Generally speaking, I don’t follow local politics too closely.
This little nugget, however, has made national news, shaming the state of Missouri, and helping to further cultivate the image of the backwards state so many people already perceive it to be.
Unfortunately, these people are not altogether wrong in their assessment, thanks in part to the recent contributions of such political gems as Cynthia Davis.
Cynthia Davis is a Republican currently serving in the house of Representatives.
She’s landed herself in hot water most recently due to the absolutely jaw-dropping comments she made regarding poor, lower-income, hungry children in the state of Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has a summer program that provides food for impoverished families throughout the state. For too many children, their only guaranteed meals came in the form of free or reduced lunch, during the school year. This program offers meals throughout the summer months, while school is not in session.
Rep. Davis has decided that the program isn’t warranted, and has even come up with a benefit to having hungry children.
Hunger can be a positive motivator.
She really did say that.
Davis then goes on to ask, “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 is worth mentioning, Ms. Davis is the chairwoman of the state’s Children and Families Committee. Not only should she know better, she is charged with advocating on behalf of… well… children and families.
I feel like I’ve been thrown back in time, to the days of Marie Antoinette and her famous quote, with a slight modern twist:
Let them eat french fries and a double cheeseburger!
Thank goodness McDonald’s stopped using trans-fat.
Otherwise her fast-food suggestion would have been downright unhealthy.
Nice Job, Cynthia.
I wonder if she’s aware of the fact that currently, in the state of Missouri, 1 in 5 children are hungry.
Or that Missouri has a whopping 9% unemployment rate.
If hungry kids really is a great motivator, Missouri ought to be gearing up for a heck of an upswing… we should see it any day now…
Perhaps Representative Davis needs to be reminded that we are in a recession, a terrible economic downturn, and most people have already had the bright idea of just “getting a job”… but have been unsuccessful in actually finding one.
Davis needs to drive to my neighborhood- located less than 15 minutes from hers. I live in a strong middle class area of the state where unemployment is slightly lower than, say, the City of St. Louis, and yet, there are no jobs here. Even McDonalds has a sign on its wall stating that they are not currently hiring… as does the grocery store down the street.
My neighborhood, in fact, is nearly a mirror image of Cynthia’s.
Many people who never in a million years thought they would find themselves needing to accept food from aid programs, have realized that in order to feed their families, they must do just that.
Our Cynthia claims to question the importance of a program that feeds hungry children because of its cost to regular citizens in the form of state tax dollars.
Unfortunately, Ms. Davis did not do her homework prior to shoving her big ol’ foot into her big ol’ mouth.
Most of the feed-the-hungry programs in MO are hosted by churches, funded by parishioners by way of tithes and donations.
Not at the expense of taxpayers.
In addition, the program offered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is actually funded by theU.S. Departmentment of Agriculture, not by way of state tax dollars from hard-working Missouri families.
Interestingly, it is Cynthia Davis herself, who in the past, has been observed stuffing leftover food into her purse at various committee and lobbyist dinners back in the capital city. One would assume she is taking the food home to feed her hungry children.
Perhaps that is what the hungry of Missouri should do…
… Simply follow Davis’ lead and steal.
Poor people are a bunch of unmotivated degenerates anyway, right?
The good news is that it does not appear Representative Cynthia Davis will be getting out of this mess unscathed.
Keith Olbermann has recently labeled her his “World’s Worst Person” for the second time.
Perhaps even better is Stephen Colbert’s satirical coverage of Davis’ very serious screw-up.
On a recent episode of the Colbert Report, he pretended to applaud her idiocy, through his “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger” segment.
According to Colbert, the fact that she never managed to rise above the level of state representative is due to her development of the anti-motivating habit of eating.
He asked that Missouri residents begin denying her food as often as possible so that she can gain her edge back.
Kudos to the nation for taking notice.