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  •  Put in such stark terms, (10+ / 0-)

    this demonstrates how sociopathic the congress has become.  50 million food-insecure?  I had no idea the numbers were so large.  Breaks my heart.  (BTW, I refuse to capitalize congress or congressman or senator because I have lost ALL respect for the sons of bitches.)  

    -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

    by GulfExpat on Thu May 30, 2013 at 11:07:24 AM PDT

    •  The term "food insecurity" is a bit broad (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, Aramis Wyler

      to be meaningful - for example how many of the people are in the "Low" versus "Very Low" categories?  As defined here (and in more detail below):

      In 2006, USDA introduced new language to describe ranges of severity of food insecurity.

      Food Insecurity

      •Low food security (old label=Food insecurity without hunger): reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.

      •Very low food security (old label=Food insecurity with hunger): Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake

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      The defining characteristic of very low food security is that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members is reduced and their normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources for food. Very low food security can be characterized in terms of the conditions that households in this category typically report in the annual food security survey.

      •99 percent reported having worried that their food would run out before they got money to buy more.

      •97 percent reported that the food they bought just did not last and they did not have money to get more.

      •95 percent reported that they could not afford to eat balanced meals.

      •97 percent reported that an adult had cut the size of meals or skipped meals because there was not enough money for food.

      •91 percent reported that this had occurred in 3 or more months.

      •95 percent of respondents reported that they had eaten less than they felt they should because there was not enough money for food.

      •65 percent of respondents reported that they had been hungry but did not eat because they could not afford enough food.

      •48 percent of respondents reported having lost weight because they did not have enough money for food.

      •27 percent reported that an adult did not eat for a whole day because there was not enough money for food.

      •21 percent reported that this had occurred in 3 or more months.

    •  First they deregulate big banks ... (3+ / 0-)

      ... and allow those banks to destroy the economy, putting millions of Americans out of work.

      Then they bail out those banks to the tune of trillions with those same Americans' tax dollars.

      Then they punish those now-poor Americans for being "lazy" and "expecting handouts."

      I am so proud of my country.  Not.  Seriously if the United States came to me as a therapy client, I would have to diagnose it as seriously emotionally and cognitively disturbed.

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