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Going hungry in America

dmcowen674

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8-23-2012

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/going-hungry-america-distressing-humbling-scary-011618014.html?_esi=1

Going hungry in America: ‘Distressing,’ ‘humbling’ and ‘scary’



Dave Krepcho, director of the Second Harvest Food Bank, checks inventory at the food bank warehouse in Orlando, Fla. In the past four years, food distribution to 500 pantries, shelters, and other relief agencies in the six-county area has jumped about 60 percent. In the last year alone, that amounted to 36 million pounds of food. Krepcho estimates about 30 percent of those seeking help are first-timers. They're blue-collar and white-collar, many middle class, even some upper middle class. They include college-educated couples and professionals.


Eighteen percent of Americans say there have been times this year that they couldn't afford the food they needed, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. In particularly hard-hit regions of the United States, like the South, at least one in five didn't have enough money for food. In Preston's Virginia, 15.2 percent of state residents are affected. (See a full list.)


When she worked as a Wal-Mart cashier, Michelle Croy remembers watching seniors decide between buying food and buying medicine.


"Their medicine often ranked first so that meant that Vienna sausages and crackers sufficed for the month for sustenance," she writes. "I never really entertained the thought that someday that would be me."


The single mother in Huntington, W.V., says she is shocked she must scramble to pay bills and feed her children. Milk runs upward of $4 a gallon, and a pack of hamburger costs $9. "This is why my family settles with a banana or cereal for breakfast, skips lunches entirely, eats a dinner that is produced almost entirely from our garden, and hardly ever eats out."


Croy, now a student teacher in Huntington ("where jobs are as scarce as rain in the Sahara"), writes that while groceries trump other needs and wants, they could be in worse shape.


"My case is nowhere near as disheartening as those of the children who go to bed hungry every night, or the families who survive solely on donations from food banks," she writes, "but it's indicative of the reality that most of us middle-class Americans face: We are all just one paycheck away from going hungry or living homeless out on the streets."
 

gingermeggs

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This should prove to you the old saying "It's who you know, not what you know!".
oneman bands take the first hit! until they gang up!
 

zanejohnson

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yep, it's definitely getting rough...


i'm afraid we're gonna see something simalar to the dissolution of the soviet union in our time.. it made those russians smart, and strong however, and F ING fearless...

welp we'll give it another try i'd imagine.. we just need to get our tenure, we're a young country, and we're due for turmoil, it's just growing pains.
 
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sMiLeYz

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^ The great depression. Look it up.

Don't forget to thank a Democrat for the economy.
Nice to see you resorting partisan hackery and denial again. Are you gonna play the team democrat versus team Republican game again? Did poverty and childhood hunger start and end with Bush and Obama? No it didn't.
 

sportage

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Don't forget to thank a Democrat for the economy.
Bull shit !!!
Fact. GW Bush destroyed the US economy.
Just like he destroyed every business venture he ever entered.
It wasn't a democrat crying into the camera asking for a tax payer bailout.

That is fact!

The sad part... No president will most likely NEVER be able to fix the economy.
Obama has no magic wand. Nor does Mitt.
Believe me. Mitt Romney has no magic wand either.
Only a chain saw and mental relapse.
The dirty deed has been done. And during a republican administration.

It would take the magic of Harry Potter to solve our national ecomic woes.

And what is worse, and seldom mentioned, is not only did the poor policies of the GW Bush era destroy the American economy, it spread over into the world economy.
And THAT damage is not easily solved, if ever to be solved at all.

It is totally and truly amazing what Obama has been able to contain and revive with attempting to maintain what is left of the US economy.
No other president could have done that. Certainlly not a republican. Not as long as they refuse to realize and admit the failures that created that poor economy in the first place.

So the 64 million dollar question...?
Do we continue to struggle along in maintaining a limping economy, slowly on the recovery?
Or do we return to the very same old republican chain saw policies that created this mess?

Or maybe the real question is, can voters be fooled into repeating the failures of the GW years?
High priced wars.
Tax cuts for the wealthy.
More trickle down economics?
Because THAT is the Mitt Romney plan. (for those still not paying attention)
And if we return to those good old GW days... Just how bad will it be four years from now?
That is the scary part of the question...

No, no president in the far future can undo the tragic wounds inflicted after eight years of self destruction.
Obama has amazingly been able to keep things fairly stable, for the most part.
But that stability is paper thin. Extremely delicate. Like a tight long thin string.
Dropping an elephant on that thin string tightrope will bring us all crashing down to our collective demise.
But lets just wait and see the intelligence voters still maintain come this November.
 

dmcowen674

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Bull shit !!!
Fact. GW Bush destroyed the US economy.
Just like he destroyed every business venture he ever entered.
It wasn't a democrat crying into the camera asking for a tax payer bailout.

That is fact!

The sad part... No president will most likely NEVER be able to fix the economy.
Obama has no magic wand. Nor does Mitt.
Believe me. Mitt Romney has no magic wand either.
Only a chain saw and mental relapse.
The dirty deed has been done. And during a republican administration.

It would take the magic of Harry Potter to solve our national ecomic woes.

And what is worse, and seldom mentioned, is not only did the poor policies of the GW Bush era destroy the American economy, it spread over into the world economy.
And THAT damage is not easily solved, if ever to be solved at all.

