The Op-Ed below is another example of the ridiculous do-gooder attitude of liberals and lovers of government control. This guy contradicts himself at every turn. His story begins with examples of his parents helping poor people with food and clothing when he was a child. That is a great story. Direct charity to your fellow man is a great thing. Donating clothes to the Purple Heart or giving food or money to your local food bank is a worthy thing to do.
But immediately this guy ignores his own history and demands that government do more for the starving children of America. What a crock. There are 310 million Americans and you can count on one hand the number of children who starve to death in the US. Poor kids in America are much more likely to look like this:
They are hardly starving. Every poor kid in America already can get a free breakfast and lunch in our public schools. Why our taxes should feed kids in school, I don’t know. We are already spending $72 billion a year on food stamps. Just because their parents are buying KFC and Twinkies with the food stamps isn’t my problem.
Can these liberal do-gooders make up their minds. In November of 2009 President Obama “reacted with concern” at a report that Americans are suffering “record levels” of “food insecurity”. President Obama was quoted as saying that “it is particularly troubling that there were more than 500,000 families in which a child experienced hunger multiple times over the course of the year.” In his statement, the President committed to “reversing the trend of rising hunger. In addition, a bill I signed into law last month invests $85 million in new strategies to prevent children from experiencing hunger in the summer.”
Then three months later Michelle Obama began her campaign against childhood obesity. Some of the goals include ending what Obama referred to as “food deserts” with a $400 million a year “Healthy Food Financing Initiative,” which will bring grocery stores to low-income neighborhoods and “help places like convenience stores carry healthier food options.” Mrs. Obama also plans to have the government spend over $10 billion to feed even more children through government programs, under the Childhood Nutrition Act.
So which is it? How can poor children be starving and obese at the same time? They can’t. The starving children storyline is false. I think it is hysterical that Thomasson quotes from the CON AGRA FOODS FOUNDATION report about starving children in America. Of course the biggest food company in the world is going to try and convince the government to spend more taxpayer dollars on food because it will increase their profits.
I love the weasel words like “food insecurity” and “food deprivation”. The averge schmuck reading this editorial will be nodding their head in agreement. Something must be done. We can’t let this happen in America. It’s total bullshit. This quote from an article interviewing Robert Rector from the Heritage Foundation captures the essence of the debate:
Groups such as Feed the Children paint a bleak picture, proclaiming that 12 million American children are “at risk” of going hungry. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which conducts the nation’s food-consumption and hunger survey, says otherwise. “During the full course of the year, only one child in 67 was reported ‘hungry,’ even temporarily, because the family couldn’t afford enough food,” Mr. Rector reports. “Ninety-nine percent of children did not skip a single meal during 2009 because of lack of financial resources. …
No, none of this means America’s poor live in the lap of luxury. Indeed, some are in dire circumstances and in need of charity. But — on average — their lifestyles are equally far from the images of stark deprivation often purveyed by activists and the mainstream media.
Nor is this unimportant or simply some academic exercise intended to dismiss the plight of those truly struggling to survive. “If we as a nation are ever to have a sound anti-poverty policy,” Mr. Rector concludes, “it must be based on accurate information on the extent, severity and causes of actual deprivation.
I drive through West Philadelphia every day. It is one of the poorest sections of a poor city. These people aren’t living high on the hog, but they ain’t starving either. I’d say 7 out of 10 people that I see on the streets are obese. I have yet to see an emaciated or malnourished soul in the four years I’ve been driving along the 30 Blocks of Squalor. But I do see every kid with a cell phone. I see every house with a satellite dish. I see Cadillacs, BMWs, Mercedes and racing motorcycles parked in front of low income housing.
If you want to help the poor, donate food to a food shelter or volunteer to help. Giving more of our taxes to the Federal Government so they can further impoverish poor people and waste money on buraucracy and failed programs is foolish and stupid.