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Half of America’s Children Will Get Food Stamps

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Posted on Nov 2, 2009
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About half of all American children will receive food stamps by the age of 20. Among black children, the figure is a stunning 90 percent. A new study drew those conclusions from data spanning 1968 to 1997.

The analysis, conducted by sociologists from Washington University and Cornell University, is shocking, but it has long been known that children bear the brunt of poverty.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 39 percent of U.S. children live in low-income families. The group defines low income as twice the official poverty line, or “the amount of income that research suggests is needed on average for families to meet their basic needs.”  —PZS

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Overall, about 49 percent of all children were on food stamps at some point by the age of 20, the analysis found. That includes 90 percent of black children and 37 percent of whites. The analysis didn’t include other ethnic groups.

The time span included typical economic ups and downs, including the early 1980s recession. That means similar portions of children now and in the future will live in families receiving food stamps, although ongoing economic turmoil may increase the numbers, Rank said.

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By Virginia777, November 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Thats just great, one-half of America’s children so close to poverty.

And it doesn’t stop there. Public education is under siege, health insurance beleaguered, low-income housing funds dried up,

will we not be content until we are a third World country with beggars lining the streets?

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By gerard, November 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment

De Profundis is on a roll!  More!  More!  Makes us laugh—to keep from crying, of course.  Or going stark, raving mad.  Seriously, what happened to the “disappeared” Lies We Tell Our Children article. TD?  Ayn Rand really shouldn’t be allowed to elbow it out?

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By de profundis clamavi, November 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

O beautiful, for endless war,
Though children are in need!
To pay for war, let children starve –
They cost too much to feed!
O Pentagon! O Pentagon!
Thy budget sacred be!
While children die, keep spending high,
On wars across the sea!

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By Ed Harges, November 3, 2009 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

Half?!

Wow, I wouldn’t have thought it was that bad, and I’m certainly no optimist.

That’s amazing.

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By de profundis clamavi, November 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Our Free Market, which owneth Congress, Hallowed be Thy Name! Thy Lobbyists come, Thy will be done, in Congress, also known as “Heaven”. Give not to poor children any bread, and forgive not their debts, nor allow them to trespass lest they bother us. And lead us not into compassion, but deliver us from socialism, for Thine is the Plutocracy, and the Executive Suite, and the Business Jet forever, Amen!

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By Folktruther, November 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

Half of America’s children are on food stamps.  The US has the largest prison population in the world.  the US has the largest military budget in the world.  the US has the largest religious population in the world.  How has this happened?

Neoliberal capitalism increases economic inequality.  Including the destitution that produces poverty and the food stamps.

The ineequality must be maintained by the rich by violence.  War abroad as an ideological diversion and a police state at home.

The violence must be jsutified by irrationality.  The deception of the media and the irrationality of religion.  The secrecy of the government.

All of which is legitimated and justified under the American codewords of Freedom&Democracy;.  The US as the shining City on the Hill.  The Inspiring rhetoric of Obama while continuing Bushite policies.

And it will get worse.  the US power system has degenerated into a plutocratic Mafia.  It has no future, and neither do America’s children while it survives.  Half of America’s children were on foodstamps BEFORE the current depression, but the mass media covered it up and currently lies aabout the amonunt of unemployment.  A million children are homeless.  so far.

And yet the Dem Progs suppport Obama who is simply the public face of the plutocratic Mafia.  It is true that his approval raate is sinking fast, but not fast enough to avert the devastation he is causing in the economy, the wars, and the culture of barbarism that he is disguising.

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By ChaoticGood, November 3, 2009 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

A central theme of American Culture is Hero Worship.  Heroes are not poor and weak.  We stare fixated at the wealthy, beautiful, strong and avert our eyes from the poor, ugly and weak.  We tell ourselves and our children to ignore them.  The problem is that most of us are not heroes.  So, is it any wonder that we do as we do?
I think not…

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By Howie Bledsoe, November 3, 2009 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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“The analysis is in line with other recent research suggesting that more than 40 percent of U.S. children will live in poverty or near-poverty by age 17; and that half will live at some point in a single-parent family. Also, other researchers have estimated that slightly more than half of adults will use food stamps at some point by age 65.”
This is crazy, especially when you consider that by the time these children are 65, existing on welfare/food stamps, etc. will be the norm, and the poverty line as we know it today will have moved quite a way down the bar.  That is to assume that a welfare option will be available in 50 years.

