NC stands alone in cutting off WIC vouchers

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...

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WIC encounter today

Bringing my mom back from a therapy session, I stopped in real quick at Food Lion to fill my prescription (coffee beans). A young lady (25 at the oldest) in front of me at the checkout had a head of lettuce, one apple, a bag of grapes, and a small package of asparagus spears. After the cashier processed her WIC voucher, there was a balance of sixty-three cents outstanding. The young lady looked up in the air and sort of turned her head away from me, and whispered, "I'll just have to put something back." My heart almost broke in two.

Of course I whipped out a dollar and handed it to the cashier and said, "Just take it from this." The poor girl's face was as red as I've ever seen when she thanked me and nearly ran out of the store.

I know I helped her out of a bind, and one little problem got solved. But that sixty-three cents caused her a hell of a lot of pain and shame, and I can't help feeling some of it myself.

Jesus. They had the money.

Or I guess I should say, "have" the money. Update from NC Policywatch's Sarah Ovaska:

U.S. Rep David Price’s office confirmed with the USDA that enough contingency funds were sent to DHHS to continue the program. Price plans on sending McCrory a letter asking why, given that, NC was the only state to cease issuing vouchers.

Not one more day should go by without WIC support after this revelation.

Shameful

It seems that the very second that the GOP took control of the state, this was the sort of thing they wanted to do first.

Refuse Medicaid expansion. Cut unemployment. And now "lead the nation" (bleah!) in cutting off WIC.

And don't get me started on their cruelty to the military.

How can people be so cruel and callous? How can these people sleep at night? I can only assume that there's a special place in hell.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

How do these people sleep at night?

As others have noted, the Republican base feels that any kind of government "hand out" benefits minorities who should "get a job".

These are people who aren't living in the real world and don't understand that a) rural "white folk" are just as likely to be on government aid, b) that the poor don't really get very much assistance and barely scrap by as it is, c) that often jobs aren't available or these people just aren't hireable, and d) it can never happen to them.

People without a conscience sleep far better than you or me because they block out the world and think of nothing but themselves.

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Of course they won't step up and do this. What they really mean is that NONE of these programs should exist at ANY level of government. Any "charity" - which is how they view these "safety nets" for the economy as well as for individuals - should be provided by the Philistines who want to be providers of Noblese Oblige......It's time to remind them that "government" is the way that "free people" anticipate and respond to our own needs...one to another....you know, almost like there was some sort of practical application of the New Testament's injunctions to care for others..............

Abracadabra!

Aldona just "found" money to continue benefits through the end of October.

Only after the media began making inquiries about why NC stands alone in cutting off WIC vouchers. Good work, scharrison and US Rep. David Price.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

But no one is supposed to know

In case anyone was wondering if Communication Boy is earning his $85K salary, the answer is no.

Ricky Diaz, spokesman for N.C. DHHS, did not return a message left Thursday.

How long will people tolerate a spokesman who doesn't speak? Why does Little Ricky want to prove that his detractors -- who say he's unqualified for his job -- are right?

Fire Wos!

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

I hoped as much

The hard questions still need to be asked and answered, but easing the suffering is good news, nonetheless.