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Epidemic Of Hunger: New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

Crying Girl - Photo by D Sharon PruittIf the economy really is “getting better”, then why are nearly 50 million Americans dealing with food insecurity?  In 1854, Henry David Thoreau observed that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”.  The same could be said of our time.  In America today, most people are quietly scratching and clawing their way from month to month.  Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year, but those that actually are working are better off than the millions upon millions of Americans that can’t find jobs.  The level of employment in this nation has remained fairly level since the end of the last recession, and median household income has gone down for five years in a row.  Meanwhile, our bills just keep going up and the cost of food is starting to rise at a very frightening pace.  Family budgets are being squeezed tighter and tighter, and more families are falling out of the middle class every single day.  In fact, a new report by Feeding America (which operates the largest network of food banks in the country) says that 49 million Americans are “food insecure” at this point.  Approximately 16 million of them are children.  It is a silent epidemic of hunger that those living in the wealthy areas of the country don’t hear much about.  But it is very real.

The mainstream media and our politicians continue to insist that “things are getting better”, and that may be true for Wall Street, but the man who was in charge of the new Feeding America report says that the level of suffering for the tens of millions of Americans that are food insecure has not changed

Nothing is getting better,” said Craig Gundersen, lead researcher of the report, “Map the Meal Gap 2014,” and an expert in food insecurity and food aid programs.

Let’s stop talking about the end of the Great Recession until we can make sure that we get food insecurity rates down to a more reasonable level,” he added. “We’re still in the throes of the Great Recession, from my perspective.”

In fact, a different report seems to indicate that hunger in America is actually getting worse

Children’s HealthWatch, a network of doctors and public health researchers who collect data on children up to 4 years old, says 29% of the households they track were at risk of hunger last year, compared with 25% the year before.

If someone tries to tell you that “the economy is getting better”, that person is probably living in a wealthy neighborhood.  Because those that live in poor neighborhoods would not describe what is going around them as an “improvement”.

In particular, many minority neighborhoods are really dealing with extremely high levels of food insecurity right now.  The following comes from a recent NBC News article

“Minorities are facing serious hunger issues. Ninety-three percent of counties with a majority African-American population fall within the top 10 percent of food-insecure counties, while 60 percent of majority American Indian counties fall in that category”

But if you don’t live in one of those areas and you don’t know anyone that is facing food insecurity, it can be difficult to grasp just how much people are actually suffering out there right now.

For example, consider the story of a young mother named Tianna Gaines Turner

Tianna Gaines Turner can’t remember the last time she went to bed without worrying about how she was going to feed her three children.

She can’t remember the last time she woke up and wasn’t worried about how she and her husband would make enough in their part-time jobs to buy groceries and pay utilities on their apartment in a working-class section of Philadelphia.

And she can’t remember the last time she felt confident she and her husband wouldn’t have to skip meals so their children could eat.

Have you ever been in a position where you had to skip meals just so that other family members could have something to eat?

I haven’t, so it is hard for me to imagine having to do such a thing.  But there are millions of parents that are faced with these kinds of hard choices every day.

Things can be particularly hard if you are a single parent.  Just consider the story of Jamie Grimes

After Jaime Grimes found out in January that her monthly food stamps would be cut again, this time by $40, the single mother of four broke down into sobs — then she took action.

The former high school teacher made a plan to stretch her family’s meager food stores even further. She used oatmeal and ground beans as filler in meatloaf and tacos. She watered down juice and low-fat milk to make it last longer. And she limited herself to one meal a day so her kids — ages 3, 4, 13, and 16 — would have enough to eat.

I have such admiration for working single mothers.  Many of them work more than one job just so that they can provide for their children.  It can be absolutely frustrating to work as hard as you possibly can and still not have enough money to pay the bills at the end of the month.

Those that believe that the economy has gotten “back to normal” just need to look at the number of women that have been forced to turn to government assistance.  As I mentioned the other day, a decade ago the number of American women that had jobs outnumbered the number of American women on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of American women on food stamps actually exceeds the number of American women that have jobs.

The truth is that we are nowhere close to where we used to be.  The last major economic downturn permanently damaged the middle class, and now the next major economic downturn is rapidly approaching.

Right now, there are nearly 50 million Americans that are facing food insecurity.  When the next economic crisis strikes, that number is going to go much higher.

There is going to be a great need for love and compassion in this country during the hard times that are coming.  Instead of just cursing the darkness, I hope that you will choose to be a light to those that desperately need it.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Oh yes, I’ve been there. I’ve been there.

    IT IS NOT FUN.

    Wondering where my next meal will come from – hoping it’s not from the dumpster behind the Jack in the Box restaurant.
    You know, something happens to you when you’ve gone through the fire, so to speak You gain a new appreciation for what other people are going through. I’ve become far more compassionate. Not being taken advantage of, but compassionate (yes, there is a difference.)

    Meanwhile, back on NBC TV…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jidziKYG9jk

    • Bill

      How do you get your links cleared so quick?

      • Mondobeyondo

        Huh?

        • Bill

          Seems to me that your comment above has a “link” to YouTube. When I include a link in my comment it takes hours to clear.

        • The Rich Fat Cat

          Money is just evil stuff. All the rich fat cats own it. People like George Soros Warren Buffett Bill Gates that sexy billionear in Mexico and cute Jamie Diamond.

  • K

    It is getting worse each passing month. The foodbank I help out, has barely squeaked by the last 3 months. Donors are having to pull back, to take care of their own families. Wages down, prices up, simple math tells you we can not hold out much longer. Things are going up so fast, you have to adopt, a new way of thinking. Example I just had to put new tires on my truck. Normally I would have tried to get by to next winter. But with the way prices are moving, I decide to get them while I could still afford them. It is the same way with food. I see nothing that will stop the upward trend for quite a while. So if you have a little money, and the space, buy it while you can afford it. And never forget, there will be some people worse off than you. Help them if you can. Because surviving at any cost, is just not worth it.

    • Scared Economist

      Our Food Pantry is struggling also. The same month the State of Ohio cut Food Stamps and told people they would have to rely more on the Food Banks, the USDA cut our allowance of government food.
      Our donations from Krogers grocery chain have plummetted —- a new District manager has been promoted with the mandate to cut waste. Out-dated food items that used to be cut in price and offered as a “Manager Special” are now being cut several times before being donated.

      • djc

        I live in NE Ohio and our area has been struggling for a very long time with no sign of even a small improvement on the horizon. God help us if the national economy tanks again like 2008.

    • Mondobeyondo

      St. Mary’s Food Bank (in Phoenix, Arizona… the world’s first food bank) is feeling the pinch as well. People typically give during the holiday season, and that’s admirable. But people are needy all year long. Yes, even in August, when Santa is relaxing at a hotel in Miami. Please don’t forget those people in need.

    • laura m.

