Paul Ryan opened his mouth recently, and a bunch of shit spewed out like diarrhea after a prune eating contest. His oral defecation came at an appropriate venue: CPAC.
But while everyone is up in arms over because he and his Wisconsin cohort, Eloise Anderson, whined about poor children getting reduced or free lunch through the National School Lunch Program, there is one major detail no one is talking about.
My thought has always been around the SNAP program even when it was called "food stamps" is, why do you have this program, school program, school breakfast, school lunch, school dinner, when do we start asking parents to be responsible for their children? — Eloise Anderson
Excellent question! Why? And I, for one, am glad that politicians, including Paul Ryan, are at least allowing that question to take up brain activity in their heads. At least we know he's awake.
Before I go further, I REALLY want to emphasize that I completely disagree with everything those two douche clowns said after that. Their remarks aren't why I'm posting this.
I am a firm believer that social safety nets are part of any functioning, healthy, and productive society. I gladly pay my taxes with the hope that my money will provide a temporary and/or supplemental fiscal cushion for someone who is struggling.
However when the numbers remain the same or, as of the last five years, steadily increase, I get concerned. I damn well want to know why more and more Americans are forced to rely on government assistance. I want to know why more and more children are looking to the school system for breakfast, lunch, and possibly a third meal. I want to know why those families literally cannot feed themselves — an essential in an economically thriving nation. Most importantly, government must play a critical role in addressing these problems.
We need to be asking these questions. It's important. Regardless of whatever people feel about the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, that effort (along with Medicaid, SNAP, unemployment insurance, etc.) was never meant to be permanent replacement for self-sufficiency. I worry that it is, and I also worry that the more that status quo remains the more politicians will seek to end these programs without bothering to address why people are on them in the first place, which is the bigger problem. (Hint: it's not because people are lazy, but I guess if policymakers don't feel accountable for addressing this problem, that "Not It!" response is the way to go and keep their seat come next election season.)
Rather than waste anymore time getting angry over typical Paul Ryan behavior, I'd prefer it if we all got mad as to why more Americans are forced to rely on these supports for survival. That's a query I hope never gets off Congressional radar.
P.S. Yes I know Larry Summers isn't a Member of Congress. I just don't like him.