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Somali-Famine

Above: Republican Global Hunger Policy in Action

Trump has named the only logical choice to work on world hunger: Sam Brownback.

At a time when Kansas is facing a serious budget deficit and a court order saying school funding is inadequate, Gov. Sam Brownback may be leaving the state for a job in Italy. A former high-ranking government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, tells Kansas Public Radio that Brownback will be named the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations agencies for food and agriculture in Rome.

The governor’s office did not confirm or deny the appointment, but a source tells Kansas Public Radio that the appointment is “a done deal.” If Brownback leaves his post, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would become governor.

“Gov. Brownback is focused on working with the Kansas Legislature to balance the budget and pass a modern school funding system,” said communications director Melika Willoughby when asked for comment.

If appointed and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Brownback would become the leader of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies in Rome. That organization is the link between the U.S. government and several international organizations based in Rome, including the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Anyone with such a great record of raising the standards of the poor is sure to be a perfect choice for this position!

With his political star beginning to tarnish, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) came to Washington on Wednesday to discuss his poverty policies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. At one point, the embattled governor justified his policy of forcing people off of food stamps if they can’t find a job by likening low-income and jobless people to lazy college students.

The event was convened around a policy he pioneered: Reinstating a rigid 20-hour-per-week work requirement that federal law allowed him to waive because unemployment was still high at the time in his state. The rules are duplicative — federal law requires the able-bodied adults targeted by the move to accept reasonable job offers at all times, even when a weekly work-hours waiver is in place — and run counter to a lot of policy thinking about how best to get jobless food stamps recipients back to work.

“You probably went to college. You had a lot of papers you had to write. When do most people do their papers in college? My guess is most of you, if I polled you, you would say the night before it was due,” Brownback said. “That’s just kind of who we are as people. And the work requirement is much the same thing.”

How many papers will Somali children have to write before getting their rice rations!

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  • Bitter Scribe

    I guess appointing Chris Christie would have meant bad optics.

  • drwormphd

    Speaking as a Kansan, although I recognize that he is comically ill-qualified for this position I’m ecstatic that this will get Brownback out of the governor’s office.

    • John Revolta

      I know they say that there’s always somebody worse, but in this case it’s hard to believe it.

      • DrDick

        Trust me on this, the Red States’ GOP has a very deep pool of deplorables. Here in Montana, the Republicans have found someone even more loathsome to replace Ryan Zinke for congress. Of course he still has to win the special election in May.

        • Dennis Orphen

          And a software guy to boot (pun very much intended). Good luck, Montanans. You’re going to need it.

    • CP

      I’m not even Kansan, and that was exactly my thought.

    • Wouldn’t be the first time a highly incompetent asshole got promoted just to get rid of him. But damn!

      • gyrfalcon

        Honestly, my selfish wish of the day is to hook Mike Pence up to a sodium thiopental IV and ask him for his candid opinion on Brownback’s new gig. Because there’s escape hatches from being so ideological a governor of your red state that your competence hits the shitter, and then there’s escape hatches, y’know?

        • liberalrob

          Topeka to Rome is a long way to drag your pitchforks and tumbrels.

          Anybody know off the top of their heads who Brownback’s predecessor at “the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies in Rome” was? Cause I never even knew it existed before this story.

    • Brett

      I’m positive Brownback is just as happy to get out of there too. He has two years left in his second term, yet apparently he’s leaping at this opportunity to go as far away as possible from Kansas.

      • ColBatGuano

        Pulling a Palin!

      • liberalrob

        When it all starts collapsing, you keep the grift going as long as you can in order to get as much out of it as possible. The trick is to get out of Dodge (Dodge City, Kansas!) ahead of the angry mob.

        • Q.E.Dumbass

          “Hain’t we got all the fucking idiots in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?”

  • eyerolld6

    Considering that Brownback got mostly B’s and C’s in law school, one might well conclude that he didn’t write his papers until the night before.

    • Karen24

      I got B’s and C’s in law school. You have now unwittingly given me something to like about Brownback, so I must perforce call you out to the field of honor. Choose your weapons!