      K, it’s for sure getting worse for even retirees like me and friends plus the med. bills (co pays), we are barely able to donate food like we used to; lucky to afford groceries & watch sales. I donate to two group homes-school age kids, and others help out with expenses incl car maint. and house repairs. I don’t see how young couples can afford kids unless they are in highly paid jobs. I worked sometimes two jobs, husband was HVAC tech and we didn’t take time to raise kids- too expensive even forty yrs ago! Folks: if you can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed ‘em.

      • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

        Start growing your own food, and DON’T let the authorities tell you no.

        • Priszilla

          Well, don’t tell the authority that you grow food. Just grow it. It’s none of their business what you do on your own ground, as long as you don’t grow marihuana.

          I grew food wherever I lived. In China, I grew tomatoes and basil on the balcony at the 29th floor. And in the bucket I experimented with composting. (it was quite messy, but in China nobody cares what you do as long as you don’t ty to overthrow the government).

          And I grew avocado trees and mango trees, which I gave away when they became too big for the balcony. And lemon trees and aloe vera, and bitter gourd (lovely bitter greens).

          In UK I grew tulips, which were stolen either by the slugs or by the neighbours.
          This year I tried to grow nettles in the front yard. Not easy.

          But if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

      • Priszilla

        There are so many charities around here always asking for money and volunteers.

        I applied and always mentioned that I’m gay and have a partner, and I never got a reply.

        So, the need just isn’t big enough yet.

        Our money goes to our nieces, to finance their university studies.
        Hopefully they will find a job in Canada.

        • juice

          I always thought you were a little off, Priszilla! Now I know why, lol.

    • Sandbagger

      According to Harry Dent, we are on the verge of deflation. Stock market collapse and lower prices for many things are coming sometime between now and early 2015.
      Who knows if that’s going to happen? But his argument for it uses demographic data that is VERY persuasive.

      • K

        Do not count on that including food. If you have the money, you may get a great deal on a computer, or a TV. Anything that people do not need to survive. Food will be in short enough supply, deflation is unlikely to affect it.

    • Priszilla

      So, did you put the tyres on right now, or did you just buy them to put on next winter?

      • K

        They are on now. With the heavy rains predicted for the next couple of days. Glad I did.

  • Sandy Sandells

    The last time you wrote an article like this it was insulting to those who needed assistance. Nice to see you have some compassion for those less fortunate. Most people on food stamps have a job and are trying. Yes, there is fraud but most truly need it.

  • Bill

    Compassion should be shown by the leader of our country but he chooses instead to show total disrespect for the needs of others by his exorbitant misuse of public funds for his many more than needed vacations.

    • Mondobeyondo

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      • markthetruth

        One thing though because of the nature of the Golf game regardless of what you think.

        Relationship building on the golf course may be as important as ever for business networking, as first hand I’ve gotten to know more CEO’s for companies i worked for and others, then i would ever have gotten a chance to. And it help me to network in a more relax Social experience as the game brings everyone to ground level as a human .

        the end…

        • dienow

          Obama is not golfing with Putin. He’s golfing with queers who fawn over him.

          • CharlesH

            Queers?!? Tsk Tsk

            LOL

          • Patrick Adrien Varencaus

            lol nicely said :D

          • Gay Veteran

            bilge

          • Hammerstrike

            youtube.c o m / watch?v=Qn5nEV8q-4U

    • none

      GOOD NEWS BILL:
      Since we did so well with giving 1.5 Billion to Cramia? We did add another 15 Billion to them.
      Putnam should see goodness coming from our hearts, and reward the U.S.

    • Andrea

      He has no compassion, none of them have compassion and one day soon the people will have to remove their power and take their money away and make them live as poor as nobody has ever lived and they will find out how “nice” is to live with it, bunch of bastards!

    • Rogoraeck

      Don’t forget the $5billions to Ukraine for “democracy”!

  • jason

    Idk if I believe this article. It’s not that hard to get food stamps. I see people everyday using their EBT cards at the gas station for energy drinks. Food stamps are the new breadlines. Think about it.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Food stamps are the new breadlines?
      Well, you’re wrong, and you’re correct.

      Lots of people out there are starving.
      They don’t need or want energy drinks.
      For them, Red Bull works as well as a cup of coffee at 5am. If that’s the “food” you need to start your day – have at it!

    • CW

      It”s not hard to get food stamps, if you don’t bother to offend the government by taking care of yourself as well as you can. If you have a job, and hours are sometimes sketchy, pay you own bills and all, it can be near impossible to get food stamps. There are tons of people that slip through the gaps in the law, when in fact those are the people that assistance should be intended for in the first place. People that just need a hand to get back on their feet, but that sincerely wish to work and take care of their families on their own.

      • piccadillybabe

        That’s true. Many grocery chains have seen a loss of revenue due to the cut backs in SNAP. It’s been reported by Walmart that it has impacted their sales.

  • Northernconservative

    Clean up your yard with a shovel and rake so you can garden people. Don’t bother using the I don’t have time excuses…there are no excuses not to be as self sufficient as possible.

    • Phil from Germany

      I have a 150 sq yard vegetable patch. I didnt know it was getting that bad over in the US. Food banks here are vital for an ever increasing number of people. The other question is what are you eating ?, cancer promoting processed food ?.

      • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

        That’s what our government WANTS us to eat. But the smarter of us do what you do- grow our own.
        The western world is sinking, but your media and mine are never going to tell us that.

        • Phil from Germany

          Exactly, the German BS media is saying we will have a 2% rise in GDP this year. I also believe in faries. Grow your own , or not at your own peril

    • laura m.

      Agree, I do sprouts in jars also, and it takes little space to grow salad greens. Also we shop at Sam’s and save, hit the farmers mkts/produce stands early in the day for fresh produce. I don’t care much for canned veg. but watch sales on canned meats/chili, soups..

      • Priszilla

        Well, I take canned veggies, but no canned soups. I tried them, but found my own soup much better tasting.

        A can of chopped tomato is 31p for 400g.

        And with that the opportunities are bigger – be it indian curry or italian spaghetti bolognese, or hungarian goulash, or russian borschtsch.

        And it’s not just for when the SHTF, but also for that long day at work when the blizzard strikes and the neighbor’s kids come over and can’t go home.

        Add to the cans the dried herbs like marjoram, oregano, etc, and you can make a pizza or spaghetti at the drop of a hat, and be the king of the castle.

    • cannuck21

      Very good post!

  • seth datta

    G-d knows that most of us can only truly want to seek him(it) out only after experiencing suffering. This is the reason for the existence of human suffering. Satan cheats to try and lure us away, using all sorts of manipulations most people couldn’t comprehend. It is much easier to live in sin than to walk a path of righteousness, especially when in the modern era everything is inverted and we call bad things good and good things bad. Righteousness does not always equate with what we consider to be moral.

