Hunger: Difference Between Not Having Resources To Solve A Problem And Just Not Making It A Priority

Posted: September 22, 2013 in Current Events
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How is it in a nation where around 50 million people are food insecure, including around 17 million children, that there is a bunch of yahoos in Congress (a majority in the House) that can actually in good conscience vote to cut aid for food?

I mean, the fact that people want to eat is a sign of government excess?  It’s not because it’s some sort of ‘get rich quick’ scheme.  The average recipient gets $133/month (or about a lousy $1.50 per meal).  It’s not that people are too lazy to work.  40% of households receiving aid have at least one working adult (though you get into another situation where you can get a job that barely clears the income limit and really fall short of what you need to feed your family yet don’t qualify for assistance).  It’s not that we don’t have enough food.  40% of the food produced in this country each year just gets thrown away.  And it’s not that we don’t have enough money.  This nation’s GDP is over $16 trillion.  We certainly can afford to feed everyone.

Now it’s true that this won’t ever pass the Senate, much less get signed by President Obama.  But although our food insecurity problem is among the worst for advanced economic nations, it is not a good sign it’s a problem we are going to solve anytime soon.  Apparently feeding people, even children, is just not a priority.

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