When economic data is continually spun to protect a political agenda rather than performing the function of showing where actual problems lie, then you will always have contradictions that counter the intended message. For example, how can a nation like the United States have only a 5.1% unemployment rate when it has been verified that nearly 93 million Americans within the age range of working years are not counted as either employed, or receiving benefits befitting the unemployed? Or how inflation is denoted as being less than 2%, but the cost of food, rent, education, and healthcare have all skyrocketed by a minimum of 30% over the past five years?
The answers of course lie in the fact that the perception of what is the economy has moved from production and earnings to that of investments and Wall Street, and why the line between the Ivory Tower and the ghetto is like that of a dystopian novel. For as the 1% are now far richer than at anytime in human history, 14 times that number can’t even afford to eat nutritious food to sustain even the meagerest of lifestyles.
An annual hunger report found that 17.4 million American households don’t have “enough food for an active, healthy life,” according to the US Department of Agriculture.
More than 80 percent in the survey said they were hungry, but didn’t eat because they couldn’t afford food.
The 2014 report, released on Wednesday, found that the majority of American households (86 percent) have access to enough food and are food secure throughout the year. However, a minority of households (14 percent, or 17.4 million) experience food insecurity, which means their access to food was limited by a lack of money or other resources.
While there was a drop in insecure households in the 3 years from 2011 to 2014, from a peak of 14.9 percent to 14 percent, the annual percentage of households that were food insecure prior to the 2008 financial crisis hovered at around 11 percent.
“Set in the context of our economic recovery, [the numbers] are devastating,” Billy Shore, founder of the anti-hunger non-profit group Share Our Strength told CNN Mondy. “Wall Street has recovered. The auto industry has recovered. Hungry Americans are almost exactly where they were.” – Russia Today
It should be a surprise that the U.S. continues to have so many Americans impoverished to the point where they cannot purchase quality food, or food in general, despite the fact that energy costs for food production are down, and efficiency has made that production even greater than in decades past. But with so much government bureaucracy involved despite the fact that over $1 trillion is spent annually on benefit programs, and too many middlemen in the process cause costs to in many instances double or triple, the reasons behind the unaffordability has little to do with the actual amount of food available, and more with inefficiencies of the process and the devaluation that has occurred over time with the dollar currency.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.