    We are all trapped by the past and what took place then; human free-will is very limited at best. Technological and social manipulations have rendered this to zero is many people. We all know dark times are coming, for ultimately, we must all bear the consequences of our actions as a group. Making sure you have the right group and staying clear of whatever you consider ‘Babylon’ to be, is a good start. It is G-d’s last call that we must leave Babylon and whilst we have a few more decades left yet for this to play out to completion, that time of Judgement – not the end of the world – but a time of death and great suffering; that time, we must all surely know by now, is upon us. May G-d be with you and never make friends with Satan or his brainwashed minions.

  • davidmpark

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The laws shutting out agriculture must go! Most communities have animal and crop laws that account for over 50% of their registers. Most of these are in place to guard a certain industry that may or may not exist anymore.

    And I’ve also said this numerous times: the one thing that would put food on the table for many of those impoverished is meat rabbits: 1 male/3 females breeding stock. Very cheap to feed. Their diseases and vetting requirements are easiest to treat. Very prolific; produces equal amounts of meat per year as 1 beef cow. Manure is great for gardens; or place in an anaerobic digester and fertilize with the liquid runoff – heat the home with the methane gas. Products and by-products are numerous. Can be kept in hutches; even works built into a tow trailer for those living out of cars and trucks.

    The reason there is little food is because a lot of what we can do has been outlawed! There are far too many laws governing our lives that the idea of law has become a joke. The average person commits numerous crimes each day. Overturn about 80% on all levels that do not work directly to punish assault, murder, and theft perpetrated against citizens. The wealth that can be generated would be here in less than a year.

    • Bill

      When a child has a lemonade stand closed by authorities it really shows the intentions of our monster government.

      • davidmpark

        Absolutely!

    • laura m.

      Agree, also some cities allow hens that are restrained to back yard to produce eggs. Rabbits for meat is quiet and discrete. Find people who proc. goat meat, check or call farmers coop’s in your area or meat mkts.

  • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

    are you not the number one Country? they just need to print more fiat money if they need more food.
    oh wait, this is what they do! and apparently it s not enough.

    when you think, we are still in recession since 2008 and people talk about a crisis coming soon to hit the world.

    what would happen in this case when people struggle every day since 08.
    s&p 500 have never been so high and still people don’t see any improvement after 6 years. something will happen soon. something baaaaaad!!!

  • Mondobeyondo

    There was a video clip (It’s probably gone viral by now) af a little girl who gave Michelle Obama a copy of her dad”s resume, hoping he can get a job somehow.

    Even with that much “pull” and attention, the poor gentleman will likely not find employment anytime soon.

    • Guest

      I agree. They don’t care about the common man and what he’s going through.

    • Adrian

      I saw that. I hope that she gives it to influential people who can get him a job. Such a sweet little girl, it was really sad, but so moving that she was such a wonderful daughter.

      • Priszilla

        So, where are all the entrepreneurs in America? Why should the government be responsible for everything and not the private sector?

        • Adrian

          Really? Well, we see what we got with the private sector: 40 years of stagnant wages and outsourcing. That goes a long way in answering your strange question. Did you even read the above article?

          • Priszilla

            I know rthat.

            Bot those who do not want to have socialism are the first ones to cry for the government to create jobs and for the president to bail them out when they are going bankrupt.

            And those who cry for the government to fix things, are the first to cry about taxes.

            If you don’t want a big state sector, then you need to do things by yourself.

            Or just

            Let it be.
            Let it bee, let it be, let it beeee, …

          • Adrian

            All governments take actions to offset economic downturns. That isn’t socialism. The alternative is to live in a place like Somalia, where there is no government and life is nasty, brutish, and short. I’ll go with civilization.

          • juice

            So strange, it was almost queer. Hahaha, you get it, don’t you Priszilla. Lol!

  • alan

    With the drought in California food prices could nearly double, it will get much worse this summer. So for now we have the U-Crane distraction, when it gets real bad we will have to put troops on the Canadian boarder to keep an eye on them. When they bring out Bigfoot and aliens, head for the bunkers!

  • muldoon55 .

    The book of Revelation prophesied that a days wage would be needed to buy daily bread needs , while the luxury items such as olive oil and wine (the foods of the wealthy would) not be harmed.
    It,s evident that human government has no concern whatsoever for the common man and that only God’,s kingdom can and will remove the obstacles for peace and security.
    All will flourish economically under the righteous rule of Jesus, and the demon possessed governments that have plagued the earth since the beginning, will be violently ripped from the face of the earth . Stop looking to and supporting the vile governing class in whom no salvation belongs! Psalms 146:3

    • Guest

      “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

      Revelation 2:26-27

    • Gay Veteran

      bilge.

      • muldoon55 .

        remember sodom and gommorah

        • Gay Veteran

          remember the ark? find it yet?

          • muldoon55 .

            well I guess you have to have faith friend, but when you look into all the math and physics involved in our world and universe, kinda hard not to believe in an intelligent designer. Otherwise all you got are these nuts driving the bus
            that you and me are riding in. If thats the case,might as well eat and drink for tomorrow we are to die.I wish you only the best veteran.

          • Gay Veteran

            religion exists for 2 reasons:
            (1) man fears death,
            (2) as a means of social control (obey the king or you’ll go to hel l)

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    I just read that our National Debt will approach 30 Trillions by the end of the decade. Somewhere between now and then, we shall lose our Reserve Currency Status, the government will engage in a final QE spasm as Hyperinflation takes hold, the banks will close, the people will riot in the streets and Martial Law will be declared. This is how things usually work at the National Level when you lose control of your Debt. Other than that, things will be just fine! Now, I might suggest that legalizing the 30MM illegals who are here, who will promptly bring in another 30MM may not be such a good idea. I see the Ruling Elites are quite taken with this idea but I do not understand their enthusiasm. I mean if you think 50MM suffering food insecurity is not a good than I do not see how 75MM-100MM is better.

    • Adrian

      You’re probably right. But even at that point, I bet the corporate media will still try to spin the bad news as positive, that things are improving, and that a new golden age is right around the corner.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        They can spin all they want. The truth is found on the grocery store aisle and can not be denied.

        • Mondobeyondo

          Yes indeed. You can not deny reality..

          • Adrian

            I don’t know, it happens all the time. Look how the Bush admin denied there was an insurgency in Iraq, then a civil war, or that things weren’t going just peachy. Look at how the media and the Bush administration denied there was a recession, only to admit it a year into it. Look at how the Obama admin. spins the economy as having recovered. People still deny evolution and global warming, despite scientific consensus and overwhelming evidence. In the end reality must be accepted, but human beings have an uncanny ability to bury their heads in the sand.

          • Ron Frank

            Sorry, but absolutely no evidence on the Macro evolution part of your statement. I suggest you read R.L. Wysong’s book “The Creation/Evolution Controversy” and then tell us you still believe in evolution.

          • Adrian

            LOL, I’m not going to involve myself in a serious discussion with the flat- earthers. You’re free to believe what you want, no matter how ridiculous.

