Wednesday, November 14, 2007


How disturbing is this report?

The U.S. government said the number of Americans who went hungry in 2006 was held in check at 35 million people from the prior year, but food advocacy groups said on Wednesday more needs to be done. Overall, 35.52 million people, including 12.63 million children, went hungry compared with 35.13 million in 2005. The survey was conducted in December 2006 and represented 294 million people, an increase of 2.5 million from 2005. Food advocacy groups said the figures showed the United States was not doing enough to combat hunger, and feared conditions could worsen. "As costs for food, energy, and housing continue to rise and wages stagnate or decline, households are finding themselves increasingly strapped," said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. "This may mean even worse numbers in 2007."


And meanwhile, The War in Iraq Has Cost us $468,686,263,273 to date.

Instead, we could have hired 8,122,392 additional public school teachers for one year.

Instead, we could have built 4,220,081 additional housing units.

Instead, we could have paid for 62,077,690 children to attend a year of Head Start.

Instead, we could have insured 280,650,675 children for one year.

Instead, we could have provided 22,720,900students four-year scholarships at public universities.




10 Comments:

Blogger EditThis said...

Yeah, it's really horrifying when you total up all the numbers like that.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Norris said...

I'd like to see some stats on obese people (physically and financially). I wonder how much personal wealth could go to funding those things you mentioned that is instead going toward a bigger house, second car, vacation, etc...

7:08 AM  
Blogger Princess in Galoshes said...

ouch.

7:57 AM  
Blogger sage said...

Preach it! It's amazing what our president has gotten us into--the man better hope people think of him as stupid because the only alternative is sinnister and evil. Why is it when I think of our Administration, my blood pressure rises?

9:40 AM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

That is one expensive war.

Also, a good tip when donating to food banks is to also donate a can opener. Families get canned food and often have no way of opening it.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Makes me so mad!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Oh Diane... you silly idealist:)

4:27 PM  
Blogger LA said...

Damn. It's actually more painful than usual when you break the numbers down like that. What a freaking mess we're in.

6:22 PM  
Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

So I'm guessing that you'll be voting Republican for the next president?

9:19 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Dan - the last Republican I supported was Gerald Ford . . . I was 15 and unable to vote, but I did help decorate the band stand when he spoke at Mile Square Park (John Wayne was there too!)

10:40 PM  

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