Wednesday 13 November 2013

But Gary, You Never See Many Thin ‘Starving’ Americans…

Gary Younge tries hard not to see what's before his very eyes:
Last Friday, 47 million Americans had their food stamp benefits cut. These provide assistance to those who lack sufficient money to feed themselves and their families. Individuals lose $11 (£7) a month while a family of four will lose $36. That will save the public purse precious little – bombing Syria would have been far more costly – but will mean a great deal to those affected.
Really? When most of 'the poor' in the States are, well, frankly, landwhales?
Government figures show one in seven Americans is food insecure. According to Gallup, in August, one in five said they have, at times during the last year, lacked money to buy food that they or their families needed.
Did they really need it, though? Isn't it all in how you frame the question? I'm reminded of the exchange in the 70s sci fi film ‘Colossus: The Forbin Project’:

Colossus: How many nights a week do you require sex?
Dr. Forbin: Every night.
Colossus: Not want. Require...
Dr. Forbin: [looks sheepish] Four times.

But wait! Wasn’t Obama supposed to usher in a new age of prosperity for ‘the poor’?
Both figures are roughly the same as when Obama was elected.


Furor Teutonicus said...

XX bombing Syria would have been far more costly... XX

Save money; Bomb the poor!!!

Two birds with one stone.

JuliaM said...

But a rather expensive stone!

James Higham said...