          • Tim

            Michael has written some great articles about global “warming” and evolution on his other sites. You may find them enlightening.

          • ronfrank

            That’s right. Hang on to your biases and just name call (flat earther) rather than accept the challenge and read the book. In this way you don’t have to look ignorant on the subject which you most certainly are.

          • Gay Veteran

            and Jesus rode a dinosaur too

          • Gay Veteran

            bacteria are evolving every day of the week

    • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

      They want to destroy the borders between Canada, US & Mexico, and have it be one socialist country. That’s why they won’t shut the border.
      Low IQ Mexicans can’t fight back, and they don’t excel in American schools. Having different races guarantees people fighting each other instead of fighting the Government.
      Your economic analysis is correct though.

      • Adrian

        Buddy, if you think we have anything even REMOTELY socialist in this country….you either don’t understand socialism or haven’t been paying attention. Most likely both.

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        Your analysis is also correct and scares the hell out of me.

  • Bruce

    Our company wide raise this year (5,000 employees) was only 2.5%. If theCPI was calculated correctly as to include food and fuel price increases then I am MUCH worse off this year compared to last year.

    • Adrian

      Shoot, be happy you got a raise at all. I taught in the public schools for 5 years and we got a raise the first year. Every year after that, since the depression hit, we got wage freezes and furloughed, and were earning LESS money every year while gaining experience.

    • Charlotte

      My husband writes medical software. Thanks to the $50 Million his company lost to the Obamacare medical device tax and the productivity lost from having to continuously scrap and rewrite programs each time Obama delayed parts of his law, the raise and bonus his department was supposed to get turned into no pay raise and an umbrella for a bonus. At least he wasn’t laid off like a lot of his coworkers, though. But because of Obamacare and the havoc it has wrecked on the medical industry, we’ve effectively taken a pay cut for the past several years. Pay, which was already below industry standards, has been stagnant for years while our medical costs keep rising.

  • Mal Reynolds

    I belive that Hunger is a problem. That said: How are these statistics arrived at. What is the methodology for the surveys … are the surveys done by the corrupt census bureau … advocacy groups? I heard that one survey asks if anyone in the household was hungry that month … if so they are counted as a “Hungry” household. Some of the sources NBC (very liberal) and advocacy groups have a vested interest in overstating the problem … more Federal Gummint $ and programs.
    In the past it was charitable organizations not the Gummint that fed the poor and homeless.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      *sigh*
      Govt never solved hunger.
      Govt never solved income equality.
      Govt never ended poverty.
      Govt breeds these things. Maybe someday even the people here will figure it out.
      Browncoats!

  • Adrian

    What do you expect, when income inequality continues to rise? The elites have figured out they don’t need to pay a living wage anymore, as they have an entire planet to sell their goods to. When given the choice between profits and reducing their own country to 3rd world status, well, that’s easy….profits win every time.

  • jakartaman

    Our elected Representatives over the last 50 years have betrayed their constituents. The current politicians are no more than criminals.( think harry Reid) It is really insidious because it has happened so slowly that the populace thinks this is now the new normal and have become passive lining up for the slaughter.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    Thirty years ago I can remember filling a grocery cart for under a $100 bucks. Saturday I had the bottom lined $120, What amazes me is I’m getting mocked for raising some dual purpose chickens, and plan on growing out one rooster for future. Thank goodness I can still do it where I live.

    • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

      Don’t let your local government take away your right to GROW YOUR OWN FOOD.
      They will eventually try that. You must band together with your neighbors and fight.

  • Ben

    We need to conserve and restore millions of acres of farmland and open space. Heck, let’s give free land to anyone who would grow local food for our communities, schools, etc. Why are we attempting complex solutions for these problems?

    • DerpDerp

      Because big Agribusiness doesn’t want more farmers. They want to control the food supply, and keep prices higher and higher.

      • Ben

        True. But what options do we have left?

    • Priszilla

      Try guerilla farming.

      Put seeds into small balls of clay and use catapults to shoot these balls onto any unused land in the city. I’m sure there are man plots filled with weeds.

      The seeds will grow and provide food for anyone who passes by, be it human, bird or bee. We still need bees and beetles and butterflies to pollinate flowers to grow apples and nuts and cereals, can’t do it with iPhones yet, or gold, or bullets.

      Yes, there will be those who will rip out the unwanted tomato plants and brambles, but I guess many won’t care. Tomato grows like weed and brambles have great fruits.

      Whenever you eat some fruits or veggies, collect the seeds and put them out onto public or unused land.

      Even if just one cherry tree grows out of it, it will be worth it.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Lead by example. It starts from the top down.
    How well a leader is President Obama?
    You want my opinion?

    He’s doing the best he can, given the circumstances.
    But he hasn’t been tested – yet.

    Pray that we never, ever go through a trial by fire again.
    I mean – umm… a speech he would make on December 8, 1941, or September 12, 2001.

    • Carl Stevens

      September 12, 2001 Bush is reading a children’s book to kids.

      He is told:

      “Mr President a second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.”

      Bush simply carries on reading a children’s book….

  • Colorado Bob

    I realize that many people can not afford to move, but there is more than enough work in North Dakota that pays handsomely.

    • djc

      What happens when you move and 6 months to a year or so later you’re laid off again? If you are young with no obligations, yes, move. Otherwise be very careful about severing ties and moving to somewhere you know nothing about.

      I know my position is in the minority and most people don’t agree with it and thats OK–I’m not always right about these things.

    • Gay Veteran

      more than enough work? for 1,000,000 people? 100,000 people?

  • Jesse

    “I have such admiration for working single mothers. Many of them work
    more than one job just so that they can provide for their children.”

    Why? What about 2 parent households that are working more than one job to provide for their families? A lot of single mothers are in the position they are in because of poor choices so why should they be admired for doing what they should be doing –working to make sure their kids have a roof over their heads and food on the table. Just wondering.

    • Jesse

      Edited to add: most single mothers who spend all their time working have kids that are more likely to get involved with the wrong crowd and do drugs, etc. As they are not supervised by the parent because said parent is just to darn tired to parent after working 2 – 3 jobs so from a societal standpoint this also creates issues later on….

    • Charlotte

      As a mother myself, I do feel terrible for poor single mothers struggling to provide for their kids, but as a former teacher I saw how rare it is for them to be in that situation through no fault of their own. Most births to women under 30 are now out of wedlock. It’s the norm for a child to have multiple siblings, all with a different father. If we want to fight poverty, we need to start acknowledging the hardships that come from poor choices. If you’re doing the deed with strangers you picked up at a bar or men you’re in a relationship with but don’t intend to marry, be prepared to become a single mother.

    • Rebecca

      Lots of us have made poor decisions, but that does not mean that we are undeserving of compassion. Perhaps a lot of these women are trying to change their lives the best that they can. We should not expect others to suffer because of making bad choices, we should understand and offer a helping hand.

