Too bad Republican Scott Walker will not be at the table of one of his former food stamp recipients.
Scott, like many right-wingers, enjoys the illusion that religious charities provide better for struggling people than the government. In fact, they like to believe that once people touch the government, they will be rendered dependent. And they’re right — hungry people become dependent on food.
The Milwaukee-based Hunger Task Force supplies “food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters with emergency food.” Executive director Sherrie Tussler says about Wisconsin’s politicians and their heartless budget slashing:
“They will bankrupt our food banks.”
FoodShare is Wisconsin’s food stamp program, which did serve about 770,000 people, but the state changed its rule about who is eligible for this program. Beginning this past April:
“If you’re an able-bodied adult without children living at home, you must work at least 80 hours a month or look for work to stay in the program.”
Within three months, the state dropped nearly one-fourth of the people enrolled in FoodShare, but there is a twisted logic at work in Walker’s government. He drove thousands of the local, available jobs away from Wisconsin, and then he tied FoodShare to employment. What a miserable plan.
Only 7 percent of the people living in Milwaukee County, which contains about half of all people eligible for the FoodShare Employment and Training program, found employment. It is hard to imagine how the state’s unemployed could remain hopeful.
“It is becoming increasingly likely that, come Christmas Eve, Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their Midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, will be visited by three very angry spirits—the Ghosts of Christmas Past, the Ghost Of Christmas Present, and the Ghost Of Let Me Hit You With This Croquet Mallet.”
“This is stupid. This is cruel…Merry Christmas, all ye poor people of Wisconsin. You are nothing but a line item now.”
Walker shows us just how poorly the Republicans’ great shrinking-goverment experiment has, without question, failed their people.