Hardhearted and tightfisted


To the Editor:

I feel compelled to respond to R.E.L. Knight’s letter [Reduce their ‘unwelcome presence,’ April 2], which hopefully he meant to be sarcastic. It’s very disturbing that conservative political ideology has become so warped that Paul Ryan would try to make the case that poor children are better off going hungry. Mr. Ryan’s Conservative Political Action Committee story wasn’t even true.

Here we have the new conservative talking point: it pushes shameful policy, it demonizes Americans who find themselves in need of help, and it’s based on a lie. It was thoroughly debunked in The Washington Post.

He’s supporting proposed budget cuts of $122 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including $57 billion specifically allocated for child nutrition. The 13 million children who go to bed hungry in this country don’t get to decide if their parents have jobs, and many depend on school nutrition programs for their only decent meal of the day.

Mr. Ryan wants the Christian right to support him; perhaps he should refer to the Bible: “If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.” (Deuteronomy 15:7)

Mark Grandfield

New York City and Harthaven