      • Tim

        Well said, Rebecca.

      • Big Meanie

        Admiration is not the same as compassion. Suffering as a result of poor choices is called natural consequences.

        But let’s go with your idea of compassion, shall we? So if a kid gets a bad grade because he didn’t study and instead made the choice to watch TV, we should just give him a good grade anyway because he shouldn’t have to suffer due to his own poor choices.

        Decisions have consequences. Sometimes those consequences suck. C’est la vie. If you clicked on the single mother link, you’d see she’s in no imminent danger of starvation, so being forced to go without a meal here and there might be more compassionate than feeding her, since her obesity is bigger threat to her long term well-being than the possibility of actually starving anytime soon.

    • Priszilla

      Yes, I am glad that someone says it: young fathers have no business being in the army, police or fire brigade..

  • John

    We are giving 50 million people food stamps, so where is the food insecurity? As long as they spend their food stamps on food….America has the most obese poor people in the world, so they must be eating…a whole lot more than they need to judging by a trip to my local Walmart

  • retired22

    The unemployment numbers did not remain constant since 2009 as was stated in this article.What happened was the government in Washington added millions of worthless public sector jobs to try & compensate for a similar number of productive jobs that were lost.The employment numbers may seem similar but they don’t allow for the fact that we now have millions of more government employees who might as well be collecting Welfare for all of the good they do!

    • Carl Stevens

      nonsense.

  • KC

    Is there food insecurity in America? YES! Can this article show anyone who DOESN’T have 3 or more kids and is affected? If you can’t feed yourself why are you having kids???

    • Rebecca

      Perhaps at one point these people had good jobs and then lost it all do to the crappy economy. The kids have already been born.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        NO REFUNDS was printed across my son’s butt when I got him. lol :)

  • http://home.fuse.net/MLause/ Mark Lause

    Anybody here take a grade school math class. The cost of Obama’s vacations are not the problem.

    • Adrian

      Well-said. They also forget how many Bush took, esp. on the even of 9/11 when he should have been reading FBI and NSA memos about impending attacks inside the US.

      • Carl Stevens

        “Mr President a second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.”

        Bush simply carries on reading a children’s book….

  • DJohn1

    What people put in their mouths determines their future health.
    There is nothing new about starving. It has gone on for a very long time. When I was born, in WWII, in England, we were under severe rationing. England in the best of times imported food. With the war, they had to make do. Even after the war, many people owned Chicken Coops in their back yards. Mt grandfather had an extensive garden of vegetables all around his back yard fences.
    England at one point in time was rich compared with the rest of the world. No more.
    America is full of land that can and will produce enough food for everyone that lives here. Getting back to planting our own gardens is one way to help do it. We can buy seeds and we can successfully plant vegetables that turn into food crops.
    Disney proved a long time ago that hydroponic farming is a good possibility. In areas where we have drought, put funnels in the ground next to your plants. Drill 1/8 inch holes in the bottom of the funnels. You can feed water to the plants using a lot less water than normal.
    We have met the enemy and he is us. What has to happen is we have to dismantle governments that keep us from producing our own food.

  • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

    We KNOW why they want all those people on welfare- to control them, and eventually drive them into the cities to pack them in like sardines. Either move to the tiny apartment, or you don’t eat.
    Can you say Agenda 21?

  • DJohn1

    One of the hardest jobs I have ever had was that of a part time Real Estate Salesman with C-21. You have to go to school, you have to learn enough to pass an exam by the state, and then you have to begin learning how to become a sales person.

    I doubt that I ever made much money at it. (Interest was at 18-20% and the market was depressed.)

    What I did with my failure at this job was to learn.
    My Broker(unofficial boss as we were independent agents) was a good teacher. He earned any split I gave him on my wages.
    His first rule: Things in motion stay in motion, things at rest stay at rest. That is the first rule of getting a job. Or doing anything to make a living. So regardless of how hopeless things get, keep in motion, do not rest.
    His second rule: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. If you fail 100 times, that means the 101st time might bring you success. The point being that everything you do to find a job has a reaction somewhere, and you simply have to keep plugging away until you find it.
    I am not rich. Probably never will be unless it happens by accident.
    But I always pick myself up after a failure and re-access myself and learn from that failure. Never ever run away from your problems. Fight for what you want.
    My sales career was a failure. But it gave me the tools of negotiation that I later used to be a successful person in another career. I did learn enough about sales to do that.
    Later in life it opened up an opportunity that paid me close to 5,000 dollars more a year. That in turn increased my pensions.
    I have failed a lot in my lifetime. But I have kept the above rules and each failure taught me something new.
    The other thing is “pray”. If you keep yourself in God’s hands, the rest will eventually be given to you.

  • Greg Burton

    Well, it was either…

    *Prosecute the bankers for the toxic mortgage/LIBOR scams that impoverished the world, making homeless, hungry, beggars out of all of us.
    *Stop the Fed from fanning hyper-inflation (QE1, QE2, QE3, QE∞) that will result in food riots, mass starvation.
    *Stop the looting, privatization of the world’s social safety net, public space, the commons, imposed “austerity” due to the toxic mortgage/LIBOR/Social Security rip-off scams.
    *Punish the banking cartel’s multi-billion dollar drug-money laundering operations.
    *Investigate why jobs and manufacturing are being out-sourced to China, how China came to own most US debt that financed the US war against…China, why China (the oligarchy) is buying up US assets at fire sale prices, even as the US is threatening war against China as it threatens the US (national security).
    *Investigate why the US government won’t move heaven and earth to stop the radiation spewing from Fukushima, poisoning the US, the northern hemisphere, investigate the connections between the Fukushima, Stuxnet, HAARP and nuke created earthquakes.
    *Investigate who was really behind 9/11, the false-flag terrorist attack that touched off the serial, never-ending wars of pillage against the nation-states of the world, while simultaneously creating the pretext for the massive police state edifice now threatening the freedoms of everyone.

    OR…

    The US government…

    *Ends food stamps to the poor even though there are no jobs, no social safety net, which will result in the starvation of thousands of Americans.
    *Stands by while the unprosecuted banking and economic crisis destroys the ability of cities and towns to protect their own citizens, fund their police departments.
    *Mexican drug cartels have invaded the US, but the US has allowed the cartels to traffic drugs into the US, while supplying arms via “Fast & Furious”
    *Confiscates the guns.
    *DHS buys billions of anti-personnel bullets, while giving away “tanks” to US cities and towns.
    *Flies soon to be weaponized drones over everywhere.
    *Allows Israel, a foreign country to run US NSA spying out of Mormon (Freemason/occult) Utah.
    *Pre-positions military hardware in preparation for the coming US melt-down and chaos (COG).
    *Makes being homeless, jobless, veteran, elderly and hungry a crime (useless eaters).
    *Buys thousands of “FEMA coffins” in anticipation of US mass starvation, Fukushima FEMA camp relocations.

