Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) equated government programs that prevent people from dying of starvation with slavery in a new profile of his medical practice
published today, revealing himself to hold a view of the role of
government so limited as to nearly define the state out of existence.
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“As humans, yeah, we do have an obligation to give people water, to give
people food, to give people health care,” Paul allowed, “but it’s not a
right because once you conscript people and say, ‘Oh, it’s a right,’
then really you’re in charge, it’s servitude, you’re in charge of me and
I’m supposed to do whatever you tell me to do.”
Paul openly acknowledges in the article that the “rights are slavery” argument “often gets me in trouble.” He’s used to getting heat on this one and
just doesn’t care. It’s what he believes.
Someone needs a "come to Jesus" moment. Matthew 25:31-46. For Tea-Publicans, Ayn Rand laissez-faire "free market" moral nihilism has been elevated to a socio-economic-religious dogma.
When Congress comes back from its recess in September, it is going to take up the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka food stamps appropriation bill, from which the Randian "we hate poor people" Tea-Publicans want to cut $40 billion dollars. It is minor children who are the primary beneficiaries of food stamps. And it is not nearly enough. Child Hunger So Common That Three-Quarters Of Teachers Have Hungry Students:
Three-quarters of America’s teachers have students who routinely show up to school hungry
and half say hunger is a serious problem in their classrooms, according
to No Kid Hungry’s annual educator survey. The numbers represent a
significant jump from last summer, when about three in five teachers
surveyed routinely taught hungry kids.
The report also notes that free- and reduced-price breakfast programs
are hugely under-enrolled. Twenty-one million kids eat school lunch,
but just 11 million eat school breakfast. Previous research has shown
that child hunger has a profound impact
on educational achievement. Closing the school breakfast gap by just
half would produce over 3 million kids with higher test scores and over
800,000 more high school graduates. Hungry kids are at far greater risk
of emotional and psychological problems that undermine their education, are far more likely to drop out of high school, and struggle to keep up with the cognitive development of their adequately-fed peers.
Yet Congressional Republicans have proposed cuts to the federal food
stamps program that would exacerbate the hungry student problem. The
initial $20.5 billion in cuts was predicted to boot 210,000 children from school meals programs
that are tied to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
and the House GOP now plans to cut closer to $40 billion from the
program after returning from summer recess.
What do you say about a political party that would starve children to continue tax breaks to corporations and wealthy elite plutocrats?