Monday, November 02, 2009

The world's wealthiest welfare society . . .

Half of US kids will get food stamps, study says

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

Monday, November 2, 2009

(11-02) 17:36 PST Chicago (AP) --

Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout from the current recession could push those numbers even higher, researchers say.

The estimate comes from an analysis of 30 years of national data, and it bolsters other recent evidence on the pervasiveness of youngsters at economic risk. It suggests that almost everyone knows a family who has received food stamps, or will in the future, said lead author Mark Rank, a sociologist at Washington University in St. Louis.

That seems to pretty much sum up where we are as a country doesn't it? Never enough money to seriously address endemic societal issues like poverty and homelessness and health care, but a veritable never ending supply of greenbacks for misguided military/industrial complex projects and wars and a free-flowing spigot of interest free bailout cash for the corporate and Wall Street hucksters and thieves.

Is it any wonder then that it's all beginning to crumble down around us in a slow motion implosion. And it's really difficult for me to wrap my head around the concept of a country that will see half of it's children on government welfare going around the world threatening other countries to clean up their acts or risk facing U.S. military intervention. There's something brazenly hypocritical about that.


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