  • Rebecca

    A lot of the people have posted comments on this website that are a bit judgmental. Please try to remember that everyone makes mistakes and some people are just luckier than others. We don’t always know why someone has become poor. It may be their fault, it may not be. How many times have you done something that was probably stupid? How many times have you made an error in judgment and it cost you something?
    Let’s not kick them while they are down, let’s make a difference. If you have a job, please donate to help the poor this year. Even if all you have is 1 dollar. There are over 80 million working Americans (I think) so if all of them gave 1 dollar that would be 80 millions dollars to help feed others. Even small differences add up. Some people may take advantage of the free food, others may not. So what? You did what you thought was right, and maybe someday it just might save 1 person.
    My husband and I have decided to give up a few luxuries so that we can help the poor because we have been very, very blessed. We are also growing a larger garden this year and all the excess produce is going to be donated. We are purposely growing more food than what we need so that we can give to the poor.

    • Adrian

      Well-said. We need to understand we’re all in the same boat, and our neoliberal economic system can and does turn on anybody in an instant. Today’s wealthy can be tomorrow’s homeless.

    • willkes

      It’s not about being judgmental. The middle class should never have been put in the position of having to support so many poor people. It’s not sustainable and people that work hard in sometimes more than one job get a little agitated when they have to pay for OTHER peoples continuously bad decisions. It’s not fair, and it’s beyond wrong. It has to stop. Does anybody understand what it means if we lose the middle class ? They just can’t support this many poor people.

      • Priszilla

        Well, if you are afraid to tax the rich, somebody will have to foot the bill of all the wars.

        China may have four times as many people as the US, but the US has far more military expenses than China and Russia together.

        • willkes

          That’s true, so why don’t the rich have to pay ? I’ll answer that for you… Because they give all these inept politicians so much money to waste for their own pet projects, and by pet projects I mean projects that make the rich even richer, and frankly to line the politicians pockets, they couldn’t care less about anyone else. These problems are so deep, I don’t know how it can be changed, but maybe we could start with trying to find better candidates in every spectrum of politics.

          • Priszilla

            Well, you elect those politicians, don’t you?

            And 70% don’t even care. They are happy with anyone.

          • willkes

            Yes, thus… We go to hell in a hand basket. Simple, really.

      • Gay Veteran

        we have so many poor people because corporations shipped MILLIONS of American jobs overseas

        • willkes

          Why did they do that ? Did you know that we have the highest corporate taxes in the world ? Look, I’m not saying it wouldn’t be awesome of we had those jobs here, but business is all about money, it’s what they do. They don’t care about people, they care about the bottom line. We need to make our country competitive. We don’t make things here anymore, even though we invented all of these technologies, they send it overseas to be made, because it’s cheaper. We don’t insist on fair trade, we don’t put enough tax on things coming from overseas, even though they tax our goods to death, we have no incentive for these companies to stay here. I mean, I get that everyone wants to blame these companies for not doing things in this country anymore…. But of course there are reasons for it, but nobody wants to talk about that… They just want to go on an on about how evil they all are, which solves nothing. THAT is why we have poor people. The government should have to do a better job of protecting our interests, frankly, I think OUR interests should be the only thing our government protects. No more free money for the rest of the world. If we them them money then they by God had better do what we want or no more money. That’s the way this is supposed to work.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Did you know that we have the highest corporate taxes in the world ?….”

            and how many of the big corporations pay those high tax rates?!?!?!?

            “…they send it overseas to be made, because it’s cheaper…..”

            because of (1) slave labor and (2) no environmental laws

            “…The government should have to do a better job of protecting our interests….”

            the only “interests” our fascist government protects is that of the top 1% and the corporations

          • willkes

            Hey, I’m just the messenger !! Yes, I know they don’t pay or at least not enough. Again, I get back to the government. THEY are the reason some of us have to pay and some of us don’t.

            Do you actually think the government cares how much it costs or doesn’t cost these companies to go overseas ? Do they care that these companies use slave labor in said countries ? Umm, I think no is the answer.

            They certainly don’t care about the environment in any of these countries. Psst, I’ll let you in on a little secret… They don’t care about ours either, except for as a way of gaining power, or control over us and everything we do.

            I can’t argue with you on the government only protecting the rich. Rich people make them rich.

            The government has become too big in this country, it really is that simple. We can’t take care of the world, we can’t afford it. And we certainly don’t need any more rules and regulations such as Obamacare either. They are out of control. Nobody does anything though… I don’t think we know what to do.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…They certainly don’t care about the environment in any of these countries. Psst, I’ll let you in on a little secret… They don’t care about ours either, except for as a way of gaining power, or control over us and everything we do…..”

            our environment is certainly better than it was before the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act

          • willkes

            That’s true, and good. I’m saying, no gain for them, and they ain’t doing it. They have people believing just breathing is polluting, c’mon man !! How much money do you think they can make off that one ?

    • karen farley

      God Bless you.. You are a good neighbor..Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I PROMISE YOU, IF YOU LIVE LONG ENOUGH YOU WILL NEED MERCY BEFORE YOU DIE.. why not sow some mercy now and reap some later..

  • Arizona

    YOU send your POLICE GANGS out to arrest and MURDER the poor and homeless,IF you didn’t worship SATAN and his rotten little minions,YOU WOULD HAVE REALIZED, THIS WAS A SERIOUS MISTAKE,NOW you’ll pay dear for this,REMEMBER when your being rounded up by the RUSSIANS and CHINESE,their only going to do to you WHAT YOU DID TO THE POOR AND HOMELESS,and YES,they are going to kill you……………….

    • willkes

      What ? Seriously !!

  • jakartaman

    In the old days – the principle of survival of the fitess was in play – keep the people strong and on their toes. Not today –
    The weak, the stupid and the lazy are cared for – Not being judgmental just stating an obvious fact as to why we have the conditions we do.

    • Carl Stevens

      actually the reason why humans became dominant is because of co-operation.

      Survival of the fittest is a flawed term, the actual correct term would be survival of the most adaptive.

  • Priszilla

    Well, I’ve just been shopping.

    The family in front of me just bought lots of ready meals. Not only this creates a lot of waste, but this is expensive and less nutritious.

    I like my fresh produce. Potatoes from local farmers, carrots, onions, some meat, green veggies. You can combine everything as necessary and with time and experience you’ll know how many potatoers are useful to cook for one meal. And in a cool dark place potatoes last for a long time without the need for canning or freezing (don’t freeze raw potatoes!).

    At the other hand you can cook double or triple the amount when something comes cheap, and freeze part of the meal for later, and save cooking time and costs.
    Just fill into meal-sized containers before freezing and take to work when needed, to heat up there in the microwave.

    And frozen cooked food doesn’t spoil as fast as frozen raw food when there is a power cut.
    If necessary you can eat the meal even cold, after defrosting.

