In yet another display of TEApublican callousness and total disregard for those of less fortunate circumstances, conservative pundit, Bill Kristol said in an appearance on Morning Joe Wednesday that no one is going to starve just because the government has shutdown.
He stated that, “It’s not going to be the end of the world, 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.”
Kristol believes that private charities will pick up the slack and in the end no one will have any less to eat than they would have had the shutdown never have happened. The reality of the situation is not as rosy as Kristol would have us believe. Food pantries across the country are already running short of supplies due to an increase in the need for assistance and a decrease in donations tied to the loss of income for many who would otherwise donate.With the government shutdown they will see an even greater loss of incoming foodstuffs with the loss of the food that they traditionally receive from the USDA.
While Kristol’s assertion that no one will starve is probably true, it simply ignores the fact that many of those people who rely on assistance from the government to keep food on the table will not have as much as they otherwise would. When a family is already living on the edge they can ill afford to have their food supply curtailed by even a small amount.
Starvation is not imminent but hunger is and to be hungry is nearly as bad as starving. Children will not perform well in school and Mom and Dad are not going to perform as well on the job with an empty stomach. To simply shrug these things off as irrelevant is to show the complete lack of any sort of compassion for ones fellow human beings.
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 by the shutdown is WIC, a program that is specifically targeted at 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 is still suffering and in the greatest and richest nation in the world that is untenable.
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.