Robert Reich: GOP Government Shutdown Blackmail Would Starve Still More Children

In a post aptly titled The Moral Question, Reich examines the consequences of the payoff the GOP is demanding for not allowing the government to shut down on Nov. 18:

Among other items, Republicans are demanding major cuts in a nutrition program for low-income women and children. The appropriation bill the House passed June 16 would deny benefits to more than 700,000 eligible low-income women and young children next year.

What kind of country are we living in?

More than one in three families with young children is now living in poverty (37 percent, to be exact) according to a recent analysis of Census data by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies. That’s the highest percent on record. The Agriculture Department says nearly one in four young children (23.6) lives in a family that had difficulty affording sufficient food at some point last year.

“More than one in three families with young children is now living in poverty” … hell, there are third-world nations in better shape than that. This is the United Fucking States of America, and the most vulnerable one-third of our families are going hungry. What’s wrong with this picture?

I continue to try to comprehend the sheer cruelty of which the typical Republican seems capable these days. As best I can tell, they “govern” the way you or I would play a violent video game, only their motives are different. You shoot down space invaders as they descend on you; you turn a corner into a back alley and blow away violent thugs before they blow you away; you starve needy children to give almost unprecedented tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations… which one of these fantasy scenarios is not like the others?

And it’s all self-driven in an unstopped downward spiral; read Reich’s artice for all the ways in which “it gets worse.”

The thing that makes one just plain cry is that we know how to fix this. We’ve done so in the past. Reich, in an earlier column, has some concrete proposals that would do much to alleviate the worst of the suffering. But the GOP is having none of that. It must be a real thrill for them when they see that emaciated child…

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  • MandT  On Friday September 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Who could have even imagined three years ago, that the Democrat icon of Hope and Change would so willingly and decidedly preside over the collapse of the American Republic?

    • Steve  On Friday September 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      Well, MandT, IMNSHO he is a Republican…

  • MandT  On Friday September 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    OMG! I barely know LOL and ya throw me a IMNSHO! I’ll never catch up……using emoticons 🙂

    • Steve  On Friday September 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      “In my not-so-humble opinion…”

  • MandT  On Friday September 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm


    • Steve  On Saturday October 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

      You’re welcome. I don’t know why WordPress tossed your thanks into the spam bucket, but I just now found it there.

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