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Trump’s Plan to Starve the Global Poor Moves Ahead

[ 37 ] March 9, 2017 |

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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  1. Bitter Scribe says:

    I guess appointing Chris Christie would have meant bad optics.

  2. drwormphd says:

    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.

  3. eyerolld6 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  4. rm says:

    “. . . beginning to tarnish”?

  5. CP says:

    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.

  6. John F says:

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

    Beginning?

  7. ice9 says:

    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

  8. John F says:

    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)

  9. wengler says:

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

  10. Karen24 says:

    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.

  11. Owlbear1 says:

    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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