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June 08, 2007

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DJ

This is a silly challenge. Never has a country been as well fed as ours. Statistics indicate the problem is eating too much food, as opposed to not eating enough. This is yet another excuse at additional gov't control, and the lever is our/your emotions! Why don't you people find a real problem, instead of making one up?

Alane Bowling

Re: DJ's comment: How is raising awareness of hunger in our country silly? There are a lot of overfed people in America, true, and a lot of people who make unhealthy choices, but there are also millions of Americans who go to bed hungry every night despite their best efforts. It's not silly to draw attention to this problem. It's shameful that a country as wealthy as ours has this problem at all.

Alane

Re: DJ's comment: How is raising awareness of hunger in our country silly? There are a lot of overfed people in America, true, and a lot of people who make unhealthy choices, but there are also millions of Americans who go to bed hungry every night despite their best efforts. It's not silly to draw attention to this problem. It's shameful that a country as wealthy as ours has this problem at all.

DJ

There are at least two ways in which this is, at best, silly. First, the two most effective way to address hunger in America have nothing to do with food stamps. Here they are, in their order of importance: Work and Private Charity. I live in an area where lots of food stamps are given out and, surprisingly, lots of people do not work - at all. I ask my wife how often people are hanging around outside their apartments, doing nothing. The answer? All day. By providing things like food stamps, you increase dependence on the state. The reason we are wealthy is our independence, not our dependence. Nextly, Private Charity is an extremely effectient way of delivering aid to people who need it. I don't want to blather so enough about that. To summarize point 1, this silly because in the long run, you are actually harming the people you want to help.

The second way this is silly is you are harming the people who do not have a problem. Robin Hood may be glorified on TV, but most "rich" people in America have not cheated to get ahead, yet we punish them with confiscatory taxation. And I am not the least bit ashamed that a wealthy country should have this problem. The country itself is not wealthy, its people are. The wealth is not some untapped pool of resources, it actually belongs to people. It only seems unfair when you allow jealousy to creep into your mindset. Once you achieve a certain amount of wealth, then it starts to seem a bit more unfair.

So once again, this is a completely silly piece of propoganda, orchestrated by activists and their legislators, designed to impoverish America and increase centralized control. Every American politician from Washington up to FDR would recognize this as an unfettered attack on America.

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