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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 5:40 p.m. MDT

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Roanoke, VA

This is good reporting. People should see how Washington intransigence affects real people. Best of luck to these young mothers.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Right wing Republican Tea Party politicians have the goal to rid our country of WIC and similar programs.
Remember this America.

Provo, UT

In this case, the only people affected are poor people and their babies, so from the Congressional viewpoint -- the damage is not in their long view important.

Silver Maned Cougar
American Fork, UT

Walmart has signs on the doors saying they can't provide WIC food because of the shutdown.

Logan, UT

As I was watching KSL news about this shut down Doug Wright gave an observation that most of us really don't know anything about the new Health Care Plan. This in my opinion is what is causing the government shutdown. It is affecting all of us in different ways. Is the shutdown necessary, don't know but what we will find out later on is how effective ObamaCare really is. What I hope comes from this government shutdown is citizens of the United States actually look at what our government is actually doing and what they are spending our money on. Also realize congress is still getting paid even though they are shutdown. Do they as a whole care about the american people or their political future in the house or senate?

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

repubs elected in 2010 and 2012 ran on the promise of shutting down government.

They have delivered.

Now they need to go home and get real jobs.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

I am tired of everyone passing the buck in Washington. We elected a President to make the decisions and work with Congress. In my opinion, the buck stops at his desk. You can make all the excuses in the world but the buck stops at his desk. Congress is a joke at this point. In the real world, none of them would be employed if they could not work through issues together.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

No fit,
Repubs voted to keep government open, dems voted to shut it down. Remember this, America

People who watch KSL are not going to know much about anything other than how wonderful KLS’s talking heads think KSL’s talking heads are.

There you go
2010 was a referendum on obamacare, not to shut down government. please be honest.


..."neither of them can be big boys and talk about it".


It takes at least two to have a conversation.

The above quote reflects a rather popular view and sounds fair - but is it?

As far as I know the Republicans are willing to talk but the
Democrats need to join in the conversation.

I'm not a partisan of either party, I'm independent and sincerely sorry when anyone
suffers, but much worse suffering will result if we do not do something to
stop the spending of trillions of money on this, largely undiscussed, unpopular measure.

Something needs to be done about Congress constantly raising the debt ceiling.
Something needs to be done with regard to a Congress that repeatedly ignores the will and aspirations of its electorate.

Salt Lake, UT

Ya, life is tough. Deal with it.

Go get a job. Or another job. It's not my job to take care of someone else's kids. Its their job.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

It's really sad that after ONE day of shutdown people are so unprepared that they need Obama's handouts.
Where are the family members of these people?
Where are the churches?
My daughter was filling orders at the storehouse in Naperville IL last night. There is no shutdown in effect there.
Perhaps we have put our faith in the wrong institutions.
Or perhaps we have slammed the door shut too many times on family and God. We can't go back home because we've burned the bridge.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

This is what happens when people don't save their money and have no food storage. It's going to be ugly when the whole system eventually collapses.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

Our parents' generation somehow managed to get by without WIC. We are supposedly more educated and have access to better technology. When our parents were out of work they could not do a job search on the Internet. They could not mass-text or mass-email their friends asking for help in finding a job or dealing with the consequences of not having one. If our parents wanted to borrow money to start a business it was much much more difficult and the interest rate was much higher. Yet somehow with much less government help they solved their problems. If they could do it, we can do it. Maybe if you do not know how to solve your problems ask someone of your parent's generation who appears to have some common sense in him.

Trabuco Canyon, CA

This is actually a good thing. In the history of the world, It has Never been good for an individual or family to depend on the government for income help. It is much better for us to be able to lean on friends and family for help.
When one is dependent upon government for help, then one is also obligated to play according to the rules that the government feels a need to establish.
Result: More government control means steps toward communism. ie. Obamacare, Isn't it a little communistic to say everyone Must have insurance, and if you do not, you will be fined for not having insurance. What is next? Will we be fined if we don't buy nutritious groceries for our family. Will we taxed more if we don't work at the job that the government says we must work at.
The solution is to Remove any and all dependence upon the government for our daily existence.

Mapleton, UT

Two thoughts:

First, when Obama and the Democratically-controlled congress rammed through Obamacare without a broad national consensus, what else did they expect? A large cross section of America does not want it, and is supporting the effort, by whatever means, to derail this trainwreck-of-a-law. Obamacare is a case study on how a bloated, overreaching federal government is in need of some serious reigning in. I say, let it stay shut down until we can clean out the half of Washington that supports the Obamacare / tax and spend mentality.

Second, WIC is actually one of the few federal programs that the conservatives can and should support. It uses minimal funding to provide basic commodities to mothers and children, improving their health, and actually cutting the amount of tax dollars that would otherwise be needed to pay for much more expensive health care later on. It is carefully administered by caring and concerned dietitians and other staffers who get to know their clientele and ensure that the help truly goes to those who genuinely need it. WIC is an excellent case study on how federal safety-net programs should be run: Locally administered, requires personal interaction, and limited.

Salt Lake, UT

A relative went online to check out the Obama care health rates, for her it would be over 1000.00 a month for 2/3 of the coverage she currently has through her employer. Not a good deal at least in her case. Keep in mind, the repubs are trying to level the playing field. by law Obama care should have started the same time for businesses as for the public, Obama gave businesses 1 more year to comply.by the way he doesn't have the legal authority to do that. It must be through the legislator to change or modify laws.. Does that sound fair? Repubs are only asking to delay Obama care for 1 year as well for everyone. But the Dems have rejected 3 budgets that have been offered that would fully fund the government minus the Obamacare for 1 year. Both parties share blame in this shut down.

USS Enterprise, UT

Let me get this right. We are handing out tax payer funded food so that people can quit good jobs and work for less money?

We are also giving out money to single mothers going to college? Where are the fathers, and why is it that they have money for tuition and books but can't feed their child? Isn't their child important enough that they would do anything they could for them?

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Wow. Such vitriol directed at babies who have NO say in how their situation is the way it is. Pretty disgusting if you go back and read these comments. I can't even believe these are being written by Utahns.

More of that "compassionate conservatism" we heard so much about from the past. I guess you guys only care about babies before they are born.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "CHS 85" what vitriol is directed at babies?

The only complaints I have seen are towards irresponsible parents or people that use the system so that they don't have to work as hard.

Would you rather they become dependant on the government for the rest of their lives? By giving out welfare to people that are able bodied or people that choose to quit a good paying job, we are just enabling them and thier children to think of the federal government as a free ATM that will take care of them no matter what.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

WIC as fully funded by the Republicans. Obama and the Democrats are using those mothers and those children as pawns. The Republicans are not to blame. They funded all programs except for ObamaCare. All programs! If children go hungry, call Obama and Harry Reid. Ask them why they took the food out of the mouths of baby for their political purposes.

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