Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Even Brookings Institution Can't Keep Silent.

It is inadmissible and such problem shouldn't exist in principle. I remember years and years ago organization Feed the Children ran a series of infomercials about a very real hunger in America. Some huge country music stars took part in delivering food to kids, especially in he South, who WERE malnutritioned and in dire need of care. They were hungry. I remember some country music star weeping in microphone asking how the "country of milk and honey turned into the country of greed and money". You can see some of their infomercials still on Youtube. 
Yes, yes, I am talking about American (as in the United States of America) kids from poor or dysfunctional, unemployed families. Majority of them white kids. My heart was already broken then from seeing what criminal "reforms" in Russia did to children turning them in homeless, hungry beggars, but to see kids hungry in the US then was simply inconceivable. Then, of course, 2008 happened and there were numerous reports all over media space about food banks running out of even basic food, especially in the flyover country. 

As it turned out today, things are not good at all. Brookings published today some studies on children's "food insecurity" in the United States by Laureen Bauer. Household and its children are considered "food insecure" if such statements are considered true (or somewhat true):

The statistics is staggering it is also the case when you are ready to climb walls in desperation while understanding that this is not the problem which could be solved by donations or volunteering.
The Survey of Mothers with Young Children found that 40.9 percent of mothers with children ages 12 and under reported household food insecurity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is higher than the rate reported by all respondents with children under twelve in the COVID Impact Survey (34.4 percent) but the same as women 18–59 living with a child 12 and under (39.2 percent.) In 2018, 15.1 percent of mothers with children ages 12 and under affirmatively answered this question in the FSS, slightly more than the 14.5 percent that were food insecure by the complete survey. The share of mothers with children 12 and under reporting that the food that they bought did not last has increased 170 percent.
It is mind-boggling. I actually, give Brookings Institution a credit here for having enough guts to publish this indictment, there is no other term for that, of the system which measures its "success" in fake data covering up a stunning economic dislocation and crisis, which, at least for now, could be blamed somewhat on COVID-19. For now. We don't know what is going to happen down the road. But this is terrifying statistics of what otherwise could be defined as a hidden hunger in the United States. 
Will measures proposed by Laureen Bauer to alleviate hunger be accepted? Who knows, but it is clear that it is population of the United States which is "too big to fail", not the Wall Street swindlers and elites who support and profit from them, who brought this upon the country, which increasingly begins to look more and more as the third world.   

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