|Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah|
Why? According to an article first published on Wednesday by The Salt Lake Tribune, there were outstanding unpaid balances on the lunch accounts of some of the students.
I almost thought it was a joke when I first heard the story earlier tonight on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, but sadly it's true.
Seems an employee of the Salt Lake City District became aware that a number of student's lunch account balances were outstanding at Uintah Elementary, decided to pay a visit to the school and thought the best way to handle it was to completely humiliate the students in front of their peers by taking their lunches away and throwing them in the trash.
I wonder what kind of nation we're becoming when a "child nutrition manager" even thinks of doing something heartless like that given all we know about the critical role a healthy nutritious meal plays in the ability of children to stay focused and learn. What's next? Booting a kid off the school bus because his parents are late on their mortgage payment?
That moron should be fired on principle; shame on them.
Speaking of shame, San Francisco multi-billionaire Thomas Perkins doesn't seem to possess any.
Despite having a net worth of over $8 (with a B) billion and having once dropped $150 million on a yacht, Perkins took to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal to stick up for maligned gazillionaires all across the country by equating the growing progressive movement against the massive economic inequality in this nation with the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II.
Are America's billionaires being secretly herded off to camps where they're systematically beaten, starved, forced to to do back-breaking physical labor until they drop dead or are murdered in gas chambers? No.
Frankly I'm guessing Tommy would probably benefit from spending some time doing a little reading about the rise and fall of the Third Reich and the Holocaust; because his loony comparison is making him come off as dumb as a post.
America's billionaires pretty much run the show in this nation; Perkins himself once ran over a doctor with his yacht in France, killed him, was charged with manslaughter - then got off with paying a ten grand penalty.
Know where I'd be right now if I ran over a doctor in France and killed him? In a dark cell in a French prison wearing a striped beret while eating stale croissants.
Unfazed by the flood of outrage over his comments in the WSJ, Perkins reaffirmed his bizarre position in Bloomberg News; railing on about "class demonization." Awww, poor Tommy!
(In the time it's taken me to write this blog entry, the interest he's earned on his $8 billion is probably more than I'll make in a decade.)
A billionaire who lives in a 5,500 square-foot penthouse on the 60th floor of a luxury building overlooking San Francisco feels persecuted because of his wealth while elementary school children have their lunches taken away from them - land of the free and home of the brave indeed.