June 28, 2009

Cynthia Davis Deserves a Break Today!


“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.”
– ChattahBox, “Republican Missouri Rep. Derides Gov. Spending to Feed Hungry Children: They can Get Free Food at Church or Get a Job!” June 22, 2009.

“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.”
Comment by garyro on June 23rd, 2009 8:39 am at

“As a region the South has the largest number of children going hungry. Of the 10 states with the highest rates of food insecure children under 5 years of age, eight are in the South: Louisiana has the highest rate (24.2 percent) of food insecurity in the country followed by North Carolina (24.1), Ohio (23.8), Kentucky (23.3), Texas (23.3), New Mexico (23.3), Kansas (20.9), South Carolina (20.7), Tennessee (20.4), Idaho (20.2), Arkansas (20), West Virginia (19.8), and Missouri (19.8).
“Totalling the number of food insecure children for the 13 Southern states included in the Institute for Southern’s Studies coverage map, the data provided by Feeding America shows that more than 4.7 million children face hunger in the South – 1.2 million of those are under the age of five.”
– From “5 Million Children Going Hungry in the South,” The Institute for Southern Studies.”

“In her June newsletter, State Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-MO) provided several “commentaries” to a press release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on a summer food program. The program provides ‘food during the summer for thousands of low-income Missouri children who rely on the school cafeteria for free or reduced-price meals during the regular school year.’ Davis, who serves as the chairwoman of the Missouri House Special Standing Committee on Children and Families, questioned whether the program is ‘warranted,’ and extolled the hidden benefits of child hunger:

“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 taxpayer if 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.”
– Lee Fang, Think, June 21, 2009.

Read also:
“The State of Missouri’s Children 2009,” (.pdf file), Center for Family Policy and Research, University of Missouri-Columbia, January 2009.

“Statistics on Poverty in Missouri & the US,” National Center for Children in Poverty fact sheet.


  1. I do hope none of those churches are receiving any tax money from the government for their “faith-based” programs.

    Comment by bittershaman2 — June 28, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

  2. My understanding is that they just provide a space large enough to serve the food, since the school cafeterias are closed in the summer, and the food is the only thing the taxpayers fund. No religious proselytizing is allowed.

    Comment by RS Janes — June 29, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  3. The Wingnuttery continues as the GOP desperately
    tries to remain relevant by passing legislation
    near and dear to the conservative soul,which amounts to two things;put the churches in control and repeal all taxes.

    Ah,that magical Libertarian Kool-aid so delicious going down and just pennies a glass.
    You can feel good about serving Libertarian Kool-aid to Your family.

    Here in Oklahoma,They are busy trying to pass legislation that firmly attaches the blame for the recession onto Obama and not the de-regulation kids down the street,who are too cool to hang out with us anymore.

    Read that Sh*t right here:

    I have to make a disclaimer here,by clicking on this story,You do so at your own risk.
    I cannot be held responsible for Your reactions.
    I will suggest having a phonebook near by so that You may attempt to tear it in two which should relieve those aggressive tendencies.
    (I have learned that singing the opening lines to the musical Oklahoma loudly and badly
    quells these instincts)
    Please cover Your monitor in case You spew saliva or brain matter as the roof of the cranial cavity could likely erupt in a shower of gore.
    Thanks for Your consideration!

    Comment by Rainlander — July 1, 2009 @ 6:53 am

  4. And if you still aren’t angry enough to tear a phonebook, check out what’s going on in New York. Basically, NY voters elected a Democratic state Senate. The Republicans didn’t like it, so they’re trying to stage a coup with the help of two Democratic senators (who are under investigation).
    No laws are being passed. Jobs programs aren’t being approved. Towns and counties are losing tax revenues. We’re all non-partisan here now; we want ALL the incumbant senators thrown out.
    The Albany paper is .

    Comment by bittershaman2 — July 1, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

  5. It almost seems as if the Republicans are trying to make themselves hated as they desperately go for their base, even though they know the base isn’t enough to keep them all in office. Bizarre on top of weird.

