Hunger is a Lesson

So old post is old, but: Cynthia Davis, ladies and gentlemen.Those of you who like that sort of thing can take special note of the crucifix around her neck. I wonder if she wears it in tribute to the Roman system of capital punishment. Efficient, crucifixion was. Talk about a deterrent. One might even call it a motivator:

Who’s buying dinner? Who is getting paid to serve the meal? Churches
and other non-profits can do this at no cost to the taxpayerif it is warranted. […]Bigger governmental programs take away our connectedness to the human family, our brotherhood and our need for one another. […] Anyone under 18 can be eligible? Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16?Hunger can be a positive motivator.
What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better
meals? Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free
during your break. […]It really is all about increasing
government spending, which means an increase in taxes for us to buy
more free lunches and breakfasts.

What a prize she is. Commenters for the win:

Yeah, what the hell was wrong with that dumb
hippie Jesus, turning a few loaves of bread and a couple fishes in to
enough to feed thousands? Didn’t he know that hunger is a good
motivator and character builder? What a dirty commie scumbag!

You know, absolutely no one waxes philosophic about the benefits of hunger unless he’s presently in front of a full dinner plate. Catastrophically shitty things are only useful lessons later, when you have to make yourself laugh or look wise about stuff because otherwise it’s too awful to contemplate. Later, when the crisis is over, it’s all, “This was good for me,” as you’re picking up the pieces. If it wasn’t good for you, if it wasn’t a learning experience, it would just be you, busted and broken by bad fortune for no reason at all. We have to believe there’s a purpose in what happens to us, in that it gets us to the next thing, but let’s not for a moment pretend that makes it feel better at the time.

I wonder if anybody will offer to introduce Cynthia Davis to some of these children. Maybe then she can tell them to their faces about how their hunger should be used for capitalist inspiration. Is there anything on this planet more infuriating and tiresome than somebody else telling you, with a sickly smile and a pat on the head, what kind of lessons your personal apocalypse should be teaching you?


5 thoughts on “Hunger is a Lesson

  1. Welcome to republicans in Missouri.
    Of course, she ignores that so many out of work adults are applying at McDonalds that the kids can’t get employed there for the summer.
    Of course, if you grew up in an upper class home, your daddy had the connections to make sure you got the prize summer jobs.

  2. Oh, yeah. She’s a peach. Here’s one of her Texas GOP bitch-sistern, Harris County Representative Debbie Riddle, a Republican who holds an Associate’s degree and breeds horses — she’s also the wife of a Houston lawyer (naturally: that’s where the money to keep sending her BACK to the House to screw over people of less financial means comes from):
    In a March 6, 2003 interview with the El Paso Times, Debbie Riddle was quoted as saying:
    “Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell. And it’s cleverly disguised as having a tender heart. It’s not a tender heart. It’s ripping the heart out of this country.” [1]
    The quote came after a Border and International Affairs Committee meeting during the Seventy-eighth Texas Legislature, in which the state faced a budget deficit of $10 billion,[1] and was linked to a discussion Riddle had during the hearing regarding proposed health care cuts. The witness claimed that health care cuts would cause serious damage to border area hospitals, which Riddled countered with the claim that illegal immigrants were responsible for the financial strains.[1]
    Riddle was further quoted as saying “In a perfect world, I think it would be wonderful to open our doors to any and all, young and old, for health care. But this isn’t a perfect world. We have got to decide if we are going to just open our borders for any and all that come through for health care, education, and services.”[1]
    The comment was met almost instantly with both opposition and support from both ends of the political spectrum.
    Texas Democrats claimed the statement was bigoted and “the product of an antipathy toward non-Anglo inhabitants of the state” and the Harris County Democratic Party called for her to resign from her position on the Border Affairs Committee.[2] The Mexican American Legislative Caucus stated that “Our constitutional mandate comes not from the pit of hell. It comes from our state’s forefathers.”[3]
    At the same time, the Unidas Hispanic Women’s Club and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Harris County praised Riddle for the quote and honored her at a dinner at the conclusion of session. Reggie Gonzalez, chairman for the Republican Hispanic Outreach Committee of Harris County said in a press release: “The liberal opposition to Representative Riddle’s comments offends me as a Hispanic citizen. Their opposition only strengthens this negative stereotype of Hispanic immigrants, by implying that they need a lower standard of accountability. This implication is detrimental to the cause of Mexican-Americans everywhere.”[4]
    1. ^ a b c d “Legislators Question Border Health”, El Paso Times; March 6, 2003
    2. ^ Harris County Democratic Party – Message From The Chair: April 2003
    3. ^ The Austin Chronicle: News: Naked City: Beyond City Limits
    4. ^ Texas House of Representatives
    More money than God, less brains than the average dust mite.

  3. “You know, absolutely no one waxes philosophic about the benefits of hunger unless he’s presently in front of a full dinner plate.”
    I think Brecht said something similar.

  4. If McDonald’s is like any other food place I’ve worked in, no. They don’t give you a free lunch. They’d prefer you not take a break, also.

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