Class Warfare Blog

September 7, 2013

There’s No Poverty Problem, Nothing to See Here, Move Along!

According to a report made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture food insecurity in the United States remains at record levels for the fifth year in a row, with 17.6 million households struggling to feed their families, and 7 million of these suffering from “very low food security” that forced them to go hungry in 2012. And almost three quarters of the people leading these households have jobs!

But wait, the Republicans have a solution! Congressional Republicans have pushed for a $40 billion cut to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka “food stamps”) which provides food assistance to millions of low-income families in the US. That will make things . . . better?

Come on people, the richest country in the world, where we let half of our food spoil so that it must be thrown out, which managed to feed almost everyone as late as the 1970’s, isn’t exactly showing positive exceptionalism here (negative exceptionalism, yes). We can do better. We are not right now, what we are doing is called ‘worse” and a scandal of the highest order.

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  1. I’m sure the extremist in the GOP feel these people can pick themselves up and make it down to the dumpsters where this wasted food is disposed of.

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    Comment by lbwoodgate — September 7, 2013 @ 10:40 am | Reply

    • Unfortunately some of the state GOP lawmakers have made dumpster diving, especially for food, illegal. A recent arrest on this basis was published by one of the internet news channels. It is just that those people are lazy … and shiftless … and … I would just like to get to a place where one’s labor was honored and that if one worked they made enough to feed and house themselves (not necessarily raise a family of four, but at least themselves). I recently took some rugs to a shop to have them cleaned. The clerk measured the rugs, tagged them, and wrote up the order. The machine that cleans the rugs is automated, so they only have to be muscled into the machine and then rolled up when it is done, the customer notified, etc. This job doesn’t require a college education and until we get robots, it can only be done by a human. Isn’t that labor honorable? Should somebody have to starve to death to keep such a job. This is pathetic. And if you look at the increased corporate profits, it comes from reduced or stagnant wages, almost entirely. Productivity goes up, sales go up, profits go up, wages stay the same or go down. The poor are then told they are lazy and shiftless. Appalling.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — September 7, 2013 @ 11:02 am | Reply

    • That’s Freeganism!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeganism

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      Comment by john zande — September 7, 2013 @ 11:22 am | Reply

      • Just what we need, a term for people scrounging for food. I suggest “Upfuckedism” for all of the Republican efforts to reduce the size of government (except when it comes to women’s reproductive organs, there they want more government, way more). The German cognate is “upgefuckedheit.”

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        Comment by stephenpruis — September 7, 2013 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  2. If Republicans actually spent as much energy on creating jobs as they spend on trying to cut benefits for the poor, they could at least put up a pretense that they want the poor to get jobs. Right now, it just looks like they try to reduce poverty by starving out the poor.

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    Comment by List of X — September 7, 2013 @ 3:38 pm | Reply


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