Skip to comments.King County [WA] Executive: Shutdown taking food out of babies' mouths
Posted on 10/10/2013 1:22:46 PM PDT by matt1234
Politicians are trading rhetoric and needy mothers are frightened by the prospect of a continuing shutdown of the federal government that threatens the funding for a crucial nutrition program.
"This federal shutdown lends itself to hyperbole, but this is no exaggeration, they are literally taking the food out of babies' mouths," says King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Constantine stood with a nursing mother of three children at a White Center health clinic to call on Congress to end the shutdown.
Crystal Reugger's husband is on furlough and the family depends on the federally-funded nutrition program known as WIC. But WIC is in jeopardy. Funding runs out Oct. 31.
"Without my husband being able to work, we don't have money coming in at all. So to hear this, to know that they're playing with people's lives, it's devastating, and really stressful," says Reugger.
Constantine says county employees who administer WIC have been notified of potential layoffs.
"The layoff notices are being sent to 82 employees. This has the potential to affect up to 38,000 people in King County, with a financial impact up to $30 million."
The WIC program provides health screenings and vouchers for food and infant formula. I talked to Crystal Reugger as she held her 5-month-old son, Ryan, her toddler daughter, and 5-year-old in tow.
"She can't have regular dairy. So without the WIC checks, we don't have anything for her to drink, and without the WIC checks I don't have anything for my 5-year-old to eat because she pretty much only likes vegetables."
Constantine says the county has been propping up social services for years, but it doesn't have the money to step in here.
"It's time for Congress to stop holding America's future hostage and to get back to the jobs for which they were elected," he says.
Reugger doesn't know what will happen, but she does know that she is scared.
Where is Dad?
Dad is on “furlough.” In other words, they are getting welfare AND have a government job. I’ll bet they have two Escalades.
Crystal Reugger’s husband is on furlough and the family depends on the federally-funded nutrition program known as WIC. But WIC is in jeopardy. Funding runs out Oct. 31.
How long has he been on furlough?
Why can’t he go to work while furloughed? Lazy shit. Feed your own dang kids.
“The family depends on the federally funded nutrition program known as WIC.”
There’s the problem: the family probably SHOULDN’T depend on the gummint for its food. The family should be responsible for obtaining its own food.
And by the way, WIC is not a “nutritional program.” It is a welfare program, nothing more.
Maybe mom can go to work while he’s furloughed. McDonald’s is hiring. I think they just canned the mooch who threatened the boss over not making $15/hour. Saw it in the other thread. So I know one job is available.
Maybe a shot of the toddler dumpster-diving would’ve been more effective. Merely whining about WIC is getting so trite.
He can stay home and play mr. mom while she works for a change.
Then, when he goes back to work and they get his back pay windfall, she can buy a new house coat, some snickers bars and watch tv all day again.
If true, he needs to write a strong letter to Obummer.
Seattle is overflowing with liberal idiots! The Dems constantly pass job killing measures which takes food out of babies mouths. But Dems don’t want to work for their food. They want it free.
But but she will demand $15 too!
Maybe mom can go to work while hes furloughed. McDonalds is hiring.”
Or they can all go to West Texas or even Dakota and work in the oil patch. Lots and lots and lots of jobs that pay well if you are willing to work.
She sure hasn’t missed any meals.
I’m quite sure we’ve fed her too much.
I think she’s eating her food and the kid’s food too.
Same site, different article:
The nation is devolving into communist-level absurdity, complete with agitprop such as the original post.
The family has EBT / SNAP / Foodstamps.
Come on. They’re worried about their Secondary Federal Teat?
There’s always the church food pantry. But you might have to straighten up and hear about G-d.
WIC is another worthless and wasteful program. When did it start with “health screenings”? I only remember it as a limited food voucher program.
But, as usual, this Dem is lying and trying to create panic that isn’t necessary. Only low IQ voters buy this crap.
Dow Consantine is one of our total communists that Seattle fools like to elect
She’s nursing, right?
I’ll not make the comment I am thinking. It isn’t ladylike and I might be banned.