    Prepping – preparing for what might come.
    It’s not just hoarding stuff.

  • stevesmitty79

    Let’s not forget the fact that a lot of what’s wrong has to do with personal decision making. People had it good when the economy was booming, but failed to be responsible and ran up debt. Hard times came, someone lost a job and now keeping up with the Jones is a lost cause. It was fun while it lasted.
    People jump in and out of relationships, have kids and now it’s harder on the entire family because people didn’t count the cost. I sympathize with a minority of situations. The majority can sleep in the bed they made. As long as they all drive cars, buy gas, text messages, smoke cigarettes, drink beer, watch cable, eat pizzas and don’t want to work, et al. they will NOT get mercy from me. And before you start casting stones, my wife brought twelve dozen of our farm fresh eggs this morning to the old age folks in town and they loved them. We do our part in our community for those that DESERVE it. As for the rest, they can fend for themselves. I have eyes. I can see.

    • Priszilla

      Yes, I had the good fortune to needing welfare when I left university.

      So, when I got that first job, I still lived like I was on welfare, saving all money I could.

      However, I made two big mistakes – investing in that company of which I lost everything, and that MBA, which was expensive but, well, a bit useless.

      Had I saved all that money, I could safely retire. But now I still need to work hard and hope that I make it safely to retirement.

      At least I fulfilled my dream – buying that house for my parents from my savings.

  • xander cross

    Have you ever been in a position where you had to skip meals just so that other family members could have something to eat? Yes, I have endured that before and no, it’s not fun. Being hungry for a long time lead to drastic decisions that are not good for everyone. I shudder to think when this happens on a mass schedule.

  • CharlesH

    I still don’t believe we ever got out of the “Great Recession” – I believe it’s something larger and deeper that’s happened to the economy. Wall Street may be flying high but that IS NOT indicative of the health of the American economy. I really (hope I’m totally wrong) think we may be in the death throes before some type of catastrophic event. I’ve always been a positive minded person (half full) but for the past year I’ve had this horrible nagging feeling about what is happening here.

    • Priszilla

      Bert Brecht:

      The great Carthage led three wars.
      It was still powerful after the first.
      There were still people living there after the second.
      You couldn’t find it after the third.

      • CharlesH

        Wow…now that makes one stop and really think. Thanks a lot.

    • Esta

      I feel the same way. Food, fuel, health insurance, and taxes all went up this year. There is so little left for anything else, there is bound to be another wave of business closures this year.

  • Mary Brown

    Yet we are sending billions of dollars to countries that hate us. Money that will end up being misused to buy weapons that will be used against non-muslims. People here need the help so cut the flow out of country, that money could turn the US into a richer nation via job creation, micro loans to start businesses, food stamp increases instead of cuts(I didn’t see corporate america welfare getting a cut either).

  • Bruce Wayne

    just paint your skin brown and claim you just came from south of the border and you have children..You’ll get stamps, free healthcare, a drivers license and in state tuition in over 1/2 of the states. If all of Obama’s reletives can do it so can you

    • Bruce Waye

      many even get as much as 12,000 tax return for children that they don’t even have to prove are real

      • Bruce

        If you got white skin you won’t get anything though..You got to be brown skinned

        • banana breath

          That in particular isn’t about skin color. It’s their status as an illegal. Many Mexicans are pretty fair skinned. They are more of the Spaniard sort.

  • nohomehere

    # 1. words; poor choice! #2.personal decision making #3 weak , stupid and lazy#4 slakers at school #5 moved too much #7didnt save in the good times and on and on and on! Epidemic of hunger and Food insecurity . well ! Is this a contagion like a disease, that is viral and can be passed from one person to another ? what does the cdc do in a epidemic . (QUARANTINE) how do you get 50 million individuales into a isolated group! hum! you can spread fear and prejudice and everyone would watch out for symptoms of their neighbors! a neighborhood watch group. quickly round them up. anyone looking even vagrantly poor call the city BAD CHOICE DEPT. make sure to mention if there are kids so as to send the other truck for abused dependants thus seperating them for their own protection ! and later they can all be reunited at the family centers . The number you called from will be checked for owners status , as to protect from contagion. FOOD INSECURITY , “America the land of plenty” well, the trucks didnt show up at a number of local food distribution centers this week and no supermarkets have been restocked . lazy under educated overweight americans refused to get jobs alloted by state welfare and unemployment qualification depts at agricultural corporate farms and obama;s deportation of migrant workers has helped put a strain on the food security of our great nation . NATO and its international relief team has been called in. There’s talk of giving all immigrants who want to work in agriculture, automatic US citizenship to alleviat the current crisis. Stores across the country have had their shelves reduced to meager pickin’s . fights and some reports of shootings have homeland on alert for any looting . the president has called a meeting with chiefs of staff. Remarking that in the event of a continued shortage there will be food enough for everone at the FEMA family centers ! So you keep going thru the rutine but what is it you think you’ll find ? Some reward for best worker ect…………. bankers are jumping… they have good jobs and education so what , whose to judge .don’t get me started!

  • Ken5745

    The billions or even trillions that the US spend to foment endless wars should be used to feed the poor folks in the United States until they are able to find jobs. Hey Obama, Its the economy, stupid.

  • Chesyre

    Rice and beans 50 lbs of each for around 100 bucks. If real working class people can live on it round the globe . The EBT cockroaches can too.

  • TimeHasCome

    We are entering a Oliver Twist type economy . Real people are going to suffer . We will experience massive famine when our dollar falls from reserve currency status.

  • nohomehere

    Strange ! just saw this , ominus, prophetic ,or coincidence?Policy makers seem determined to restrict an industry that employs over 9 million Americans, 4 million of them as drivers. In his interview Andy issued a wake-up call to them. As he put it, “Trucking is a direct influencer of the American economy. An unhealthy trucking industry directly raises the cost of moving goods and therefore the cost of goods for the American consumer. In a country where 1 in 7 households are already considered food insecure that is simply not acceptable”

  • Jeffery

    And all f these people are fat

  • Arizona

    THE REASON,..SO many americans are unemployed,IS YOUR GREED,STOP letting foreign companies come to america and start their companies, when your own children are denied the right to start one,CHASE ALL FOREIGN COMPANIES OUT OF AMERICA,…THEN REMOVE EVERY POLITICIAN IN GOVERNMENT,including the surpreme court,SHUT DOWN THE COMMIES RUNNING AMERICA,..IF you don’t move on this ,YOU CAN KISS your country GOODBY,and its almost gone now,YOU and YOUR children will be slaves to these people,DO YOU CARE?if you do, NOW would be a good time to start,MAYBE YOU’D RATHER BE DEAD,…OH they’d love that,START buying FOOD,WATER and ALL THE “AMMO” you can get,YOUR GOING TO NEED IT……………………

