‘e2’80’a6and then I work my way down in the stack to the Saturday paper, and find: ‘e2’80’9cHouse panel votes to chop food stamps.’e2’80’9d
It seems that our Ag department, dominated of course by Bush Republicans, and in a move originally suggested by the White House, are trying to help chop $50 billion out of the government, because after all, Republicans believe in Small Government and it just doesn’e2’80’99t look good to have a bigger budget and larger deficit than the Democrats built.
So let’e2’80’99s chop food stamps.
Twelve percent of US households depend on food stamps. I was a recipient myself for a short time back in the Seventies, and very glad to have them I was. Most of the 300,000 people who will have them taken away under this plan are probably as glad as I was’e2’80’94even though no doubt they would have spent an equally short time taking advantage of them, before going on to earn enough to pay the system back many times over. Certainly the 40,000 children who won’e2’80’99t be getting free breakfast at school under this Republican vision of economic responsibility are going to feel the pinch; I dare say their teachers and fellow students will notice the lack of calories in their fellows as well.
It begins to feel as if we a country just hate everyone who isn’e2’80’99t white and rich, and preferably male. Girls can’e2’80’99t have vaccines for a deadly cancer because it might make them think they can have sex without being punished. Poor people have to have their faces ground into the fact that they can’e2’80’99t afford to feed their children, because they shouldn’e2’80’99t have had children anyway if they couldn’e2’80’99t afford them. And since they mustn’e2’80’99t have an abortion because it’e2’80’99s murder, and they can’e2’80’99t get free condoms because that, too, might encourage use of the genitalia, maybe they should just die before they cause the government any more problems.
A people are judged by how they treat the least powerful among them.
We are so in trouble.
And in response to your comments, yes I realize that not all Republicans are in Bush’e2’80’99s pocket, and in fact I probably have a number of areas in which I am closer to the Republican doctrine than that of the Dems, but the entire system has become so utterly polarized that it is nearly impossible to straddle any line and remain honest. I respect John McCain for trying to do so, but would like him more if he just threw it in and declared himself a Democrat.
Sorry about the ranting, those of you who aren’e2’80’99t interested in things political. I do have things to say about the events I’e2’80’99ve done this past week, particularly the library conversation with Michael Chabon, but I will leave that for the weekend, when my mind is settled. I’e2’80’99ll just try not to read any papers in the meantime’e2’80’a6.