It’s not been discussed much among well-to-do circles, or veen in general conversation, but what the sequestration legislation has done to the funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is absolutely horrible.

A primer: WIC was created in 1972 by a bill created by Sen. Hubert H Humphrey. It provides nutrietional vouchers to women and children under 185% of the poverty line, or ~$45,000 for a family of four. $45K may sound like a lot of money, but once split over four ways, including dollars spent on housing, medical bills and transportation, it’s super low.

Reasonable people can disagree; in fact in the USA it seems to be part of the lifeblood of our common discourse.  But when disagreements over spending end up cutting nutritional health for poor children and the working poor a line has to be made. Why WIC was ever on the table at all for sequestration is beyond me.

Are there really people who loathe their fellow citizens that much that they would literally take food out of children’s mouths?

Like I said, I am open to disagreement, I find it good for civil society, but there ought to be a common line of decency, and if this isn’t it, where is it?

 

 

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