Friday, March 29, 2013
The American Recovery
By Reginald Kaigler (DEMCAD)
We have nearly 50 million Americans on food stamps, but who cares? Welcome to the recovery.
The exact number of Americans collecting food stamps was a record 47,791,996 as of December 2012. That's 23,064,554 households.
Nearly 50 Million Americans on food stamps.
The story I have for you today is not only a painful sign of the times, but harbinger of things to come. When a Laney Supermarket closed down, so many desperate people showed up to get free food that the police almost had a riot on their hands. After enduring the mad rush, the police threw the food into the trash.
After the owners of the grocery store lost the property to the bank, they offered the food to a local church, but members didn't showed up. And that's when everything went south. Hundreds of people showed up to get the food. Apparently, the owners didn't care if the people grabbed the food. The police probably didn't care either, but the bank refused to release the food. Instead, it was taken to a landfill.
The people complained about the bank and frankly, I thought it was wasteful. But watching the news reporter interview the stereotypical, desperate, black, single, mom was unbearable. I know people are struggling (so am I), but having kids that you can't take care isn't going to make it better.
What happened at that grocery store was a snapshot of what's really going on in this country. The rich are the only ones experiencing a recovery. The middle class and poor are getting buried.
It's so sad to see what the country has become.