In yet another display of TEApublican callousness, conservative pundit Bill Kristol said in an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday that no one is going to starve just because the government has shutdown.
“It’s not going to be the end of the world,” Kristol said. “Honestly, even if you’re on nutrition assistance from the federal government, I believe that no one is going to starve in Arkansas because of the shutdown.”
While Kristol’s assertion that no one will starve is probably true, it simply ignores the complications that the shutdown will induce. When a family is already living on the edge, they can’t afford to have their food supply curtailed by even a small amount.
More than 20% of the children in this country do not get sufficient food as it is, and this shutdown is going to exacerbate that problem. One of the programs to be hard hit is the WIC, a program that specifically targets the most vulnerable. To say that it is no big deal simply because they will not die is unacceptable. While a malnourished child may not die, he/she is still suffering in the greatest and richest nation in the world.
Yes, Mr. Kristol is absolutely right, there will probably be no one who starves to death due to the shutdown. But there will be increased suffering which need not occur, all in the name of getting rid of one law that the far right cannot accept.
You can watch the exchange in the video below.