I’m participating in Cycle for Survival this weekend, helping to raise money for rare cancer research. 100% of the proceeds go to the Sloan-Kettering Center. Cancer affects absolutely everyone, in one way or another. We all know someone who has had it, someone who died from it, or someone who lives in it’s shadow. Please take a moment and donate a little to the cause. Even five or ten dollars helps.
For those who think the government shutdown affects just a few people, U.S. Uncut provides evidence to the contrary. This is happening in all 50 states. Some states have enough to last through the month. And some states have nothing with which to fund these programs. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, new vouchers (worth an average of $55 a month) were not issued, and the agency has funds to operate for just ten days.
From The Gazette:
The WIC program appears to be taking the brunt of the shutdown, at least for now, and for people such as Sarah Regan, 33, of Cedar Rapids, it means finding an alternative or going without.
Regan, who just delivered her baby Kendyl two weeks ago, is on unpaid maternity leave, and has been counting on WIC for core items like milk, bread, eggs and cheese through her pregnancy. When she showed up at the office for her appointment on Tuesday, she was surprised the government shutdown cost her her WIC payment.
“I knew there was a shutdown, but I did not realize it would affect everyone on a personal level,” Regan said. “We will just have to find another way to supplement our food, or just have to go without until it comes through. There’s no fall back. It’s just wait and see when this ends.”
And to think, according to a GOP congressman at a fundraiser, this was all to appease the Tea Party. Yet another case of kicking the poor to thrill the rich.
I think we’ve found the thing America’s exceptional at.
The question that should be asked here is, Why the FUCK did she have a child if she knew she couldn’t afford it?!?
Or the question is why a working woman has to rely on government aid because she doesn’t get paid maternity leave.