In her June newsletter to constituents, Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis extolled the virtues of childhood hunger. Davis said, “Hunger can be a positive motivator.”Tonight on MSNBC’s Countdown host Keith Olbermann hammered Davis’ lack of compassion. Check out the video.
Davis argued that hungry kids should get a job, “Anyone under 18 can be eligible? Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator. What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals? Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break.”
Here is Olbermann naming Davis “The Worst Person in the World”:
Olbermann said, “It is embarrassing enough that Cynthia “Let them eat McDonalds” Davis is a public servant paid by tax dollars, but she is also the chairwoman of the Missouri house special standing committee on children and families. It would seem that her advocacy of hunger would disqualify her from that job, and that we’d be better off if she was working at a McDonalds. Although clearly, she has used, and is using, hunger as a positive motivator, because she seems to have been starving her brain of the recommended daily dosage of intelligence and humanity and oxygen.”
The only thing that I can add to Keith Olbermann’s comments is that the poor have always been an easy of blame for many Republicans. Whether they are trying to impose voting laws that act as a defacto poll tax, or cutting programs to make room for tax cuts, this is standard operating procedure for some Republicans who are always trying to put selfishness ahead of the needs of the community.