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Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Guest Contributor, Health, Politics | 5 comments

A Child, By Any Other Name, Would Taste as Good

I already posted the “cartoon” that goes with this, so here, again:

“Poor People Do Not Deserve to Have Children”
Mijin Cha / PolicyShop

I received a phone call today from someone who had seen Demos’ Vice President, Heather McGhee, on MSNBC talking about why people need food stamps.  The caller stated, “People who are poor do not deserve to have children.  I’ve seen these people with 1,2, 5 children.

It’s easy to dismiss this as the ravings of a lunatic but the truth is that this mentality is all too pervasive, even though it is repulsive both as a matter of public policy and as a moral value….

congress hungry little girl

And you thought I was kidding …

Ironically, many of these are the same who claim that abortion in cases of rape and incest is wrong, “because the babies didn’t do anything wrong.”

Is there anything as twist-0-flex as a ‘conservative’s mind?

And, as noted earlier in the week*, the  Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals UN-gutted Texas’ blatantly unconstitutional (at least until the ‘Dred’ pirate Roberts and his scurvy crew of cutthroats get their bloody paws on it), abortion restrictions  in nearly record time.

[* “The Longhorns of the Dilemma” 28 October 2013]

Abortion in Texas?

De facto illegal.

Forcing mothers to bring unwanted children into the world so that congress can starve the poor ones?




Don’t leave the Middle Ages without it.



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.

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  • JSpencer

    Wouldn’t it be great if everyone knew the importance of family planning and never had kids before they were capable of taking care of them? Unfortunately this isn’t the world we live in. As you suggest, Middle Aged mentalities aren’t the solution. Children are innocent and shouldn’t have to suffer at the hands of delusional ideologues.

  • sheknows

    Thanks Hart…You get right to the heart of the matter and it is well said.

    I have read rt. wing blogs and heard actual Republican co-workers in the past express exactly the same thing.
    We should not forget the past though. The R’s of today, were once the R’s of the 1860’s. The same people who implemented poor houses, and watched as people died in the streets…literally. It is a mind set in a very dark portion of the human brain. The portion that rules in an illusory world of superiority, greed, and insensitivity.

    I know a Republican who lost his job, had a stroke, cannot work and is living with his ageing mother and brother, who is already on SSDI. He actually believes, that he is not one of the ” poor” people. That he is still a contributing part of society and would NEVER consider taking food stamps like “THOSE” people do..or even apply for Obamacare…preferring to pay $475 a mo for COBRA.
    I do not know if Democrats become so twisted and cult like in their thinking, but somehow I doubt it. I believe the continual cultivation of generosity of spirit and concern for our fellow man, keeps us from becoming so hardened and blind.

  • ordinarysparrow

    Hart this post left we with the question on the wealth of the Congress members compared to the ones eligible for food stamps…

    Will share a bit on the search of the the people willing to take the food from babies, children, military and their families that are willing to sacrifice their life for this country, as well as indigent elderly and disabled….

    Less than 2% of Congress come from the working class, a figure that’s stayed constant for the last century, said Nick Carnes, assistant public policy professor at Duke University.

    By The Week Staff | December 27, 2011

    According to new data, the median net worth of a House member is 35 times that of an average American…

    Members of Congress leave the U.S. Capitol: The median net worth of House members is $704,500 greater than that of their constituents.

    Members of Congress leave the U.S. Capitol: The median net worth of House members is $704,500 greater than that of their constituents.
    Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    The economic disparity between U.S. Congress members and the constituents they represent is growing, according to new data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Between 2004 and 2010, the median net worth of members of Congress jumped 15 percent, while the median net worth for the average American dropped eight percent. This is concerning, says Peter Whoriskey at The Washington Post, because “the growth of income inequality has tracked very closely with measures of political polarization.” Here’s how the widening gap breaks down:

    Median net worth of a House member in 1984, adjusted for inflation, according to The Washington Post

    Median net worth of a House member in 2009, an increase of 160 percent over 25 years

    Median net worth of a Congress member when the Senate body is included, according to The New York Times

    These are figures for the average American wealth….

    How much more it would be for those that are eligible to receive foodstamps?

    Yet, these same Congress members are willing to back legislation that benefits themselves…

    American democracy, representation of the people by the people, is merely illusion in our Capitalistic Nation… Something is so very wrong with our country these days….

  • KP

    I can’t get used to this runnin’ around … I found myself chasin’ the blues that I found … 6 O’clock bad news is on every day … People are shootin’ … some getting paid … The weather report was the best news of the day …

    Elua ’75

    Cecilio and Kapono

  • ordinarysparrow

    How true KP… giggle…feel the same way….

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