Readin’ Writin’ with Stomach Churnin’

February 28, 2011

As the protests across the US against GOP governmental operations — Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, and on and on — gain momentum against the budget-busting, don’t-give-a-shit attitude of right-wing politicans whose exploits fly in the face of a big chunk of America’s children, who can’t do much learning while hungry.
From UPI:

Two-thirds of U.S. teachers say some children regularly come to school too hungry to learn — some having had no dinner the night before, a survey indicates.

“I’ve had lots of students come to school — not just one or two — who put their heads down and cry because they haven’t eaten since lunch yesterday,” Stacey Frakes, an elementary teacher at Greenville Elementary School in Madison County, Fla., says in a statement.

And this ain’t no giggle.

More from Ms Frakes via USAToday:

When she asked them what was wrong, they’d tell her they hadn’t had any breakfast.
She kept peanut butter crackers on hand to give them, and one time gave a student her own lunch.
She says hungry students “couldn’t focus at all. All they could think about was wanting food. They would ask, ‘What time is lunch? Is it lunchtime yet?’ “
It’s was hard to teach them when “they are thinking about their next good meal,” Frakes says.

It’s been said an army travels on its stomach, and children need food to not only to learn, but to LIVE.
Results of the survey can be found here.

Paul Krugman, in his post this morning in the NYT, looks at Texas and how the GOP crowd there has ruined their children’s tomorrow.
A couple of snips:

Now, politicians — and especially, in my experience, conservative politicians — always claim to be deeply concerned about the nation’s children.
Back during the 2000 campaign, then-candidate George W. Bush, touting the “Texas miracle” of dramatically lower dropout rates, declared that he wanted to be the “education president.”
Today, advocates of big spending cuts often claim that their greatest concern is the burden of debt our children will face.
In practice, however, when advocates of lower spending get a chance to put their ideas into practice, the burden always seems to fall disproportionately on those very children they claim to hold so dear.

But here’s the thing: While low spending may sound good in the abstract, what it amounts to in practice is low spending on children, who account directly or indirectly for a large part of government outlays at the state and local level.
And in low-tax, low-spending Texas, the kids are not all right.
The high school graduation rate, at just 61.3 percent, puts Texas 43rd out of 50 in state rankings. Nationally, the state ranks fifth in child poverty; it leads in the percentage of children without health insurance.
And only 78 percent of Texas children are in excellent or very good health, significantly below the national average.

The really striking thing about all this isn’t the cruelty — at this point you expect that — but the shortsightedness.
What’s supposed to happen when today’s neglected children become tomorrow’s work force?
Anyway, the next time some self-proclaimed deficit hawk tells you how much he worries about the debt we’re leaving our children, remember what’s happening in Texas, a state whose slogan right now might as well be “Lose the future.”

Nowadays, the GOP is made up of nothing but immoral assholes, and with all the problems facing this country, and the entire freakin’ planet, the biggest challenge and the biggest hurdle are the shit-head, two-faced, lying sonofabitches like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Let them bastards eat lunch every-other-day.

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