I was thinking to myself the other day, “You know what sucks? All this wasteful government spending on improving nutrion for babies.” I mean, sure, a baby’s got to eat, but if the baby’s hungry, it should have thought of that before it was born, you know, and made sure to have richer parents. Fortunately, the House Republican caucus has approved a budget that will finally grapple with the problem of over-nourished infants and the country’s shameful coddling of poor pregnant mothers. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, somewhere between 200,000 and 350,000 poor children and pregnant mothers will be dropped from the wasteful WIC program by their proposed cuts.
Reading this kind of thing makes me regret even sparing a moment for some wonky thoughts about early childhood education. We’re apparently a country where we don’t even have a political consensus around providing adequate food to poor kids, so asking for them to get education too is obviously a tall order.