Friday, October 28, 2005

It is a start, but they didn't cut enough.

Hopefully the senate will pass what the House just did. Seems to be a fair reduction to begin with.... But we need to cut further, to teach self reliance and force self reliance by ending these wasteful programs.


A new Agriculture Department report found 38.2 million Americans "were food insecure" in 2004, an increase of nearly 2 million from the previous year. Tufts University food economist Parke Wilde food insecurity "now equals the worstlevels" since recordkeeping began a decade ago.


An expert panel defines food insecurity as "whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain." Often they mention poor food choices as making a family "food insecure".

Reading the USDA's Food security guide makes me wonder about the reliability of these studies and results.

Let me see, I am at a governmental agency looking for money for my family.... they hand me a questionaire.....

1. “The food that we bought just didn’t last, and we didn’t
have money to get more.” Was that often, sometimes, or
never true for your household in the last 12 months?
___ (1) Often true
___ (2) Sometimes true
___ (3) Never true
___ (4) I don’t know

Gee, let me think, I want money so the true answer is.....Ding ding ding ding..."OFTEN TRUE" because that is where the money is... As the applicant is filling out the questionaire they aren't thinking about what the true answer is, they are thinking which answer will get them money.

The remaining questions....


2. “We couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals.” Was that
often, sometimes, or never true for your household in the
last 12 months?
___ (1) Often true
___ (2) Sometimes true
___ (3) Never true
___ (4) I don’t know
3. In the last 12 months, did you or other members in
your household ever cut the size of your meals or skip
meals because there wasn’t enough money for food?
___ (1) Yes
___ (2) No
___ (3) I don’t know
4. If #3 is Yes, how often did this happen?
___ (1) Almost every month
___ (2) Some months but not every month
___ (3) Only 1 or 2 months
___ (4) I don’t know
5. In the last 12 months, did you ever eat less than you
felt you should because there wasn’t enough money to
buy food?
___ (1) Yes
___ (2) No
___ (3) I don’t know
6. In the last 12 months, were you ever hungry but didn’t
eat because you couldn’t afford enough food?
___ (1) Yes
___ (2) No
___ (3) I don’t know

hmmm..... It would be shocking to me to see someone applying for aid to NOT answer each question with the first answer. Unless they know they have to answer 3 or 4 in the affirmative to get aid and not draw attention to their questionaire by looking too needy on the test, yet looking fine.

It is a given that there are some who do need help, but I find that most are just people getting what they can from whoever they can.

Perhaps they even believe that they do need help... Our society has taught us that we are supposed to live a certain way.... that it is only fair that the poor should be able to have cars, cable, booze, cigarettes, new clothes... and still get aid.

I wonder what we would find if we had surprise visits to people getting assistance.

The funny thing is, people are not starving.... we just eat junk food.... and sorry, we all know what we should and shouldnt eat.... Programs to teach nutrition once your out of middle school are a joke and a waste of taxpayer bucks....

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