Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Governor Kulongoski, Stunt Man

I saw this today and I couldn't pass it up.

It appears the Governor of Oregon decided to live off of food stamps for a week. His purpose? To "raise awareness about the difficulty of feeding a family on a food stamp budget."

Now I understand that sometimes, bad things happen to good people. I understand how hard it is to feed a family when you're poor or a single parent because that's how I grew up. My mom, bless her, worked more than one job to send my sister and me to Catholic school. Most dinners were Kraft Mac and Cheese or the old standby, PB&J.

But here's my thinking on this. As much as they continue to bring it up to this day, the Left absolutely missed the lesson to be learned from Hurricane Katrina: that government can't take care of people very well, no matter how much we'd like it to.

Likewise, I wonder if anyone who supports Governor Kulongoski will get the real lesson from his week on food stamps. Namely, maybe the problem isn't lack of money for the government to give to people in need, but that the government shouldn't be in the charity business at all.

2 comments:

Call Me Mom said...

I was raised by a single mom who worked 2 or more jobs to support us too.
I thought I was pretty lucky because I loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and we got to have pancakes for supper on many nights. I didn't realize until later that it was because instant pancake mix was cheap.
The one thing I learned really well is that being on welfare was bad. Mom got off it as soon as she could because she realized that it was a road to nowhere.

The Monarchist said...

Mom,

I think we owe our Moms a debt of gratitude, they did a fine job, if I may say so!

-AH