In response to Tara Murtha’s exit interview with outgoing state legislator Babette Josephs:
While it’s a shame to lose such a fierce progressive voice and one of the few women on the floor, Josephs’ tone-deafness on the transphobia of her “men with breasts” remark clearly illustrates her as being a bit behind the times—an ugly place for a progressive to be. She’ll be missed nonetheless, and I’m holding my opinion on her replacement until I see him in action... but perhaps it was just time for her to go.
Lay Off the Food Stamps
In response to Randy LoBasso’s week-long “food stamp challenge,” exploring the difficulty of bootstrapping out of poverty while only eating $5 worth of food a day:
Welfare should be a temporary basis. It should only be helping you on a short time period until you try hard to get on your two feet without any more petty excuses. The children are the only victim here. As a grown adult, you should plan, save and be ready to take responsibility before you bring any child into this world. What happened to all the immigrants who came here before the welfare system started? The welfare system is good—it’s the people that broke the system and took advantage of it that prevent the resources to reach to the people who really need them.