    Comment by RS Janes — July 3, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

  6. Here We go again,They never disappoint with the circuitous firing squad.
    This Time the Jacko fans are raising money against NY Republican Congressman Peter King
    who took to the stump to call the deceased King of Pop a degenerate:

    After Palin has bailed on the Alaskan People this week,it begs the question:
    What are They going to do next week to top Themselves?
    Bring it on! or
    Lets Roll!
    Drill Baby,Drill?

    Comment by Rainlander — July 6, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  7. That was incredible, Rain. Who did the brainless King think he was talking to? The voters who agree with his nasty Jacko rant are already voting for him, so he wasn’t branching out. The GOPsters are spinning out of control, every evil serpent slithering out of their empty skulls, and it’s killing them.

    Fortunately, I think we can say goodbye to the New York Snake King in 2010 — the guy has been an ugly pimple on the flabby ass of US politics for too long, so to speak.

    How low will they go? I don’t know, but I think Larry Craig and Mark Foley are just the ‘tip’ of the iceberg with the already-sinking Republican Titanic right in its path.

    Comment by RS Janes — July 7, 2009 @ 5:55 am

  8. RSJ,
    “How low will they go?”
    Thats what I thought back when Nixon resigned.
    Then came Ford and pardoned Him.
    They elected Reagan and danced while he ran the country into a deficit,fired the Government Workers,and started illegal wars and military coups in SA.
    Bush the CIA mastermind pardoned the whole administration on Christmas eve,and I wondered,how low will they go?
    They lowered the poverty line thus saving millions from poverty and turned out the mentally ill while lowering taxes on the wealthiest in the thousand points of light,We should have just said,No!
    It just goes on forever,this shit,and I have just scratched the surface.

    Instead of turning the People in this country against the GOP,it only seems to solidify the support.
    I suspect that what They are doing is playing the Race card to ginn up revenue from the God is an angry old,rich white guy crowd.

    Make No mistake,They will return,someday and God help Us from this Party of Cutthroats and Shyster’s!

    BTW,I love the visuals You present with the wayward philanderers in the rowboat,throwing the Women and Children overboard trying to escape the floundering wreck,lets hope the vortex draws them under,for good this time.

    Comment by Rainlander — July 7, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  9. Didn’t King’s parents ever teach him manners?
    Jackson should not have been left alone with children because he had no clue about appropriate behavior and no one willing to say “No” to him.
    But it’s good manners to wait until the dead are in the ground.
    And unless MJ molested Rep King, who the hell cares what HE thinks about it.

    Comment by bittershaman2 — July 7, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  10. Now this gem from Sylvia Allen Republican Senator from Arizonia,proclaiming that Arizona is in fact 6,000 Years old,back then They had no
    EPA so that makes it alright to mine Uranium.
    I wonder Who took Her to lunch?
    Follow the money!

    this is a link to the video:

    Comment by Rainlander — July 7, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

  11. Maybe that’s it, Bittershaman — ‘Peter’ King’s miffed because MJ never invited him to ‘sleep over’ at Neverland.

    Rain, I think the GOP is eating itself, like a cancer. I suspect that before 2012 it may split into two parties, just like the Whigs. There will be the Colin Powell more-or-less-sane Republican Party, and then the crazy, twisted-like-a-corkscrew, raving mad Christopublican Palin/Limbaugh Dittohead Party, AKA, the ‘Know Nothings.’ Maybe the PLD will call itself something like the Real America On Stupid Party, or the Red-Blooded Manly Jesus Party, or the Blow the Wealthy Party, or the I Hate Negroes, Beaners and Homos Party. Whatever it is, it will be a trainwreck and disappear by 2013, defeated in a landslide by Obama. The vanquished Palinator will be lucky if she can get a job as a weather-bunny at KTUU.

    BTW, how long until we hear people saying, “You’re dumber than a Republican”? I don’t think it’ll take 6,000 years.

    Comment by RS Janes — July 8, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

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