Just 4 months into the reign of the free market, regressive Republicans across this country and the stories of oppressive anti-poor legislation keeps flowing. In Michigan, a State Senator named Bruce Caswell (R-16th district) wants to dictate where foster children and poor children can buy clothing with their “clothing allowance”.
Caswell said, “I never had anything new. I got all the hand-me-downs. And my dad, he did a lot of shopping at the Salvation Army, and his comment was — and quite frankly it’s true — once you’re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.”
The “gift cards” can only be used at Salvation Army, Goodwill and other thrift stores. Now I know these Republicans love the free market, and they tout the belief that the government should not be telling people where they should spend their money. Except, obviously in cases of health insurance vouchers, like in the Ryan bill. Maybe the elderly would just like a $8,000 dollar check to spend on food, instead of a voucher. Why are you telling them they HAVE to buy health insurance with it.
The argument being made is that it’s tax payer dollars that are buying their clothes, this is true. But these same free market Republicans do not believe we should tell corporations that build the nation’s infrastructure or our military ships to buy “Made In America” products and steel. Isn’t that also our tax dollars? Yes it is!
Instead they dictate to the poor and foster children and will not allow them to have a brand new $5 dollar tee-shirt from a department store. But the corporations can buy foreign products with sub-standard material to build our infrastructure. These people have no shame!
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