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King County [WA] Executive: Shutdown taking food out of babies' mouths
mynorthwest.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Tim Haeck

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: wa; washington
King County seat: Seattle
1 posted on 10/10/2013 1:22:46 PM PDT by matt1234
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To: matt1234

Where is Dad?


2 posted on 10/10/2013 1:29:10 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: hadaclueonce

Dad is on “furlough.” In other words, they are getting welfare AND have a government job. I’ll bet they have two Escalades.


3 posted on 10/10/2013 1:31:02 PM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: matt1234

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.


4 posted on 10/10/2013 1:31:07 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: matt1234

“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.


5 posted on 10/10/2013 1:31:15 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: KittenClaws

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.


6 posted on 10/10/2013 1:35:00 PM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: matt1234

Oh bruuuuuuuther.

Maybe a shot of the toddler dumpster-diving would’ve been more effective. Merely whining about WIC is getting so trite.

/sarc


7 posted on 10/10/2013 1:35:58 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: henkster
You are right.

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.

8 posted on 10/10/2013 1:37:07 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: matt1234

If true, he needs to write a strong letter to Obummer.


9 posted on 10/10/2013 1:39:08 PM PDT by expat2
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To: matt1234

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.


10 posted on 10/10/2013 1:46:59 PM PDT by opres
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To: henkster

But but she will demand $15 too!


11 posted on 10/10/2013 1:46:59 PM PDT by opres
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To: henkster

Maybe mom can go to work while he’s furloughed. McDonald’s 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.


12 posted on 10/10/2013 1:51:08 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: matt1234

https://www.facebook.com/Crystal.Ruegger


13 posted on 10/10/2013 1:51:12 PM PDT by CityCenter (The solution to all problems is spiritual.)
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To: CityCenter

She sure hasn’t missed any meals.

I’m quite sure we’ve fed her too much.


14 posted on 10/10/2013 1:53:31 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("So the minimum plan for obamacare is 100 bucks a month I like you Obama but nigga I'm broke")
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To: CityCenter

15 posted on 10/10/2013 1:54:22 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("So the minimum plan for obamacare is 100 bucks a month I like you Obama but nigga I'm broke")
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To: Uncle Miltie

I think she’s eating her food and the kid’s food too.


16 posted on 10/10/2013 1:54:28 PM PDT by CityCenter (The solution to all problems is spiritual.)
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To: opres
But but she will demand $15 too!

Same site, different article:

Seattle mayor would support minimum wage above $15

The nation is devolving into communist-level absurdity, complete with agitprop such as the original post.

17 posted on 10/10/2013 1:54:46 PM PDT by matt1234 (The NRA: Redefining "Too big to fail.")
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To: matt1234

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.


18 posted on 10/10/2013 1:55:56 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("So the minimum plan for obamacare is 100 bucks a month I like you Obama but nigga I'm broke")
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To: matt1234

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.


19 posted on 10/10/2013 1:58:09 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Park Service employees "following orders" should be SHAMED and SHUNNED!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Dow Consantine is one of our total communists that Seattle fools like to elect


20 posted on 10/10/2013 2:01:30 PM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: matt1234

She’s nursing, right?


21 posted on 10/10/2013 3:10:58 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: matt1234

I’ll not make the comment I am thinking. It isn’t ladylike and I might be banned.


22 posted on 10/10/2013 5:15:57 PM PDT by jch10 ("Normandy was closed when we got there too!")
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