If You Truly Care about the Poor, You Don’t Reduce Eligibility for Food Stamps
Several weeks ago, Governor Kasich of Ohio received a great deal of national attention for going against the wishes of the GOP-dominated legislature and agreeing to accept Federal funding to expand Medicaid.
In an interview with the New York Times, Kasich defended his position in remarkably progressive terms: “’I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor. That if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.’” In that interview, he even went so far as to summon the ghost of Franklin D. Roosevelt, asserting, “’The very people who complain ought to ask their grandparents if they worked at the WPA.’”
Understandably, the media attention to these remarks was intense. But, very inexplicably, very few commentators in the “mainstream” media viewed the comments with any skepticism. The emphasis was generally on the unexpectedly bipartisan gesture from a very Right-wing governor and on the unexpectedly compassionate tone…
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