American Children are Starving While Washington Debates 'Shared Sacrifice'
I've got your shared sacrifice right here.
People – children – are starving here in the United States. Starving. Not 'not eating enough nutritious food', but not eating enough food. Because their parents can't afford to feed them. Because between food inflation and cuts to supportive government programs, there isn't enough help out there. Over a quarter (28%) of families surveyed in a Boston hospital report missing meals.
Meanwhile, the 'serious people' in Washington are debating (yes, debating) whether or not it's appropriate to continue to make payments on debt the US government has already incurred, almost certainly, by their irresponsible bickering, plunging the US economy deeper into recession.
And millionaires benefit daily in myriad ways from US government services, not least of which are corporate welfare, courts that lean toward corporations, laws that ensure that there is no penalty for 'outsourcing' labor to third world country and leaving the American middle class bereft, and roads and infrastructure (under maintained and crumbling) that supports those workers that are left.
These same millionaires demand that we not touch income and business tax rates that are well below historical norms and are currently lower than at any time in over fifty years, while senior citizens struggle to decide whether to take their heart medicine this month or 'splurge' on food. Parents are cobbling together two or three part time jobs (without benefits), making inadequate day care arrangements with untrustworthy (but cheap) providers, and still not able to feed their children.
This is beyond outrageous, it is criminal. The purpose of the US government, as outlined in the constitution (right there in the preamble – to put it in business terms – the 'mission statement') is to 'promote the general welfare'. Income inequality such as we currently have, unprecedented in US history, is neither sustainable nor healthy.
And in the meantime, while we dither and think, 'well, Washington knows what's best' or 'maybe charities will take care of them', children are starving. We don't have time to dither anymore. Call your congressperson now and demand that they take steps to restore the American dream to all its citizens, not just the wealthy ones – starting with raising the debt ceiling limit without conditions. Just do what's right.