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By thebeerdoctor, November 3, 2009 at 3:37 am Link to this comment

re: Outraged

The term about everybody is a half stolen quote from late Chicago blues musician Junior Wells, who once said in song: “Everybody’s gettin’ some, why not me?”
But to quote another great late blues master, Luther Allison: “I’m going back to the shoe shine stand”. Which also seems apt, now that the hard-work rugged individualist myth has been completely dispelled by socialist corporate actions.
Perhaps I should have used the word bankster, but the “it takes a pillage” noun is actually a verb; especially when you examine what the Financial Times found about how Goldman Sachs will benefit from the CIT group bankruptcy.
There are rats who abandon sinking ships. But there also rats who wind up taking all the cheese. When Matt Taibbi wrote in the Rolling Stone about the monstrous nature of Goldman Sachs, even naive liberals thought he was exaggerating! The very same folks who ask the question: Can the U.S. go broke? When the answer is, it already has. Job 1 now is in convincing everyone to not believe it.

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By Outraged, November 3, 2009 at 2:03 am Link to this comment

Re: beerdoctor

Your comments: “Wall Street is getting more than anyone from the federal largess,accept of course their too-big-to-fail banker friends, and not to be forgotten, those war-is-peace activists within the multi-national corporations, creating all those ‘useful’ weapons.
Why should anyone be shocked that the tax-surrendering citizens want a couple of crumbs from the continuously crumbling pie? Everybody is getting some, why not me?”

For the record, I’m not nitpicking in a bad way…but I feel compelled to correct your term “banker friends”.  A more accurate depiction would be “bankSTER friends”.

Also, regarding your comment, “Everybody is getting some, why not me?”

Again… technically I’m not in disagreement, but you see, it’s not “why not me”, more accurately it is:.... “ESPECIALLY ME”.

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By Outraged, November 3, 2009 at 1:20 am Link to this comment

Quote: “A new study drew those conclusions from data spanning 1968 to 1997.”

It’s hard to imagine what the current statistics are, they must be OFF THE CHARTS.  This study is from ‘68 - ‘97, well before the implosion.  I thank those in Congress and Pres. Obama as well as all the considerate people who fight to see that at least the country is fed.  Shines a bright light on the criminal element though…. doesn’t it?

Those who’ve stole, undermined and trampled every American Democratic Premise we KNOW and put the country in this predicament.  Dirty, rotten, SICK, greedy degenerates… walk into the limelight you disgusting excuses of human waste.  America wants to see your face.  You’re proud of your “accomplishments” aren’t you…?  Show your FACE, don’t let others take your grandeur away…. step up. I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least give an “HONORABLE MENTION” to every piece of low-life stench that consider themselves “professionals” yet without conscience, consider it their VERY JOB to protect this vile.  History will not be kind, NO MATTER how many times it is attempted to be rewritten.

Article quote:  “The current recession is likely to generate for children in the United States the greatest level of material deprivation that we will see in our professional lifetimes,” Stanford pediatrician Dr. Paul Wise wrote.

Wise said the Archives study estimate is believable.’

It tells you something doesn’t it, when the UNBELIEVABLE is “believable”.

Traitors.

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By Poonchkie, November 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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The public assistance program is designed to help Citizens who find themselves in dire straits. Though designed as a stop-gap to avert hunger, I fear that it will be overwhelmed by the numbers of people suffering from the exodus of living wage jobs in this country.

There are those who have lived for generations using the system as a career and will find themselves dropped with no means or ability to support themselves, and then there are those poor souls who, through no fault of their own and for the first time needing help, will find that the system will not be there for them. All this while we hemmorage tax dollars to support criminal corporate interests and TWO unwinnable war occupations.

I don’t know what the solution is, but to continue doing what we are doing will result in the fracturing of our Country.

Are we prepared as a Nation to see children digging through garbage cans and begging on the streets?

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By gerard, November 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

A minute ago there was an article onsite about “Lies We Tell Our Children,” but it seems to have quickly disappeared in favor of this article on foot stamps.  Speaking of food stamps and lies we tell our children, how about the lie that America is a country of liberty and justice for all—even if some of them have to go hungry?  Or the many lies connected with militray service, about how it “makes a man” of you, you can “travel’ and “get an education” by joining, that you will probably “survive” and “may not see any action” and that it is a “great honor to die for your country.”  And of course that you are a “coward” if you don’t sign up.  Etc. Etc.  “Guaranteed medical care.”  Food stamps is just part of the system. A few of us are “too big to fail” while millions of us don’t matter at all. Give me a break!

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By thebeerdoctor, November 2, 2009 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

With news that COSTCO is working to accept Food Stamp Cards nationwide. Has it dawned anyone that the shamefulness associated with the government dole, is just so 20th century. Wall Street is getting more than anyone from the federal largess,accept of course their too-big-to-fail banker friends, and not to be forgotten, those war-is-peace activists within the multi-national corporations, creating all those ‘useful’ weapons.
Why should anyone be shocked that the tax-surrendering citizens want a couple of crumbs from the continuously crumbling pie? Everybody is getting some, why not me?

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