comment Henry. I guess I for one think that poor folks generally deserve compassion. There are people out there for whom it is a hardship to pay for their kids’ lunch. That is truly sad. As I said on the show I don’t see why lunch just isn’t automatically included in the cost of school – paid through the same taxes that fund the school building, teachers, facilities etc.

    All humans deserve compassion, but it’s not a service govt can provide. Even the Catholic Church couldn’t handle it. Institutions don’t feel, and the decisions made by big institutions, even when intended to appear kind, also ruin lives – as the smallest twitch of muscles made by the bull break things in the china shop.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 2:51 AM PDT
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