Hungry

In 2007, more than 37 million Americans were living in poverty. That amounts to more than 12.5% of the population.

Food stamp recipients rose by 2.6 million from August 2007 until August 2008.

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that over 36 million adults and children in the US are "food insecure," which means they don't get enough to eat.

I think something is drastically wrong with our priorities when we allow 36 million of our citizens (almost the total populations of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey combined) to struggle to find enough food to eat.

In 2007, the top ten hedge fund managers made a combined income of $16.1 billion.

In 2007, the US Defense budget was in the $1 trillion range.

In 2007, the top 1% of U.S. families accounted for 23.5% of all personal income in the U.S.

In 2009, the US will spend almost as much as the rest of the world combined on the military.

Meanwhile, the top lobbyists spend over $2 billion a year influencing our elected officials and that's not counting campaign contributions.

I hope you've never been hungry. I hope you've never looked into a child's eyes and seen the look of hunger.

And, I hope in my heart that there is a very warm place in hell for people that can do something about it and turn away.

2 thoughts on “Hungry”

  1. And let’s not forget the billions earned by top entertainers, sports figures, casinos, gambling of all types from racing to state lotteries, media, political, and union reps who hold positions of power and influence.
    Perhaps we should also include the millions of government dollars alledgedly misspent by leaders and not rich at all ACORN members who told people how to defraud the government out of paying taxes on illelegal and immoral activites funded by government programs.
    What is it about gaining power & influence that tends to corrupt us all as human beings, no matter who we are or where we come from? Because until we figure that out, demonizing one class of the rich and redistributing their wealth will solve nothing. It will only put different people in positions of power & influence who are vulnerable to the same corruption, as history throughout the world has proven.

  2. “What is it about gaining power & influence that tends to corrupt us all as
    human beings, no matter who we are or where we come from? Because until we
    figure that out, demonizing one class of the rich and redistributing their
    wealth will solve nothing.”
    How do we figure that out, Suzanne? I’d love to hear your thinking on that.

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