Deval Patrick: Hater Without Compassion

Why do Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the leftist legislature hate Women, Infants and Children?

Governor Deval Patrick and state lawmakers are proposing to slash more than 20 percent of state money from a decades-old program that helps thousands of low-income mothers afford formula and other basic foods for their children.

The Women, Infants, and Children program, widely known as WIC, is regarded as a pillar of the social safety net, providing 130,000 low-income women in Massachusetts who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or raising young children with supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education.

Why would a compassion-racked socialist governor try to create malnutrition?

Despite concerns raised by advocates for the poor, state officials said they have no choice but to make the cuts because of the state’s budget crunch.

“Massachusetts, like all states, continues to feel the impact of the global economic crisis,’’ said Julia Hurley, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Health. “No agency wants to have to make these decisions, but sound fiscal management has required tough choices.’’

This is confusing. We know that it is the responsibility of all compassionate people to pretend there is no such thing as financial imperatives.

“This would just make it much harder for poor families,’’ said Valerie Bassett, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association. “It would undermine our effort to make sure that low-income families have access to healthy food.’’

It is Deval's responsibility to put compassion ahead of fiscal realities. His failure to do so makes him a hater.