Quote of the Day: Rep. Jim McGovern
"I'm sick and tired of poor people being demonized. I'm sick and tired of their struggle being belittled. We're here to represent all people — including those struggling in poverty....
I was taught to love my neighbor. I was taught to care about people and to strive to make everyone's life better. And what is being treated as political dialogue violates those teachings and my core beliefs in humanity. We can all do better. Some of us may need a hand up in order to get by, but that doesn't mean that they are lesser people for it. They deserve our respect—and they deserve our help while they are struggling."
—Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) in an "End Hunger Now" speech given this week, responding to recent remarks denigrating recipients of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps).
Photo: DeEtte Peck uses her EBT card in Portland, Ore., to purchase food. (Brian Duss)
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