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Posted: March 7, 2014
By: Clay Cerny

Paul Ryan claims to care about poor people.  During a speech at a conservative conference, he said Democrats support school lunch programs so children can have “full bellies and empty souls.”  Disgusting.  How can anyone talk about poor children in such a callous way?  I understand that Ryan and his fellow conservatives believe that the state should not provide a safety net.  While I disagree with that belief, it is not the same thing as claiming that state programs empty our souls.  The last time I checked good Pope Francis was teaching Jesus’ message to care for the poor.  Ryan must understand the message to be that Jesus wants us to cut food programs for children – in the name of saving their souls.

Paul Krugman discusses this story in a much more intelligent way.  I’m too livid to try to be rational about this.  Over 20% of the children in America live in poverty.  Most of the nutrition they receive comes when they are at school.  Save their souls – and transfer the money to billionaires and corporations.  That’s true morality.