Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on April 11, 2012
Obama should be ashamed of himself. He’s completely out of touch with the people of this great nation. He thinks that spending one billion dollars on his campaign is perfectly normal. Instead, it is the ultimate example of the profligate nature of campaign spending and what insane levels it has reached.
Estimates of this year’s campaign spending are in the ballpark of eight billion dollars. Why can’t politicians and their main backers see that in a time when many of our people are out of work, lost their homes, and starving, that this kind of spending proves there are no morals left to a whole segment of our population. That part of the population who would back these immoral candidates are the problem, as much as the candidates themselves.
Yet we insist on voting for them.
WHY? Why are we our own worst enemy?
How about this for an analogy: Obama is the “Miss America” contestant who buys herself an expensive wardrobe while her children are starving to death. Some values, huh?
Here are the statistics for hunger and poverty in America (remember, these figures are higher now):
- In 2009, 43.6 million people (14.3 percent) were in poverty.
- In 2009, 15.5 million (20.7 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
- In 2009, 3.4 million (8.9 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security
- In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children.
- In 2010, 5.4 percent of households (6.4 million households) experienced very low food security.
- In 2010, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.2 percent compared to 11.7 percent.
Facts of Child Hunger in America
- According to the USDA, over 16 million children lived in food insecure (low food security and very low food security) households in 2010.
- In 2010, 16.4 million or approximately 22 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.
- Research indicates that hungry children do more poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate.
When you put it into perspective, doesn’t it seem a shame that our fellow “countrymen” would rather spend eight billion dollars pelting you with campaign ads than feeding the hungry? And after they’ve spent all their billions, what have we got?
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