  • Arizona

    THERE IS A “GIANT” asteroid,hovering over our planet RIGHT NOW,they know its going to come down,THEY expect it will land north west of puerto rico,WHEN it hits,they expect a death toll of 40,000,000 around the gulf,and carabien,THE earthquake is expected to be the highest ever recorded,AROUND A 12 mag. it will generate a TIDAL WAVE 800 ft.on the florida coast,DO YOU THINK THEY WILL TELL YOU? no they won’t,but the RUSSIANS and CHINESE troops will,as their kicking in your doors,AND YOU BETTER HAVE YOUR WEAPONS READY TOO…………now you know what the gun grabs about don’t you…..did you know you and your family were sold to the chinese for slaves……………………

  • Rogoraeck

    USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

    Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

  • Beth Raynor

    If the government (= the taxpayer) keeps handing out free food to people who claim to be “food insecure,” then more people will claim to be “food insecure” to get free food. I wonder how many of those who CLAIM to be “food insecure” are fat and have an iPhone and an xbox. Meanwhile, as others here have pointed out, rice and beans are still dirt-cheap…

    • Steve Beckle

      I hear ya. I have a friend whose two kids are on the free lunch program at high school. One of them weighs over 300 pounds.

  • Steve Beckle

    Hope and change.

  • ponomo

    …and America protects every other border in the world except its own. keep printing “money.”

  • ponomo

    puck ofama

  • lilbear68

    food insecurity, is that anything like being hungry or suffering from starvation?

  • Gay Veteran

    Obamacare is there to further enrich the insurance companies.
    want to solve the problem? apply anti-monopoly laws to ALL areas of medicine

  • Dewey Olsen

    The Struggle within America—Isaiah Saw It All!
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Many regard Isaiah’s prophecy as a sealed book. Who does it address, only people in the past? A key to this mystery exists in the linear and synchronous structures that govern the book of Isaiah. These enable us to read it as a prophecy about the past but also as a prediction of the future. The book of Isaiah, in other words, serves a twofold purpose. Without taking anything away from what happened in the past, it uses the past as an allegory of the future. In that case, persons and nations of Isaiah’s day typify ones who perform similar roles at the end of the world. The names of past persons and nations function as codenames for their endtime counterparts.

    The importance of understanding Isaiah’s message increases daily as world events line up like planets for the fulfillment of his prophecy. Under the codename “Egypt”—the great superpower of Isaiah’s day—America is predicted to suffer spiritual decline, political ineptitude, economic collapse, internal anarchy, and invasion by a foreign military world power from the North—a latter-day “Assyria.” On the other hand, a community of covenanters in “Egypt” will turn back to Jehovah,
    who will send them a savior and deliver them. In the end, at the commencement of the millennial age, America will again become “my people”—a covenant people of God (Isaiah 19).

    5. 20. 2010

  • Dewey Olsen

    The book of Isaiah—Blueprint of Our Time
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    What sets the book of Isaiah apart from all other prophetic writings is its all-inclusiveness in depicting an End-Time scenario. More complete in its portrayal of that time than even apocalyptic writings such as Daniel and Revelation, it spells out a great confluence of events to which humanity may look forward. Using Israel’s ancient history as an allegory of the end of the world, it predicts the future by drawing on events of the past. Only a prophet–poet with extraordinary literary skills could have predicted “the end” based on the world’s beginnings (Isaiah 46:10). Only a visionary who saw both time periods could have crafted such a prophetic masterpiece.

    While the book of Isaiah’s apocalyptic message accords with Jewish tradition, and while literary structures provide proof of its twofold applicability—Isaiah’s day and the end of the world—it still requires a leap of faith to believe that this is indeed a handbook for our time. For one thing, it may mean discarding much or all of what we have been taught. Isaiah foresees this confusion when he speaks of the deaf “hearing” and the blind “seeing” the words of his book. Only then will “they who erred in spirit gain understanding and they who murmured accept instruction” (Isaiah 29:18, 24). Fortunately, not all of God’s people fall in that category (Isaiah 66:2, 5).

    10. 12. 2011

  • Dewey Olsen

    End-Time “Egypt”—A Superpower in Decline
    by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.

    Isaiah’s use of types of ancient world powers that foreshadow End-Time ones extends to the great superpower Egypt. As with all nations and persons who appear in the book of Isaiah, their true identity emerges when we observe how Isaiah characterizes them, not when we apply historical or archaeological data, though at times that may help. In searching the world today for a nation that matches Isaiah’s description of “Egypt,” the sole candidate is America. That connection is further strengthened by the fact that God’s people anciently dwelt in Egypt, that Joseph ruled Egypt, and that the birthright tribe of Ephraim sprang from Joseph and Asenath, an Egyptian woman.

    Isaiah’s “Egypt,” however, is a superpower in decline: “The ministers of Zoan have been foolish, the officials of Noph deluded; the heads of state have led Egypt astray. Jehovah has permeated them with a spirit of confusion; they have misled Egypt in all that it does, causing it to stagger like a drunkard into his vomit. . . . Manufacturers of combed linen and weavers of fine fabrics will be dismayed. The textile workers will know despair, and all who work for wages suffer distress. . . . I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians; they will fight brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor, city against city and state against state” (Isaiah 19:2, 9–10, 13–14).

  • boudica

    I thank God that my children are grown. there are things that you can do to offset this economy, it all adds up. It’s just common sense things like keeping the lights off when not in use, do the laundry every other day , learn how to make cheap meals that are healthy, make some of your own products- I haven’t bought fabric softener in years( I made my own dryer balls), you really don’t need it, Google how to make your own. Use only 1/4 or 1/2 the amount of detergent that’s recommended they want you to use more than you really need so you will purchase it more often. Learn how to make some of the things you need, Make your own sauerkraut ( serve it with meals)it’s natural and cheap (probiotics) and will keep you and your family healthy, that means less Doctor visits. You don’t need all the crap that’s advertised on T.V- they want you to buy Sh#t , it keeps the elite rich. Stop consuming and it will hit the rich and elite where it hurts- their pocketbook. We all need to be tightwads.

    • Big Rob

      I 100% agree, especially with the stop buying sh**. Its disgusting to me that the people I know who complain about being broke have the most number of TVs, video game systems and huge DVD collections…..All at the end of the day: worthless!

  • MellyDanielsisf321

    my
    parents in law just got an awesome black Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 by working
    part-time at home… view it F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • Big Rob

    At this point its about securing yourself and your family. Buy some
    land with a house on it, fence it in and start raising goats and
    chickens. Secure your future with gold, silver and items that are
    actually worth something. Stop spending your money on crap. A new flat screen is worthless. If you are too poor to get any land, but a RV.

    The government has failed. When it the free ride is ended, watch for all hell to take place. The cities and suburbs will become warzones. People who have land and can protect it will survive, those who can escape with supplies and can wait it out in the wilderness will survive.

    Then only thing left to do is watch it burn.

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