"...my question is what poor excuse for a parent can't rustle up a bowl of cereal and a banana?" — Kate O'Beirne, Washington editor for the National Review.
Kate O'Beirne isn't sure of a lot of things these days as the video above shows us. And it's not limited to her inability to speak well into a microphone.
O'Beirne is confused about school breakfasts and the need for them. She doesn't seem to know about food deserts because she thinks everyone has access to bananas.
I just don’t get why millions of school children qualify for school breakfasts unless we have a major wide spread problem with child neglect.
We shouldn't be terribly surprised than an editor and columnist for the National Review wouldn't understand poverty. And she probably doesn't spend time in neighborhoods where finding a banana is rather difficult.
O'Beirne referred to the school food programs as having "broad bipartisan support." The vote earlier this month might not indicate that, and if the programs had this "broad bipartisan support" — then we should have had a non-inflationary increase (even at 6¢) more than once every 36 years.
Having a world where every kid gets a nutritious breakfast every morning before leaving for school — wow, even June Cleaver wouldn't believe that could happen. But O'Beirne believes that is possible.
As difficult as that would be in normal circumstances, O'Beirne's comments are even more insulting at a time where food pantries are being used at all-time highs.
If O'Beirne would like to be not so confused (and there isn't anything to believe she wants to know), we invite her into neighborhoods where bananas are scarce, where parents with the best of intentions, don't give themselves or their children a great breakfast in the morning. And if somehow O'Beirne does go on these trips, please have her bring soon-to-be ex-Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who whittled down a potentially strong raise in the school lunch program to only 6¢.
Wikipedia lists O'Beirne as having two sons, so we know she is a mom. Though in her household, a domestic servant probably fed the kids for breakfast and made them lunches, and the kids probably didn't even go to public schools. If she does go on this hypothetical journey, she should bring her two sons who can share memories of those great breakfasts they had growing up.