Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Grinch) knows what it is like to struggle on a meager income. As he explained in a 2011 town hall meeting, he couldn’t vote to cut his $174,000 annual salary, because he had enough trouble making ends meet raising his family of seven. This was said without irony or self-awareness, because this is what conservative hypocrites do.
When not scolding truly low income people for their life choices and alleged lack of responsibility, conservatives feel free to discard any sense of propriety for their own decisions. When hiding behind elaborate rationalizations for the maintenance of their income and material well-being, they are swift to slash and burn the safety net that keeps millions of American families from homelessness and hunger. This apparent divide in their thinking is often called the “empathy gap.” A better term might be “jerk chasm.”
Duffy threw dynamite in this chasm when he and his fellow Republicans recently voted to cut $40 billion from the SNAP program. As food banks are feeling the holiday pressure, the timing could not be more damaging. Not to worry, because Duffy has the perfect solution for his district — a “Hunger and Homelessness Summit” which will be conducted in Wausau, Wisconsin exactly one week before Christmas.
In an official statement, Duffy revealed he has bigger balls than the National Christmas Tree. The numbers among his constituents are fairly damning:
In 2011 and 2012, 13.5% of homes in the 7th Congressional District faced food hardships, including 22.7% of our children. Additionally, over 2,000 individuals received documented care from homeless shelters, not to mention the thousands that did not receive care or live ‘couch-to-couch.’
He also stressed the need for “public and private partnership.” Translation: ‘Bootstraps and privatization, because I have gutted public funding like trout from the Wisconsin River!’
Empty rhetoric about “partnerships’ aside,” be assured that photos from the event will make a nice addition to his first fund-raising letters of 2014. Just don’t use them to wrap that trout.
h/t: Freak Out Nation