Story about pre-school lunch police unravels

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'”





  1. Frances Jenkins

    February 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    You are not telling the truth and you know it. The situation happened and then the spin. Shame on you for a complete lack of honesty.

  2. jlp75

    February 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Frances, if they are lying, why is John Hood falling all over himself to cover their rear ends at Carolina Journal. If you don’t believe Rob, perhaps you can go read the Carolina Journal “retraction” which he conveniently added in this story. It must be a bigger conspiracy than you first thought, they managed to get John Hood in on it too. Look out the sky is falling.

  3. Byron

    February 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    What I am amazed about JLP, is the way this guy minimizes what happened. No matter how you slice it, it was wrong. The little girl HAD a healthy meal that THE GOVT has no business sticking their nose into. However, Rob misleads his readers by stated “mistakenly giving her a full, FREE school lunch instead” The mother received a bill for $1.25, even though she sent her daughter to school WITH a lunch! After all, the mother is TOO STUPID to feed her child, THE GOVT must FIX IT!

    Keep making excuses, progressives; they did the same for Hitler. He took away all the guns (something I am sure liberals would love), nationalized healthcare and basically outlawed freedom of religion.

    Obama’s teams of regulators & know-it-all’s have taken away more rights in 3 years than in the 8 years of his predecessor. You’d never know it if you watch the news.

    This is about freedom. I remember in the 80’s with the start of the seatbelt laws: It is compulsory they said. Well in most states, now it is an offense they can pull you over for. Have you heard of “Click IT or Ticket?”

    The sky is not falling Frances, but the government knows better how to do everything according to progressives. Keep paying higher taxes and don’t complain or you will be made fun of by “enlightened” people like jlp75.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    February 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

    The first complaint came from the grandmother/mother. Are they telling lies and right wing nuts conspiring with John Locke because they did not like what happened? You must be kidding me. They have become victims by those who want to protect the system. What do you think is now going on in this school and this community with this child and her family? Mr. Professor please defend the child and not the system. It was a mistake but at the expense of this child.

  5. jlp75

    February 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Funny how you conservatives are so concerned about a loss of freedom in regards to a lunch mix up blown out of proportion but when George Bush forced the Patriot Act, a true attack on freedom and liberty, through Congress there were only crickets to be heard from you wannabe patriots on the right. Has the word patriot in it, must be good right? You are with us or the terrorists. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for diversity of opinion does it?

    You people sit around bashing the left when the biggest assaults of freedom today come from your side. Restricting the right to vote, implementing nationwide strategies to achieve one party rule, assaults on women’s reproductive rights, shutting down debate before ramming through ideologically driven short sighted legislation, threatening constituents with law enforcement when they try to have their voices heard by their representatives in the General Assembly, sneaky
    midnight sessions to undermine vetoes by an official elected by the people. I could go on and on.

    I don’t doubt that you people value freedom like the rest of us, but the people you support and elect most certainly do not.

    Your people are pushing a my way or the highway world where compromise is a dirty word. That is what is wrong with this state and country. It is not the boogie man in the Whitehouse or the make believe lunch Gestapo. It is an unwillingness of elected officials from both sides to come to the table with civility and hammer out a compromise that both sides can live with.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    February 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    But what about the child?

  7. jlp75

    February 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

    The child had two lunches, hardly a traumatic experience.

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