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Return of the Coatless Girl


Rich, that sounds awfully like Edwards’ stump speech from 2004, but longer. When I saw him in Gorham, NH, he mentioned the eight-year old girl going to bed hungry, and said “It doesn’t have to be this way.” Is it the same coatless girl?

I said at the time you can get a brand-new girl’s winter coat from Wal-Mart for $9.99 (or you can until the Edwards protectionist regime puts the price up to $39.99) and at “Cheap Kids” (which I stopped in at on the way home from Gorham) a very nice second-hand coat could be had for $3.99.

This is such a lazily anachronistic image of poverty, one that can only be seen from the top of the four-story tower in Castle Edwards. Poor children today aren’t shivering and emaciated; they’re suffering from childhood diabetes and obesity from the careless abundance of cheap food. Even the modish Brit poseur David Cameron understands it’s not Dickensian London anymore. And, if it is, couldn’t the eight-year old girl be hired as a chimney sweep for “John’s Lounge“?


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