It turns out that the right-wing horror story about marauding bans of pre-school lunch police was more than a tad oversold by the “reporters” behind it.
Click here to read the head of the Locke Foundation’s tortured quasi-retraction.
UNCG Economics professor Dave Ribar also has a quite thorough debunking of the right-wing’s Nuggetgate at his blog: Applied Rationality.
Here are a couple of his nuggets of wisdom:
“Ultimately, what is the great mistake that was made? People who were concerned that a little girl did not have an adequate lunch appear to have put her in a cafeteria line with the intention of having her get an additional free item to go along with the lunch that her mother packed but mistakenly giving her a full, free school lunch instead.
Which all goes to show that the economists’ old adage is true–there is no such thing as a free lunch.”
And this after he explores all the various double-backs and retractions from the Locke people:
“In addition to the economics free lunch adage, there is an even older adage that says ‘what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive'”