HUNGER IN THE LAND OF THE FREE
Robert Reich tells us this morning that “More than one in three families with young children is now living in poverty (37 percent, to be exact) according to a recent analysis of Census data by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies. That’s the highest percent on record. The Agriculture Department says nearly one in four young children (23.6) lives in a family that had difficulty affording sufficient food at some point last year.”
What is our government planning to do about this? Well, the push is to cut programs to help feed these kids, or provide them with medical care.
Corporate media are responsible for confusing the public about all of this, with their inane excuse of “giving both sides” of issues. As we often point out, in many areas, there are more than two sides, and often, as in whether we should feed hungry kids, there is only one valid side. Transnational corporations and transnational investors that don’t give a damn about this country or its people should not get equal time to talk about their need for more access to the treasury coupled with further tax breaks.
Pertaining to war, Americans are allowed, for the “both sides of the issue,” the side of hawks who support the current wars, and, on the other side, hawks who want to attack more countries, such as Syria, Venezuela and Iran. The side of the American people, who polling shows are opposed to the wars and want to shut them down, is not allowed.
And this small add-on by Jack:
When I was in Vietnam, ten years before the war ended, I could see we were going to lose the war. We were surrounded by people who hated us, as they earlier hated the French, and insurgents we called “Viet Cong” could go to any village and be fed and provided shelter, just as is the case for the Taliban in Afghanistan, taken in by Afghanis who want, as did the Vietnamese people, the foreign occupiers gone.