Republicans find yet another way to abuse the poor
According to a budget proposal introduced by a Republican representative in Michigan, foster children would not be permitted to purchase new clothing. They would be given coupons valid only at second-hand stores.
What’s the POINT of this? I cannot help raving. I mean, you give people clothing money. They can stretch it by shopping second-hand (as my perfectly well-off family usually does) OR they can buy something new when they want to. But to say that somebody is only permitted to have second-hand clothing? Why don’t they just say, “Here you go, sonny. Get to know your place. ‘Cause in this here land of opportunity, you ain’t worth sh*t to me and my kind.”
I have categorized this as “crime” because it is a crime against the ideals I was brought up to think characterized the United States. It sounds a whole lot more like the orphanage systems I know in the former Soviet Union.