Friday, August 17, 2012

Todd Akin: the Ebenezer Scrooge of Missouri

* Todd Akin, a Republican from Missouri and candidate for the Senate, appears to be a crass man with little knowledge about education.  Although his bio shows him to be educated, Todd Akin appears to be clueless and uninformed.  See if you agree with me after reading this excerpt from RawStory:

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) Republican opponent says that the federal government should stop helping to feed needy children with the school lunch program. 

Speaking to reporters about the farm bill on Thursday, Senate candidate Todd Akin called to cut off the federal funds used to feed about 650,000 children in Missouri each school day....

.....Since being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001, Akin has never voted for a farm bill — which authorizes the school lunch funds — and he advocates eliminating the Department of Education....

Todd Akin doesn't know much about what it takes to educate a child.  A child cannot learn if he/she is hungry.  In order to prepare our young people to be good, productive citizens, they must be educated. A child must be fed before he/she can learn.  When a child hasn't eaten, he/she is tired, inattentive, and unable to put forth good, positive effort.  Denying poor children school lunches makes Todd Akin sound like the Ebenezer Scrooge of Missouri.  Obviously, Mr. Akin is unable to provide voters with a well-balanced thoughtful plan to help Missouri and the country move forward.

Adding to Akin's lack of understanding  about education is his total absence of respect and interest in the men and women who've dedicated their lives to farming.  The fact that  he "...has never voted for a farm bill...." is shameful. There are 108,000 farms in Missouri and over 2,000,000 farms in our country. They proudly supply our food and food to the world. 

Ignoring the plight of poor, hungry school children and the hard work of farmers, makes Todd Akin appear as selfish, unkind, and just plain out of the mainstream.  How can anyone vote against hungry children and good, hardworking farmers?  How can anyone vote for a candidate like Todd Akin?