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A Bright Economic Future for Our Children?

Updated on February 12, 2011

The "Real" Economy has Buried Problems

As you read this short article keep in mind this is not addressing some 3rd World Country… this is happening right here in the United States of America!

"The current recession is likely to generate for children in the United States the greatest level of material deprivation that we will see in our professional lifetimes," Stanford pediatrician Dr. Paul Wise wrote.

The analysis is in line with other recent research suggesting that more than 40 percent of U.S. children will live in poverty or near-poverty by age 17; and that half will live at some point in a single-parent family. Also, other researchers have estimated that slightly more than half of adults will use food stamps at some point by age 65.

I’m getting tired of the continual rhetoric about an “Economic Recovery”. The Whitehouse keeps spewing spin on how all is well and how their failed policy is going to sweep in and save the day. Just give it more time. Clearly they know what they are doing right? Wrong! People without jobs, without savings, and without a future can not just start spending their way out of a recession. You can't build a viable long term recovery on a debt model - it's not sustainable.

Then there is the cold hard truth! The real economy that supports the pretend economy the Government likes to play up.

The Associated Press released this story November 2, 2009

Half of US Kids will Get Food Stamps, Study Says

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.

The analysis was released Monday in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The authors say it's a medical issue pediatricians need to be aware of because children on food stamps are at risk for malnutrition and other ills linked with poverty.

How can We Expect to Build a Great Country when the very Resources Needed to Sustain the Country – Our Children - Can’t even get a Decent Meal?

Do only poor people have children? Why do so many people need food stamps? Or are our Politicians covering up the fact that the economy is not serving the needs of the working class, but are in fact only benefiting the wealthy class. The working class can not afford to feed their children then how can we expect them to become productive, educated members of society?

Hold on there now Mr. Whitehouse Propaganda… how can this be true? Half of US kids will get food stamps? What kind of economy are we creating? Outsourcing all our manufacturing jobs and creating more Government is a solution to what? Who “feeds” (pun intended) the Government? Ordinary working people, with ordinary jobs… jobs that have gone away and are not coming back… ever!

Everyone can’t be a Rocket Scientist. Even if given the opportunity to go to College and “get and education”. The reality is someone has got to do the real work… make the chain link fencing, fix the automobiles when they break, assemble the furniture, make the beds in the Hotel. America needs people of all levels producing and contributing. We can not all just sit behind desks pushing paper and manipulating stocks!

The late comedian George Karlin had a very simple, funny and true line he used in his act… “Take the average guy, half the people are dumber than that”. When you think about what that really means and don’t look at it from an offensive standpoint you can understand the real problem is we as a country have not recognized that human beings are all different and all have different skill sets. Just like we can not all play for the Lakers we can not all be academic geniuses.

Book Learning is not the Magical Answer to Every Crisis!

When you fall down you don’t analyze the “Best Way” to get up. You just get up! We need to develop and nurture a country where we embrace and take best advantage of our talent pool without exploiting it for financial gain. Outsourcing every manufacturing job is not in the interest of the American People. It simply shifts the burden of production to another countries less advantaged population. Then what do ordinary people do for employment? How do they contribute to the Tax Pool? We need everyone to be working in some kind of meaningful employment. People want to work and current policy is not making this possible. Current law makers are only rewarding the “White Collar” worker.

There will be no recovery if the needs of the “Working Class” are not addressed. It’s time to take a harder look at our tax systems, our educational system, our very democracy and capitalism. Solutions are not going to come until the Elitist Wealthy that controls the money supply realizes that they can not continue the status quo.

It’s time to shift the burden of Taxation away from the lower classes. It’s time to realize that the current Federal Programs for Housing, Welfare, and Food Stamps encourage a perpetual system of degradation and disenfranchisement. Why are we taxing the poor? Simple things like Food Taxes on groceries need to be abolished. A person needs an opportunity to support themselves before the tax system kicks in. The poor person pays tax on telephones, heating fuel, and food in most States. They don’t need to absorb the burden of an Income Tax. I am not suggesting that there is not tax I am suggesting that taxes do not kick in until a basic level of living is achieved. And that is simply not taking place and the people who are suffering the most are the Children.

Our country has got some very serious social issues to deal with that are being pushed under the table. We hear about breast cancer, gay rights, and our continual fight against the “Terrorists”… but the real issues affecting the United States are being pushed under the table. I’d love to be wrong about this… so set me straight. What is your solution to poverty stricken children?

Again I do not have the solution, but I do know that the current system is failing the American People and can not continue on if we are to be a healthy vibrant Nation.

Food Stamps are Clearly Not a Solution

Are Food Stamps the Future of our Economic System?
Are Food Stamps the Future of our Economic System?


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  • seamist profile image


    8 years ago from Northern Minnesota

    Great hub, Mike!

  • ethel smith profile image

    Ethel Smith 

    8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Thanks for sharing your slant on some of America's problems. The UK shares many of the same difficulties.

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    Roberta Kyle 

    8 years ago from Central New Jersey

    You make some very good points. I read somewhere that up to one third of American children under five live under the poverty line--s shocking statistic. Our children are our future. We've had too much of the I've got mine and to hell with you mentality. The fabric of America's social contract is ripped to shreds and we have got to mend it. There is not choice.


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