Oh, the humanity: Sequestration spoils seniors’ poolside breakfasts

With its chairwoman in Tallahassee Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee must have Florida more on its mind than usual.

Here’s an unintentionally funny email blast from the “DNC Rapid Response” crew, passing along an article from Tuesday’s Orlando Sentinel:

Winter Park pool
Winter Park pool

“For the elderly, low-income residents who gather for breakfast and birthday cake at the Winter Park Community Center, the news is not good. Funding cuts mandated by Congress’ sequestration mean Seniors First is closing five … meals sites in Orange County — including theirs.”

Before your tears well, read what the town’s website has to say about the Winter Park Community Center, where those huddled masses are going hungry because of sequestration:

“The Winter Park Community Center … opened its doors to the public on Oct. 1 … Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, two regulation basketball courts, media center and banquet space … and a multipurpose pool with zero-depth entry and lap lanes.”

And here’s the Dickensian slum that comprises the rest of Winter Park, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures from 2007-2011: population: 28,000; median household income: $57,432, compared to a statewide average income of $47,827; per capita income: $46,544, compared to a statewide average of $26,733.

In short, Winter Park isn’t poor, and it’s a pretty good bet the free breakfasts being served there really aren’t the only meals those seniors are scraping by with.

If this is the best the DNC can do, sequestration is the best move we’ve made in years.


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