Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Taking food from the mouths of babies

This stuff really pisses me off. Consider this answer about why Boehner is doing what he is doing:
EK: This may be a bit of an odd question, but why does Boehner want to do his job like this under these circumstances? From the outside, it seems like a miserable existence. 
RC: I think John Boehner is frustrated by leading the Republicans in the House but I think he very much loves being speaker. To understand him you have to understand that. He gets to the Capitol early. He relishes the job and the position but he doesn’t relish being at odds so often with his members. He loves being a major American political figure, but he’s not a Newt Gingrich-like figure trying to lead the party in a certain direction. He’s just trying to survive and enjoy it while it lasts.
With this:
The federal government shutdown already has led at least one state to shutter a nutritional food program for struggling women and infants on Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Saturday that a shutdown would hobble the $7 billion Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The program, known as WIC, provides healthy-food vouchers, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to roughly 9 million poor women and their children.
That's right, the Speaker loves the perks of his job and being in the national limelight so much that he is willing to let children and infants go without nutrition in order to preserve his position. The dude doesn't even have an end game, at least none that I can see. Right now he is placating the suicide caucus by keeping the government shut down, but eventually this will get worked out. I don't see how he can let that happen without incurring the wrath of teatards.