Conservatives Are Such Jokers

By Paul Krugman

In 1960, John F. Kennedy, who had been shocked by the hunger he saw in West Virginia, made the fight against hunger a theme of his presidential campaign. After his election he created the modern food stamp program, which today helps millions of Americans get enough to eat.

But Ronald Reagan thought the issue of hunger in the world’s richest nation was nothing but a big joke. Here’s what Reagan said in his famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing,” which made him a national political figure: “We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet.”

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  1. FORBID THE IMPLICATION
    Don´t let me imply that said Reagan was sweet,
    A churlish and unsympathetic old cuss
    As mocker of those with too little to eat
    (Refer to the record) is who that he was;

    However such as have picked up his baton
    Of partial investment and partial disdain–
    Enrichment of self with their curses upon
    Poor stigmatized folk in the manner of Cain–

    Have traveled much further than he ever went,
    Much further and faster with never so great
    Compassion albeit accompaniment
    Of public relations to cover their hate.

    Compassionate neither nor conservative
    These men have used words as replacement for deeds,
    Proclaiming themselves “kinder, gentler” but give
    The facts but a gander as action proceeds:

    Recoiling in horror from those as are stricken
    The tears of these crocodiles often will thicken
    On cue for the cameras–but never quicken
    These scoffers to care (philosophically chicken).

    This evil cabal is beginning to feel
    If not omnipresent uniquely surreal,
    Surpassing the worst but yet calling genteel
    Such crimes its precursors did conscienceless deal.


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