A late entrant, but it speaks volumes of those who seek to rule:
Congressional Black Caucus chair Marcia Fudge had harsh words on Thursday night for GOP colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee who she says “literally do not believe there is poverty in this country.”
In a George Washington University panel discussion on poverty hosted by PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Fudge expressed her disappointment with colleagues who voted to cut food stamps by $16.5 billion over the next 10 years.
“These same people believe if you do not work, you are lazy,” Fudge told the symposium, which was aired on C-SPAN. “These same people believe that if your children don’t get a good education, something is wrong with you. These are the craziest people I have seen in my life. Just absolute nuts. They don’t understand that the government’s job is to take care of its people.”
“The government’s job is to take care of its people.” It’s people.
When Ronald Reagan gave his first inaugural address on this day in 1981, he said, “We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”
In perhaps the ultimate Kinsley-esque gaffe, Fudge has flipped that entire notion on its head.