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Don’t punish the children!

February 10, 2008

Came across an interesting story over at Gateway Pundit a little while ago.

6 Republican Senators Introduce “Semper Fi Act” to Strip Berkeley of Federal Earmarks

Republican Senators introduced the Semper Fi Act to stip the city of Berkeley, California of their government funded earmarks.

This is in response to the Berkeley City Councils recent actions against a Marine Corps recruiting station.

Last week, the City Council of Berkeley voted to oust Marine Corps recruiters from their downtown office, saying the Marines were “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.” Berkeley officials also voted to give the radical protest group Code Pink space outside the recruitment office and urged them to “impede, passively or actively” the work of Marine Corps recruiters.

But thats not what really grabbed my attention. What caught my eye is one of the earmarks that is now in the crosshairs.

One earmark provides $243,000 in taxpayer dollars for the organization Chez Panisse to create gourmet organic school lunches in the Berkeley School District. Chez Panisse is dedicated to “environmental harmony” and their menu features “Comté cheese soufflé with mâche salad,” “Meyer lemon éclairs with huckleberry coulis,” and “Chicory salad with creamy anchovy vinaigrette and olive toast.”

Senator Barbara Boxer claims that ‘these groups’ (including The Children™) should not be punished. (source). Really? Taking away “Comté cheese soufflé with mâche salad,” “Meyer lemon éclairs with huckleberry coulis,” and “Chicory salad with creamy anchovy vinaigrette and olive toast” from a school lunch program is a punishment? Has anyone asked the kids? In any case, god forbid the poor little darlings have to suffer through a lunch of PB&J and yogurt. Like my kids.

Finally we have this quote from City Council member Gordon Wozniak:

But I think it’s equally bad for U.S. Representatives or Senators to threaten their constituents to take away their money.

Their money? Don’t you mean our money? Because last time I checked, I paid taxes as well. Please explain to me how it’s the Federal Government’s job to fund gourmet organic school lunch programs. If you’re going to fund some school lunch programs, I can think of some areas (pick just about any inner city or struggling Appalachia school system) that are in a hell of a lot more need (and more deserving) than Berkeley, CA.

related links:
The Chez Panisse Foundation
Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café

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