“That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations is as shocking as it is true…” — Thomas Paine
There are problems – (from mashable.com) – 6 startling facts about child hunger in the U.S. — and how you can help
An estimated 48.8 million Americans, including 16.2 million children, live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.
As a result, about 1 in 5 children go hungry at some point during the year.
Though 8.5 million American children receive government assistance like SNAP to combat hunger, that doesn’t address the full problem. Around 1 in 5 families with children with children experiencing food insecurity do not qualify for assistance-based programs, whether it’s due to household income, employment requirements or otherwise.
Being locked out of government programs means these families face unique obstacles, not quite qualifying for safety nets, but not being able to make ends meet either.
And other problems:
From Socialsolutions.com – 2016’s Shocking Homelessness Statistics
(In 2016) 564,708 people in the U.S. are homeless. According to a recent report, over half a million people were living on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing during a one-night national survey last January. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, 358,422 were individuals, and a quarter of the entire group were children.
And then there are other “problems”:
“Another failed missile test by Kim and the Hermit Kingdom has prompted Trump to mobilize a fleet of Grey Eagle drones in South Korea. Each Grey Eagle drone costs $31.2 million. The deployment means a whole lot of Hellfire missiles will be needed. Good news for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. Not so good for civilians in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Afghanistan.” ~ Kurt Nimmo, Activistpost.com
Without the collection of weasels, vermin, pathological liars, and other assorted criminals who run our government, any sane person could expect the needs of the nation’s hungry and homeless citizens, especially hungry, homeless and malnourished children to be a top priority. But given that indeed it is a collection of weasels, vermin, pathological liars and other assorted criminals running the government, the needs of the poor, the outcast, the downtrodden, the mentally ill and homeless become secondary.
And lest one might think all this bombing is exclusive to the Donald, we have this from CNN from 2015:
Washington (CNN) The U.S. Air Force has fired off more than 20,000 missiles and bombs since the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS began 15 months ago, according to the Air Force, leading to depleted munitions stockpiles and calls to ramp up funding and weapons production.
As the U.S. ramps up its campaign against the Islamist terror group in Iraq and Syria, the Air Force is now “expending munitions faster than we can replenish them,” Air Force chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh said in a statement.
“B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers. F-15Es are in the fight because they are able to employ a wide range of weapons and do so with great flexibility. We need the funding in place to ensure we’re prepared for the long fight,” Welsh said in the statement. “This is a critical need.”
And for an encore:
Geez…that’s a lot of bombs. We’ve lost count. Let’s get some help here:
From the article by Kurt Nimmo for Activistpost.com
According to Airwars, the US has conducted over 20,000 airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, dropped 79,649 bombs and missiles, and killed at minimum 3,164 civilians as of April 30.
Wow! 76,649 bombs dropped on terrorist group(s) the US government started. And we’re still at it! But hey, when you have the military complex to keep going, along with oil interests in foreign countries, and want to control-freak the world, you have to have enemies.
“…Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters; but, the wars have also raked in billions of dollars for Washington’s military elite.
In fact, more than seventy American companies and individuals have won up to $27 billion in contracts for work in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan over the last three years, according to a recent study by the Center for Public Integrity. According to the study, nearly 75 per cent of these private companies had employees or board members, who either served in, or had close ties to, the executive branch of the Republican and Democratic administrations, members of Congress, or the highest levels of the military.
In 1997, a U.S. Department of Defense report stated, “the data show a strong correlation between U.S. involvement abroad and an increase in terrorist attacks against the U.S.” Truth is, the only way America can win the “War On Terror” is if it stops giving terrorists the motivation and the resources to attack America. Terrorism is the symptom; American imperialism in the Middle East is the cancer. Put simply, the War on Terror is terrorism; only, it is conducted on a much larger scale by people with jets and missiles.” ~ Garikai Chengu ~ globalresearch.ca
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
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