There are at present, 31,500,000 Americans on food stamps. But they’ll barely admit that we are in a recession, or that a full-blown depression is just around the corner.
But anti-hunger groups said the economic downturn is the main reason behind the higher figures.
I know that the number of “food poor” is actually much higher then this. Not everyone can qualify for food stamps. Our local stores here are filled with people using them, but I’ve seen people who cannot buy food.
One fellow was maxed out on his debit card in a nearby town. He’d put bacon, cheese and bread on the counter and the cashier rang it up and ran his card. It came back declined. She tried again, same thing. He told the cashier that he must not have any money in his account and wouldn’t be able to buy it.
It was about 7:30 in the morning and I was next in line. He walked out the door and I said, “Looks like he was buying breakfast” and she said, “Yeah, he’s a real nice kid, but he’s having a hard time of it”. I told her to set the items aside, I would buy them if I could catch up with the guy.
He was just rounding the corner of the building when I hollered at him to come back. He didn’t even have a car. I told him I’d pick up the tab for breakfast and took him back inside, bought the whopping $13 worth of food for him and handed him another $50. He asked me for a job.
The moral of this story is Americans need help, badly. But contrast this simple example to how American Iron is still screwing the average guy. Begging for billions while still giving millions to lobbyists and politicians.
There is no balance in this country, no equilibrium. The danger here should be obvious, and what we all need to do.
We can start by abandoning Detroit. They do not deserve one cent.
Update: I saw this last night, but should have included this in this post. As if you needed a reason to blame Detroit, here’s (just) one.
Back in July, Ford released the details of a new Fiesta it plans to begin selling this November. The new car is based on Ford’s ECOnetic platform and can get 63 mpg in the city and 73 mpg on the highway. So why is it only available in Europe? It’s a diesel, and Ford doesn’t think Americans will ever adopt diesel cars.
According to Businessweek, Ford lists a littany of excuses why they could never market this car in the US. Chief among these excuses is that they don’t think they could ever sell enough of them to make a profit. Ford says that in order to produce them for the US market they’d have to build a new plant and then make at least 350,000 of them a year.
So we’re still getting cars that get 20 mpg and some at 30 mpg. Ford in this case, on the “big three”, doesn’t think Americans would buy their 60 & 70 mpg cars.
It is this kind of thinking behind corporate America that really pisses me off. Now they want the government to bail them out with billions of dollars in handouts.
But even these billions pale in comparison to the trillions committed to bailing out the failing financial sector.
The problem here is ALL of the wrong people are being “helped” to your money, which translates to multi-generations of financial commitment, think your grandkids, grandkids, grandkids here, being enslaved to help the fools of today. The greedy hands being shoved in our faces deserve to have their fingers broken off. And the irresponsible banks that are now buying up “solid assets” should have all of your money taken out of them and buried in a can in your backyard.
Demanding Congress to stop giving away money to these greedy bastards isn’t going to be enough. You’ll need to step up to the plate yourself and stop supporting your government and it’s failing institutions including banks, in all sizes, shapes and methods. They sure as hell are not supporting you or the American that is going hungry. They simply do not give a shit.
As a side note — the financial collapse of our system is no accident. It is deliberate, methodical and pure evil. America and th world is being fast-tracked to a new global system of power and control. There is really little we can do about it, and therefore as promised, I’m not going to rant on the subject much.
But you can prepare for this and when the time is right for you, you can fight back. Just learn the lesson that fighting this politically is not the answer and never was.