For the record: “Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.”
In a press release, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named “Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.) its October Pooper – er, Porker of the Month for proposing the putrid Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act (DIAPER). The bill would amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to include diapers among the items that may be purchased with the grants.”
Here’s the details from CAGW’s press release:
“Rep. DeLauro certainly qualifies as the diaper diva of Capitol Hill. On October 7, 2011, in an attempt to elevate diapers to a level of national significance that they clearly do not deserve, Rep. DeLauro issued a press release stating that “No family should have to choose between buying diapers for their child or buying groceries.” Rep. DeLauro added that she “applaud[s] the work of Joanne Goldblum, who has been operating a Diaper Bank in Connecticut for years now, and whose good work has served as the inspiration for this legislation.”
“However, Ms. Goldblum and her diaper bank have done more than just inspire. In the fiscal year 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Act, Rep. DeLauro disposed of $133,000 in taxpayer money with an earmark to the diaper bank.
“DIAPER leaves no doubt that the U.S. is moving ever closer to becoming a ‘Nanny State,’” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “It is another example of the mission creep within federal programs that gives taxpayers a bad rash. Even as the Joint Special Committee on Deficit Reduction is holding hearings on how to cut $1.2 trillion from this bloated federal budget and wrangle some control over spiraling government spending, members like Rep. DeLauro are still trying to load on more spending and more debt. On behalf of taxpayers, we think this bill is, well…just offal. It should be left on the congressional compost heap.”
CAGW’s Tom Schatz is absolutely correct in referencing the ‘Nanny State.’ However, if American taxpayers have to indeed pay for diapers, then it’s likely we’ve already stepped into the ‘Nanny State.’
And hey Grand Poohbah DeLauro, rather than phrasing that question as “diapers vs. groceries,” shouldn't you be asking why families are having babies if they can’t afford diapers? Wake-up diaper diva, and smell the poop!
Taxpayers wishing to provide Rep. Rosa DeLauro with their thoughts about her DIAPER bill can tell her or her staff at (202) 225-3661.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh had fun with the declaration of Diaper Need Awareness Day by Connecticut's Gov. Dan Malloy, asking, "How long is it gonna be before a bunch of geezers in nursing homes are gonna be demanding free diapers?" He includes links to two stories, including one to a Human Events story.
Fox News published a story on Tuesday that was categories as "highly cited" noted that:
"Even without federal funds, low-income parents can access free diapers in multiple ways. Early Head Start, a federally funded program that helps children in low-income families, already offers free diapers and formula.
"Companies like Huggies and Pampers also offer rewards programs that allow consumers to accumulate points for coupons for free diapers. Parents can also register with diaper companies on their websites to receive free diapers, get free ones from the local hospital or rely on free sample packages of diapers that are given away on a regular basis."
The Meridien Record Journal reports on the "diaper bank" and one food pantry that distributes diapers, saying:
"Families on food stamps cannot use their vouchers for diapers, which can cost $100 or more per month, said Janet Alfano, acting executive director of the New Haven Diaper Bank. The bank, supported by donations from private foundations and state and federal grants, gives out 220,000 diapers per month to 66 agencies in the greater New Haven area, Hartford, Bridgeport and Middlesex County.
"We know it won't eliminate the need for us, but any move in that direction is helpful," she said. "It's not a full supply, it's about a quarter of the supply."
"Master's Manna, a food pantry in Wallingford, is one of the agencies that received diapers from the New Haven bank, and business is brisk: there are 182 children who get 45 diapers per month there, with 32 children on a waiting list, said Director Cheryl Bedore."
Finally, the Judicial Watch blog describes the entire affair as "a case of public assistance gone mad."
UPDATE (10/27/11): In addition to the great character below, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal, concludes his Best of the Web this way:
"Maybe Obama should take it one step further and ask Congress to create a new cabinet-level Department of Infant Care to provide free diapers to all Americans. (Would that include the elderly? Depends.) It would certainly resonate with his 2008 campaign theme of "change."
UPDATE )11/2/11): On October 21, CNS News provided a few new infobits (e.g., Rep. DeLauro saying, “One in five mothers have had to skip an obligation and stay home with their child because of a lack of diapers. Losing out on daycare makes it even harder for parents to put in a full day’s work.”). In addition, there's an almost five-minute audio clip from Rush Limbaugh.