FEED The Children has done much on its own through the years to fight hunger around the world. It intends to solicit a little help in carrying out its mission going forward.
Kevin Hagan, president and CEO of Feed The Children, announced this week that the Oklahoma City-based charity will collaborate with other groups to find ways to combat childhood hunger.
Feed The Children and other such organizations must get away from the old model of working separately and apart from other agencies, Hagan said.
“The new Feed The Children is really about challenging the status quo,” he said, “saying that it’s time … that we come together as an industry and as a collaborative of people, compassionate people … that we weave together this very compassionate group to tackle one of the deepest ills in this country, which is childhood hunger.”
That group includes churches, nonprofits, corporate partners and governments, Hagan said. A pilot program begun this month involves 11 sites in Oklahoma City where children are being provided lunch each day, in addition to school supplies and learning activities. About 115,000 food boxes, most paid for with private dollars, will be distributed during the course of the summer.
“For too long, we thought we could do it alone,” Hagan said. “But the truth is, it takes the collective power of all of us.”
We wish Feed The Children all the best as it charts this new course.
Smack in the middle
Despite ranking near the bottom in the percentage of legislators who are female, Oklahoma ranks considerably better in one measure of male-female “parity” in state government. And you can thank Gov. Mary Fallin and state Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi for that. Yes, two Republican women who are anathema to liberals unhappy with the lack of female representation boosted the state to 25th in parity as measured by Representation 2020, a group dedicated to getting more women elected to office. Having a female governor pushes the state far ahead of what it would otherwise be. Barresi is pitted against another women in her race to secure a second GOP nomination for the office. Also, two of the three elected corporation commissioners (all Republicans) are female — although one is leaving the office to run for the seat in Congress that Fallin once held. Fallin was only the second female sent to Congress by Oklahomans in the history of the state. New Hampshire has the nation’s best parity ranking. Virginia has the worst.
National debt is at historic highs and continues to climb. Economic growth remains weak, the decline in the unemployment rate owes more to people giving up on job hunting than it does to people actually finding a job and health care costs continue to rise. Terrorists are overrunning Iraq, and Iran is inching closer every day to getting nuclear weapons. So what are Democratic leaders in Congress focused on? The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to cancel six federal trademark registrations held by the Washington Redskins football team. The trademark office said the team’s name was offensive to American Indians. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., both took to Twitter to praise the ruling. Apparently, political correctness always outranks addressing national problems in the weird world of liberal Democratic politics.
In hindsight …
President Barack Obama’s 2008 election had as much to do with voter frustration with the Bush administration as with voters’ actually embracing Obama. Now, having watched Obama in action for more than five years, Americans are reaching a new conclusion: This new guy isn’t any better than the last one. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week found that 50 percent of adults say the Obama administration is either somewhat competent or very competent. But 53 percent said the Bush administration was somewhat or very competent in 2006 – after the response to Hurricane Katrina had harmed Bush’s standing and public sentiment had turned against the war in Iraq. It seems the Obamacare fiasco, the sluggish economy that never kicks into high gear, and Obama’s nonstop foreign policy failures are starting to place Bush in a new light, despite the undeniable struggles of the Bush administration.
Speaking of response to natural disasters, victims of superstorm Sandy in 2012 got help because Obama promised they would. “No bureaucracy, no red tape,” the president told victims. Chalk this up as another line from the playbook that includes “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.” Turns out that bureaucracy and red tape have indeed strangled storm relief efforts. The Wall Street Journal reports that tens of thousands of Sandy victims are still waiting for help a year and a half after Sandy’s winds and rain moved on. In New York City, only 352 of 15,000 residents seeking aid have actually gotten it. The blame is partly related to Hurricane Katrina, in that fraud and misspending for storm relief related to that storm led to an abundance of caution. Blame George Bush! Obama used an abundance of hyperbole in remarks about storm relief just days ahead of the 2012 presidential election. His words and optics helped him win another term. Unlike the Obamacare promises, which the president knew weren’t true, we’ll take him at his word that the no-red-tape pledge was sincere. Still, as promises go, it was like a thunderstorm that brings no rain.
This is what state Rep. Joe Dorman’s run for governor has come to: voicing alarm about earthquakes. A focus on policy has been lacking from the start of his campaign, but Dorman, D-Rush Springs, hit a new low with a press release this week. “I am troubled by the unprecedented number of earthquakes in Oklahoma over the past few years,” he said the same day a 4.3 magnitude quake was registered. Who isn’t troubled, Joe? “It is time we thoroughly investigate what is happening and look at the science surrounding this issue,” he said. “If there is anything that can be done to address the severity and frequency of these earthquakes, we should discuss those options immediately.” Something must be done but he has no idea what. So why mention it? Dorman’s longshot chance of beating incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin only grows longer with this sort of banality.
Within walking distance
Charity begins at home. For Barack Obama, income inequality begins very close to home. The District of Columbia has an unusually large gap between the wealthiest citizens and the poorest. U.S. Census Bureau figures put the district at 27th for income inequality. The largest gap is found in Manhattan, home of one of the most liberal mayors in the country. A county in North Dakota with a large Indian reservation is second; six of the 10 counties with the greatest inequality are in the South. Of the 3,144 counties tracked by the Census Bureau, Oklahoma County ranks 234th and Tulsa County is in the No. 334 slot. Obama’s obsession with income inequality is all about politics. It’s a wedge he can drive when convenient to stir up the Democratic Party base and rally the media against Republican policies. Seems to us, though, that The Great Divider should perhaps explain why the area that’s home to so many people he serves as boss has such unequal incomes. Contributing is the wealth of lobbyists who grow in number and in income as the federal government grows in size and power under Obama’s rule. Efforts to narrow the gap typically focus on reducing the income of top earners, which does absolutely nothing to help the poor.