Kicking kids when they’re down — that’s the GOP way!
Senator Bruce Caswell’s (R-Asshole) new budget proposal would require that children in the Michigan foster care system only be allowed to purchase clothes from used clothing stores.
Yeah, let that sink in.
Caswell says he wants to make sure that state money set aside to buy clothes for foster children and kids of the working poor is actually used for that purpose.
He says they should get “gift cards” to be used only at Salvation Army, Goodwill or other thrift stores.
“I never had anything new,” Caswell says. “I got all the hand-me-downs. And my dad, he did a lot of shopping at the Salvation Army, and his comment was — and quite frankly it’s true — once you’re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.”
Gilda Jacobs is CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services. She’s not a fan of the thrift shop gift card idea.
“Honestly, I was flabbergasted,” Jacobs says. “I really couldn’t believe this. Because I think, gosh, is this where we’ve gone in this state? I think that there’s the whole issue of dignity. You’re saying to somebody, you don’t deserve to go in and buy a new pair of gym shoes. You know, for a lot of foster kids, they already have so much stacked against them.”
Caswell says the gift card idea wouldn’t save the state any money.
You see, when you get older and become a hip- (-ster or -pie), shopping in second-hand clothes stores is cool. And hip. But when you’re a kid and you’re told that “No, I am not going to buy you those oxblood three-hole Doc Martens, let’s go to the thrift store and we’ll find you some suitable shoes” it really sucks because all your friends have Doc Martens and why can’t you have them and you know they’re expensive, but Mooooooom!! I REALLY WANT THEM!!”1
What were we talking about?
Oh yeah. Republicans are assholes.
[via The Michigan Messenger]
1 I saved up my allowance and bought them. It took forever. I wore the hell out of those shoes. Then I gave them away to Goodwill. It’s the circle of shoe life.