      • eyerolld6

        Your wayward affections are your own problem. :)

        But I’m quite willing to believe that your law school B’s and C’s were, like mine and unlike Brownback’s, the result of an active social life and an unwillingness to suck up.

        • Karen24

          Indeed they were. I was a Phi Beta Kappa in undergrad.

  • rm

    “. . . beginning to tarnish”?

  • CP

    At a time when Kansas is facing a serious budget deficit and a court order saying school funding is inadequate, Gov. Sam Brownback may be leaving the state for a job in Italy.

    After all his experience bleeding Kansas dry for the rich, I expect the Mafia, Camorra and Ndrangheta might be willing to offer him a lucrative side job as a consultant.

    • Linnaeus

      Gives new meaning to “Bleeding Kansas”.

    • Dennis Orphen

      Dear Sirs:

      The Fiat 500 may be small, but there’s some trunk space.

      Yours Truly,

      Aldo Moro
      6 Feet Under
      Italy

    • Tax the poor and take away any freebies like food and water from NGO commies and watch how fast they are incentivized to “disappear”

    • rea

      Kansan all’italiana è il diavolo incarnato

    • A gig with the Ndrangheta requires being able to spell the name of the organisation. Mind you, Brownback should have no problem with the kind of incentives they offer.

  • John Revolta
  • John F

    With his political star beginning to tarnish, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) came to Washington

    Beginning?

  • ice9

    Here’s a Trump nominee I heartily wish to see confirmed. A–it will complete his political humiliation and, one hopes, the further public mockery of the frequently debunked tissue of assumptions that drive Republican economics. B–even with Brownback out of power, it’s best that he is as far from Americans as is physically possible (in order to match his already vast metaphysical distance from the ideal American.) And, best, C–it is pleasing to imagine Brownback, sweating in his safari shirt and suffering from the flies, touring some hellish favela while the friction between reality and his shit-for-brains fake-Christian values threaten to ignite his soul into a stinking trash fire.
    On the other hand, Kansas elected him, so Kansas should keep him.

    ice

    • John Revolta

      I give him two weeks before he says some shit about the Catholics

      • Origami Isopod

        Brownback’s a convert to Catholicism, so no dice.

  • John F

    What’s The Matter With Kansas?

    Brownback is deeply unpopular in Kansas- the problem with Kansas is that despite approval ratings that have been mired FOR YEARS at levels that *should* make him unelectable was nonetheless re-elected – because despite the fact that large majorities disapprove of him- the State is majority (R)- and the vast majority of (R)s will vote for him in the general election.

    (This is also how the US got Trump as POTUS)

    Lets’s say Kansas is 60:40 (R v D)- that means Brownback needs only support from 31% of the state (which is pretty much where his approval rating hovers) to get re-elected. (he’s actually bad enough that some Rs have abandoned him in the general- just not enough in that state)

    • MyNameIsZweig

      I’m not following your math. It could be because I am befuddled by cold medication, but I can’t guarantee that.

  • wengler

    Every day I get less concerned about the possible negative consequences of an uprising that puts guys like Brownback up against the wall.

  • Karen24

    Brownback will enjoy absolutely nothing about Italy. He’s got all the taste and erudition of the President and is somewhat dumber. Other than being Catholic, and even then in the group that hates the current Pope, I can’t see anything about this job that would appeal to him other than a chance to skedaddle from his imploding state.

    • Dennis Orphen

      But what if he’s paid really well, doesn’t have to do anything, and has no accountability to anyone for anything? This is a Kleptocracy, and everything must be viewed through that lens.

    • Ahuitzotl

      La Trastaverde does an excellent well-done steak, so he can look forward to that.

  • Owlbear1

    You probably went to college. You had a lot of papers you had to write. When do most people do their papers in college? My guess is most of you, if I polled you, you would say the night before it was due, Brownback said. That’s just kind of who we are as people. And the work requirement is much the same thing.

    One of the most horrid things about conservative politicians is their fetish of basing their entire opinion of Humanity off their shitty college roommate.

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