Just when you think the lying, inhumane slime-balls at Fox “News” can’t get any more callous, someone like libertarian creep John Stossel–who actually once did a piece called “The Perks of Panhandling”–says something like this:
And when people are needy you want them to get help. But think about the Depression. That was before there was any welfare state at all. How many people starved? No one.
First of all, Stossel, you despicable media hack, people did, indeed, starve to death during the Great Depression.
The Digital History project website at the University of Houston, co-authored by Steven Mintz and Sara McNeil, has a brief blurb on cases of starvation in the U.S. during the Great Depression:
President Herbert Hoover declared, ‘Nobody is actually starving. The hoboes are better fed than they have ever been.’ But in New York City in 1931, there were 20 known cases of starvation; in 1934, there were 110 deaths caused by hunger. There were so many accounts of people starving in New York that the West African nation of Cameroon sent $3.77 in relief.
Secondly, it’s evident that in your simple black and white-thinking mind the only barometer of our success as a society is whether or not people die. What about malnutrition, food-insecurity, lack of stability or a decent quality of life? Shouldn’t people in a nation as rich as ours expect more than not starving to death–or as long as people aren’t literally wasting away in the streets is everything hunky-dory in your smug little opinion?
Give me a break.
Reality check: 50 million Americans are going hungry, many of them children, right now, as you and your Tea Party and libertarian buddies whine about taxes and the SHRINKING national debt while planning to cut the food stamp program.
Watch the disturbing video: