Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

7 05 2011

Foster children would be allowed to get clothing only from second hand stores

By Todd A. Heywood | 04.22.11 | 11:40 am

Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.

Casswell, a Republican representing Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and St. Joseph counties, made the proposal this week, reportsMichigan Public Radio.

His explanation?

“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.”

Under his plan, foster children would receive gift cards that could only be used at places like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and other second hand clothing stores.

The plan was knocked by the Michigan League for Human Services. Gilda Jacobs, executive director of the group, had this to say:

“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.”

Casswell says the plan will save the state money, though it isn’t clear how much the state spends on clothing for foster children or how much could be saved this way.

(If you’re wondering if we’re really at the abyss, read the comments.)

Credit: The Michigan Messenger; h/t Fred Clark at slactivist

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7 05 2011
dmf

tragically the list of people that we count as disposable is growing rather than shrinking, and the moralistic posturing to justify it is nauseating in the full sartean sense, we are heading into the abyss and if you read most lefty blogs you wouldn’t have much sense of it so i appreciate your efforts to bring these matters to light.

7 05 2011
geekhiker

So why hasn’t anyone thrown the “class warfare” charge at him yet?

8 05 2011
absurdbeats

It’s just punishment, all the time, for those who haven’t succeeded, even for those who haven’t yet had the chance to succeed, because—you know, it’s those kids’ own damn fault for being in foster care.

(Tho’ I should point out that, for the record, I think that if you need help, you should get it, even if you’re the reason you need help.)

As for class warfare, hey, this isn’t warfare, this is tough love! Or reality! Or something. . . .

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