Republican Missouri Rep, Derides Gov. Spending to Feed Hungry Children: They can Get Free Food at Church or Get a Job!

June 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Cynthia Davis, a conservative Christian Republican State Rep. from Missouri, is against government spending to feed hungry children during the summer, claiming if they were allowed to go hungry, children old enough would be more likely to get a job so they can eat. “Hunger can be a positive motivator,” declared Davis, in her weekly Capitol Report column that is a case study in conservative callousness towards the poor.

In a bizarre display of tone-deafness, which is extreme even by the standards of the most hard-hearted of conservatives who are against government “hand outs’ of any kind, Rep. Davis railed against an innocuous press release announcing Missouri’s Summer Food Service Program, which plans to feed thousands of low-income children during the summer months.

Taking issue with the premise that the recession makes summer food programs more important than ever, Davis believes “[t]he reverse may be true,” because families can economize by doing without twinkies and chips and thereby save money to buy beans to feed their children. She accuses government officials of using the economic “crisis” (she added the quote marks) as an excuse for more government spending of her tax dollars.

How dare the government spend her hard earned tax dollars to feed poor children? Outraged that the summer program cost $9.8 million, “[t]hat money is coming from us,” said Davis. She proposes that hungry children instead, should be forced to rely on the charity of friends and neighbors and go to church for a free meal, like “…they did when Louisiana had a hurricane,” helpfully added Davis.

She disputes the notion that some parents are unable to provide nutritious food to their children, but even if that’s true, Davis doesn’t want to pay to feed them, saying “…who created a new rule that says government must make up for any lack at home?”

Perhaps one of her more profane statements, and there are many in her ignorant weekly rants, Davis proclaims that the rising incidence of childhood obesity is evidence that childhood hunger doesn’t exist. “People who are struggling with lack of food usually do not have an obesity problem,” said Davis. She decided to ignore the studies showing the increased risk of obesity among the nation’s poor, who must rely on cheap starchy and higher fat foods to feed their families.

Davis ends her rant against feeding poor children, by questioning the program’s aim to feed all qualified low-income children ages 18 and under. Saying 16-year-old children can get a job if they are hungry. And the ever helpful Davis offers hungry teens some advice, “Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break.”

There are just no words to express Davis’ nineteenth century Charles Dickens attitude towards the poor, If Davis has her way, hungry children would be on the streets waiting in church soup lines and selling pencils.

Ironically and frighteningly, Davis chairs the Special Committee on Children and Families and the Interim Committee on Poverty. In Davis’ world, childhood hunger doesn’t exist and if it does, it’s not the government’s problem. After all, that’s why churches run soup kitchens.

The government needs to administrate justice, and the churches need to be merciful. That’s why churches and non-profits receive such substantial tax benefits,” said Davis in yet another one of her weekly rants against government spending.

Davis lives in St. Charles County, one of the wealthiest districts in Missouri. If she doesn’t see hunger and poverty where she lives, in her mind it doesn’t exist.

Meanwhile, in the rest of her state, 16 percent of all Missouri children live in poverty, with at least 637,891 people in the state living at or below the federal poverty level. You may choose not to recognize it Rep. Davis, but childhood hunger exists and shame on you for advocating against public spending to ease the hunger pains of children.

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8 Responses to “Republican Missouri Rep, Derides Gov. Spending to Feed Hungry Children: They can Get Free Food at Church or Get a Job!”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 22nd, 2009 4:32 pm

    Need we point out that the Republican Party is the Party who *forced* Louisiana hurricane victims to rely on church and neighbor charity, when the ruling Nazi Party under Bush and Cheney refused to provide adequate disaster relief?

    Republicans are wealthy and selfish, and completely disinterested in the good of the nation – all they care about is making themselves richer, even if it means killing the children of the poor to do so. Either send them off to die in foreign wars started by Republicans, or starve them to death in the streets – whatever works, as long as the Republicans get richer.

    Remember, a vote for a Republican is a vote for Hitler and Stalin!

  2. Randty Turner on June 23rd, 2009 3:54 am

    This is just the most recent in Cynthia Davis’ outrageous statements. I have posted links on my blogs to audios and vidoes in which she questions the knowledge of rural people and says, “I would have liked for us to have freed the slaves without shooting those people.”

  3. garyro on June 23rd, 2009 8:39 am

    Davis is correct, hunger can be a motivator. One hopes it “motivates” folks to replace her next election, those that hunger for better leadership in Missouri.

    Davis is only one of a number of outright silly and stupid leaders in Missouri. However, the ignorant and stupid chatter is what a lot of voters in this state wish to hear instead of honest debate.

    Alas, I do not see the quality of leadership improving in this state for some time.

  4. dirb on June 23rd, 2009 10:17 am

    WOW! Scarey lady! Thank god she’s not my senator. I do hope Missourians rise up to the occasion an not re-elect her.

    A new age has come – that is one of universal oneness – care, compassion, understanding and WORKING TOGETHER to create a fairer more equitable society at home and globally. Or we (the rich/U.S) can continue to isolate themselves from true realities of life.

    Davis she also be aware that due to the economic crisis, jobs for 16 yrs olds are not there because of the high adult unemployment rate, that she seems to have turned a blind eye.

  5. Peter on June 24th, 2009 8:59 pm

    Which word does not fit within the other words:

    Compassion – Cultural Diversity – Understanding – Empathy – Republicans – Non-Racist

    It is ok to have a debate with people from the other side…. But when that other side has a dangerous way of thinking….. then our duty is to object as we are all doing.

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