Tuesday, February 24, 2009

There have been occasions when the couple have gone several days without eating.

America's Most Desperate: Why 35.5 Million People Are Going Hungry

Wyoming resident Mary sets out from her home everyday to collect discarded wooden pallets. Despite debilitating pain from spinal arthritis, she then uses an axe to chop them into firewood. Like many senior citizens across the country, her social security payments do not cover her medical expenses, or her household and fuel expenses. Mary, who is also diabetic, visits the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Casper for a food box. via sott

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7 thoughts on “There have been occasions when the couple have gone several days without eating.

  • Ah! at last I see fires burning

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  • In the US, 40% of those served in soup kitchens have jobs and one fifth of all homeless have jobs. We can all get what we want if we work hard, right?

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  • Recession or depression? What away to start a new millenium?

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  • Recession or depression? What away to start the new millenium? So much for the land of plenty. Says a lot for the American peoples fortitude that they put up with such inequality. The leaders (political and business) of our great nations have a lot to answer for. They have run both the UK and USA into the ground for their own ends. It really p****s me off.

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  • gone-to-colombia says:

    Good article, I lived in a small Southern American town, nobody earned much, most were on minimum wages.
    Most were Bush supporters, odd that!
    American is great if you have a job with benefits, it’s a hard cruel country for the poor. It’s as if they kick you when you’re down and don’t stop. I always prefered the British system, it seemed kinder.

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  • Enough Already says:

    Makes our ‘poor’ pensioners look like millionaires.

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  • American is great if you have a job with benefits, it’s a hard cruel country for the poor.

    In the USA, Real Americans (republicans, libertarians) think that it is exactly the opposite.

    They say that if you are a stupid, fat, lazy, self indulgent loser you get to live it large by legally STEALING the fruits of the winners via the extortion of the tax system, a land of welfare queens riding around in Cadillacs, of strapping young bucks on a t-bone steak diet.

    While the winners, the productive heroes, are cruelly exploited, having the fruits of their work STOLEN by the vicious exploitative parasites that benefit from endless welfare payments.

    The libertarians and the republicans believe that America is cruel to workers, and are all for more fairness and protecting workers from the exploitation of their work.

    Consider for example this anguished denunciation of the oppression of the deserving winners by a Republican leading light:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121460589609712025.html
    «Most of his former colleagues probably can’t fathom why Wall Street bankers make tens of millions of dollars in salaries and bonuses each year. How would he justify these fat pay days? “It’s simple,” he lectures, sounding very much like the Texas A&M economics professor that he was in the 1970s: “In economics, we define labor exploitation as paying people less than their marginal value product.

    I recently told Ed Whitacre [former CEO of AT&T, who retired with a $158 million pay package] he was probably the most exploited worker in American history because he took Southwestern Bell, which was the smallest of the former Bell companies, and he turned it into the dominant phone company on earth. His severance package should have been billions.”

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