Those Lazy, No-Good Babies



As Paul Krugman noted in a recent column, the latest farm bill coming out of the House Agriculture Committee would kick around two million people off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In addition to being a massively-boneheaded austerity measure that hurts the economy, such a move would affect large numbers of children. Ah, those lazy dependents with their culture of dependence! I guess we should make them earn their food by scavenging dumps for scrap metal or something.

And yes, I was thinking of that Free to Be You and Me sketch “Boy Meets Girl” with Marlo Thomas and Mel Brooks as I drew this.

For more commentary on this and our crueler tendencies, Comic Strip of the Day has a good post.



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  • Benjamin Schwab

    Not to take anything away from food stamps issue (I echo the sentiments of Comic Strip of the Day that in a society in which (in 2008 according to the New York Times) throws away 25% of the food produced for human consumption that anybody who is hungry should in a matter of course be given enough food to satisfy that hunger with no questions asked) but there is also the major immorality of supporting farming subsidies that have the effect of undercutting farming in countries that are in desperate poverty while using institutions like the World Back, IMF, and trade laws to prevent these countries from subsidizing their own farmers. These policies (including similar policies throughout the European Union) have the effect of prohibiting the development of an agricultural sector in countries that don’t have one and thus preventing almost any economic growth in these countries which keeping them dependent on foreign aid or exploration.

    We can subsidize big agricultural businesses which has the effect of keeping the WORLD’S poor poor, hungry, and dependent but we cannot subsidize providing food to the poor in this country keeping them hungry but at least they (including children) won’t become dependent on food.

    -Benjamin Arthur Schwab

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.

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