Free breakfast is another leftwing program. Like many progressive ideas, it sets out to solve a nonexistent problem. It is not expensive for parents to feed their children breakfast—a nutritious breakfast can be bought for less than a dollar. For families who cannot afford this, there are hundreds of public programs and private charities that provide food to the poor. Public school districts are not full of students whose parents are truly unable to give them breakfast. It is a waste of tax dollars for schools to provide free breakfast—especially when we consider how often public schools are begging for more taxpayers' money.
Free breakfast programs encourage irresponsible parenting. Providing children with food is one of the most basic requirements of parenthood, but if schools are offering to feed children free, that’s too enticing for many people to pass up. Too many parents are ready and willing to turn their own responsibilities over to public schools—and onto the taxpayer. A free breakfast teaches parents and children to be dependent on government. Like many so-called progressive ideas, free breakfast is a bad idea because it promotes dependency on government. Do you think free breakfast is one of the things liberals mean when they say the “village” should raise the child?
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