One area of right-wing obsession that continues to boggle the mind is that of school breakfasts and lunches. As we’ve noted on many occasions in this space, the local Pope-funded groups seem to have an almost bizarre fixation on the subject — especially the notion that (horrors!) some nine year old somewhere is getting a reduced price bowl of oatmeal even though her family income may have risen above the prescribed bureaucratic threshold. God forbid that we err on the side of getting children adequate calories!
Now, comes word of a parallel and strightforward attack on feeding kids at the federal level. This is from a report by the good folks at Think Progress:
“House Republicans recently proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income childrenoff automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Those same kids and 1.5 million other people will also lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp benefits) that help them afford food at home.
Ten years’ worth of these nutrition cuts could be prevented for the price of one year of tax cuts on 3,340 multimillion dollar estates that House Republicans are protecting in their budget.”
The bottom line: There’s lots of room for debate when it comes to federal spending on any number of items. And, like all programs involving humans, it seems certain that there is inefficiency in the school breakfast and lunch program. But, good grief! At some point basic humanity needs to kick in. How do these people look in the mirror every morning after having proposed to eliminate more than a quarter million kids from such a basic program?