Friday, August 05, 2011

The Specific Therapy for Malnutrition is Food

Larry Cuban:

The federal agency that funded community health centers, then called the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), sent an official to tell Geiger that he cannot use health center funds for groceries called “prescriptions.” Geiger met with the federal official and said: “The last time I looked in my textbooks, the specific therapy for malnutrition was food.” End of OEO complaint in 1965.

I think we'll hear both sides making this point out loud more often going forward:

At a time in U.S. history when the role and size of government are being heatedly debated and, for now, has tilted toward reducing government-sponsored social safety nets and cutting back expenditures in the name of controlling national debt and deficit reduction, the reform ideology of “no excuses” has the virtue of being less expensive. In the short-term, at least.

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