Thursday, February 3, 2011

World's Richest Country has 12% Hungry/Starving

It is incredible to believe that a country that feels it is "strong" and "rich" can have 35 million of its citizens -- a full 12% -- have to receive food stamps to prevent starvation. Incredible.
35 Million Americans on Food Stamps: 12 Percent of U.S. Population on Food Stamps Highest Since Records Kept in 1969.

There are a few statistics that you can look at to see actual human pain in the real economy. You can look at the recent stock market rally yet even a 50+ percent rally is unable to create jobs or stem the economic pain of those at the lower end of the economic spectrum. Looking at food stamp participation from the United States Department of Agriculture shows us a very disturbing picture. When we did a report on this in August of 2009 we had 34 million Americans on food stamps. In the span of one month, the number jumped by over a million.

The raw data shows us that a stunning 12 percent of our entire population is receiving some form of food stamp assistance. The program is now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program but the theme is still the same. Let us look at some of the raw data:

There is more. Go read the whole article.
It is clear that Obama is just as dithering on the economy as he is on Egypt. The US needs leadership, but it gets a figurehead who can give a good speech, can posture, can call up wonderful images, but who just can't bring himself to act, to call on people do struggle, to strive for goals.

I remember Bush's response to 9/11. He called on Americans to "go shop". Well... Obama isn't do much better when it comes to giving leadership and direction in troubled times.

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