Skip to comments.Farm Bill - A Slap at Schoolchildren
Posted on 05/06/2008 1:23:56 PM PDT by The_Republican
How can the world's hungriest schoolchildren be denied meals while the farm bill being debated in a House-Senate conference provides millions in subsidies for wealthy farmers? That's what Congress proposes. In all fairness, it should not become law.
We are puzzled that Congress wants to increase overall farm bill spending by billions of dollars yet reduce by more than 90 percent the mandatory funding to feed hungry children. The program at issue saves lives and has a proven ability to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness in poor countries.
We are not expressing disagreement because the program, supported by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, bears our names. We believe, simply put, that a costly humanitarian mistake would be made. Funding for the program would go from $840 million over five years to $60 million this coming year. After that, there would be no guarantee of funding at all. The $840 million in funding represents less than 1 percent of the proposed total spending in the farm bill. At a time when increasingly high food prices are pushing millions of families around the globe deeper into poverty, we must step up, not reduce, our efforts to feed hungry schoolchildren.
For just a few cents a day per child, the McGovern-Dole Program has made a critical difference in the lives of children and communities worldwide, promoted American values in the most positive terms, and helped achieve U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. By providing meals to children who attend school in the poorest countries, the program increases attendance rates and student productivity and gives hope to a new generation of impoverished children around the world. The impact on young girls is particularly important. As their school attendance increases, they marry later and birthrates are reduced.
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This article seems to be going in two different directions at once. The first sentence had me seeing red, but the rest of the article had enough common sense spread through it that it distracted me from the frequent instances of libtard BS about an epidemic tide of starving school children.
Children that, (cue Sally Struthers music) “for pennies a day (the price of a cup of coffee)” could survive and send me letters with a picture describing how my tax dollars rescued them from poverty and full price lunches in the cafeteria.
uh, the kids in those countries have a lineage that has almost a 3 million year head start on most of ours, too bad their relatives couldn’t figure it out with that much of a head start... not my problem!
I thought these guys were dead.
What do you expect from an article co-written by George McGovern and Bob Dole?
Hey, here’s an idea - let’s just not give anybody any money.
Spending on nutrition programs will total about 400 billion over the next 10 years accounting for about 70% of of the total cost of the farm bill.