It is totally and truly amazing what Obama has been able to contain and revive with attempting to maintain what is left of the US economy.
No other president could have done that. Certainlly not a republican. Not as long as they refuse to realize and admit the failures that created that poor economy in the first place.

So the 64 million dollar question...?
Do we continue to struggle along in maintaining a limping economy, slowly on the recovery?
Or do we return to the very same old republican chain saw policies that created this mess?

Or maybe the real question is, can voters be fooled into repeating the failures of the GW years?
High priced wars.
Tax cuts for the wealthy.
More trickle down economics?
Because THAT is the Mitt Romney plan. (for those still not paying attention)
And if we return to those good old GW days... Just how bad will it be four years from now?
That is the scary part of the question...

No, no president in the far future can undo the tragic wounds inflicted after eight years of self destruction.
Obama has amazingly been able to keep things fairly stable, for the most part.
But that stability is paper thin. Extremely delicate. Like a tight long thin string.
Dropping an elephant on that thin string tightrope will bring us all crashing down to our collective demise.
But lets just wait and see the intelligence voters still maintain come this November.
Excellent post :thumbsup:
 

Matt1970

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Bull shit !!!
Fact. GW Bush destroyed the US economy.
Just like he destroyed every business venture he ever entered.
It wasn't a democrat crying into the camera asking for a tax payer bailout.

That is fact!
No, the housing market collapse destroyed the economy. You wouldn't know a fact if it came up and bit you in the ass.
 

Matt1970

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This article has to be a lie because the P&N rich elite when I said milk was $4 and hamburgers $9 that I was lying.

Someone deserves an apology and that would be me.
It's funny, most of those donations to the food bank that you mention are probably from the rich elite. Did you donate any extra income this week? Surely you made more money than those standing in line at the food bank.
 

Demo24

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nehalem256

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Poor nutrition actually causes obesity.

Don't confuse hungry with starving, two different things.

People in Ethiopia are starving for example.
No. Consuming more calories than you expend causes obesity. Being poor does not repeal the laws of physics.

Hungry implies you are not getting enough to eat. Obesity implies the opposite.
 

EagleKeeper

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It's funny, most of those donations to the food bank that you mention are probably from the rich elite. Did you donate any extra income this week? Surely you made more money than those standing in line at the food bank.
Most Democrats will only complain but not contribute to solving the problems.

Case in point here.

And he never showed where milk was $4 at the time he made the claim.

Nor burgers @ $9/lb.


Still no burgers at $9/lb
 

ichy

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If you're going hungry you should be eating beans, not burgers. Beef is far from the most economical food out there.
 

ichy

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No. Consuming more calories than you expend causes obesity. Being poor does not repeal the laws of physics.

Hungry implies you are not getting enough to eat. Obesity implies the opposite.
In dmcowen land nobody is responsible for their own actions. Everything is the fault of the "one percent."
 

Pr0d1gy

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In dmcowen land nobody is responsible for their own actions. Everything is the fault of the "one percent."
I can accept that many people refuse to take responsibility for their own failure, but you need to also accept that this country has been internally sabatoged by the 1% through offshoring, outsourcing, insourcing, failure to monitor the banking and mortgage industries, bribery of ratings agencies, and insider trading.
 

ichy

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Anyone who even uses the term "the 1%" with a straight face is an idiot.
 

dmcowen674

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It's funny, most of those donations to the food bank that you mention are probably from the rich elite. Did you donate any extra income this week? Surely you made more money than those standing in line at the food bank.
You and that other Elitist 1%er know nothing about obesity or food banks.

Food banks get most of the food from the Evil Corporations ergo the 1%.
 
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Bull shit !!!
Fact. GW Bush destroyed the US economy.
Just like he destroyed every business venture he ever entered.
It wasn't a democrat crying into the camera asking for a tax payer bailout.

That is fact!

The sad part... No president will most likely NEVER be able to fix the economy.
Obama has no magic wand. Nor does Mitt.
Believe me. Mitt Romney has no magic wand either.
Only a chain saw and mental relapse.
The dirty deed has been done. And during a republican administration.

It would take the magic of Harry Potter to solve our national ecomic woes.

And what is worse, and seldom mentioned, is not only did the poor policies of the GW Bush era destroy the American economy, it spread over into the world economy.
And THAT damage is not easily solved, if ever to be solved at all.

It is totally and truly amazing what Obama has been able to contain and revive with attempting to maintain what is left of the US economy.
No other president could have done that. Certainlly not a republican. Not as long as they refuse to realize and admit the failures that created that poor economy in the first place.

So the 64 million dollar question...?
Do we continue to struggle along in maintaining a limping economy, slowly on the recovery?
Or do we return to the very same old republican chain saw policies that created this mess?

Or maybe the real question is, can voters be fooled into repeating the failures of the GW years?
High priced wars.
Tax cuts for the wealthy.
More trickle down economics?
Because THAT is the Mitt Romney plan. (for those still not paying attention)
And if we return to those good old GW days... Just how bad will it be four years from now?
That is the scary part of the question...

No, no president in the far future can undo the tragic wounds inflicted after eight years of self destruction.
Obama has amazingly been able to keep things fairly stable, for the most part.
But that stability is paper thin. Extremely delicate. Like a tight long thin string.
Dropping an elephant on that thin string tightrope will bring us all crashing down to our collective demise.
But lets just wait and see the intelligence voters still maintain come this November.
The economy could have been fixed if people listened to Ron Paul
 

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