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October 1, 2009

Dept. of Outrage, Military-Industrial Complex Division
Most advocates of school lunch reform, including the White House, agree that the program needs at least $1 billion dollars in additional money to make school meals healthier and more accessible. This observation is of course immediately shot down by most pundits and politicians as unreasonable in an age of trillion dollar debt -- we just can't afford to spend that kind of money. So what exactly, are we to make of this:
The Senate voted Wednesday to spend $2.5 billion on 10 military cargo jets that the Obama administration does not want.

The 64-34 vote came on an amendment to the defense appropriations bill. The House has already approved a defense appropriations bill that includes money for the C-17s.
You must be frakking kidding me. $2.5 billion on jets the administration doesn't even want?! And yet trying to feed kids in school, which leads to better health, better performance in school, better lives, is unrealistic. I understand the love for all things military among our representatives, but come on. I do hope advocates of school lunch reform remember who voted for this military jet boondoggle -- it says everything you need to know about our ability -- or lack thereof -- to fix any of the problems we face.

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