Communist Food Patrols, Welfare Scammers and Other Big-Government, Left-Wing Muppet Madness

Abby Zimet

Okay, let's get this over with to move on (please) to something not quite so paralyzingly depressing. Right-wing commentators are freaking out at the introduction of Lily, the new “food insecure” Muppet promoting Sesame Street's national “Food for Thought” campaign, aimed at helping feed poor families in part through educating them about free school food programs. Simple enough, you'd think. Except that seemingly fundamentally humane goal has become: "Dining on the government's dime," "hopping on the bandwagon and hoping to woo the under-five set into the entitlement 'OWS Gimme' mentality," "eating on the taxpayers' tab," "pitching government dependence," and committing the grievous sin of "telling school children they can get free food from the government - all they have to do is ask." All "brought to you by the letters “B” and “G,” for Big Government. And that's without the racist, hate-filled comments. Sigh. Is there a constructive point in writing about these people? We dunno. Think Sun Tzu: "If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles."

"Is there a muppet that teaches them that a household where there are two parents, a man and a woman, who are married, sober, repsonsible, caring and involved in their childrens' lives is a sure way to make sure you have enough food so you don't have to be a perpetual beggar?" - one (moderate) comment.

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