About a month ago, Trump’s Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney had this to say about free school lunch programs for hungry children:
They’re supposed to be educational programs, right? And that’s what they’re supposed to do. They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually helping results, helping kids do better in school.
This quote stuck with me simply because of its pure ugliness. This is the worst symptom of the complete corporate domination of our politics: the idea that relieving suffering is only worth it if it makes sense on a balance sheet. Well, I’ve got news for Mr. Mulvaney and his boss, President Trump:it’s worth it to feed hungry kids. Period.
People have dignity. Relieving their suffering has value regardless of the economic arguments for or against it. So it’s offensive, for example, to be told by private company that you have to prove yourself worthy of being saved if you are sick or injured. I’ve got news for you, too, reader: you’re worth it. Your life is valuable, and your suffering matters.
That’s why we’re using this campaign to talk about issues like Medicare for All, and a $15 minimum wage, and real action on climate change. You’re worth it, and you’re worth fighting for. And if we stand together through this primary and through the general election, we’re going to show people like Lamar Smith what we’re worth and throw these corporate-backed shills out of D.C.