Leading the nation in unnecessary cruelty:
North Carolina is the first, and only, state in the nation to stop issuing vouchers for formula and nutritional food for at-risk newborns, young children and expectant mothers as part of the federal government shutdown. The aberration was noted this week in publications like Governing, a national public policy magazine, which pointed out $125 million from a USDA emergency contingency plan kept the program up and running in the 49 other states.
In neighboring South Carolina, the WIC program is continuing to run through the end of the month with state officials using other funding to stop the gap in funding until federal money flows through to the program again.
I mentioned something along these lines a week ago on Facebook:
For all the Teahadists, Libertarians, and other garden-variety Federal-government-hating neo-secessionists out there who bitch about Federal funding for state issues that come with Federal mandates and such, when all of those things could be better managed by state and local governments, now's your chance to prove it.
Now is the time for the state government to step up and provide funding for the WIC program, for extended unemployment benefits, for restocking the shelves in the food pantries, for providing adequate treatment for those suffering from mental illness, for providing health care for those in poverty, and for a whole long list of other programs that are usually funded by the Federal government.
Put your money where your mouth is, take responsibility for doing the things that need to be done, or shut the hell up. It's as simple as that.
Which...could have been said better, in retrospect. Sometimes when I see the disadvantaged being taken advantage of even more, I get a little cranky, and allow Evil Steve to guide my typing fingers some. He does have a point, though...