March 24th, 2012
Guns vs. Butter–Guess which wins?
So, here’s where we are right now…
(From the Huffington Post):
** Helen Becker of Northampton, Pa. has received a hot meal from volunteers with Meals On Wheels of Northampton County every day for the past several years.
“…That’s the biggest part of my diet, having the cooked meal,” Becker, 89, said in an interview. On Mondays it might be rotisserie baked chicken with yams, Tuesdays maybe spaghetti with meatballs accompanied by half a cup of applesauce and a dinner roll. And so on, every weekday at lunchtime.
The whole routine is now in doubt, thanks to budget cuts known as “sequestration” that are scheduled to kick in on Friday. The policy will deliver a 5.1 percent cut to a broad range of federal programs, including those under the Administration on Aging, which since 1972 has provided federal funds for senior nutrition programs.
“If they try and cut it I don’t know what’s going to happen to all these people that get it, especially somebody like me and all the others,” Becker said.
Exactly how many fewer meals seniors will receive and whether Becker will be affected remain unclear. The Obama administration says 4 million meals will be lost. The Meals On Wheels Association of America, an umbrella group for some 5,000 local organizations nationwide distributing a million meals a day, estimates the cuts will have an even bigger effect: 19 million fewer meals **
(And I’ll add a personal testimony: I’ve brought these meals to seniors and I volunteered at a Senior center for years. And, right out of college I worked as an New York City welfare worker—several my “cases” were isolated old people on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
I know that sometimes old people are so helpless and isolated that it isn’t just the meals–it’s the visit from another human being in the midst of what would otherwise be another long, lonely day).
So now we see that all the combined intelligence and power of the greater and lesser of two evils couldn’t figure out a way to continue to deliver food to old, poor people– But it was no problem figuring out a way to make sure the Department of Homeland Security could acquire enough ammunition to suppress a revolution (See link to article below)…
We can argue all we want whether we should choose the evil of two lessers (though I don’t want to waste my time doing it anymore) but we have to ask: Does our current political structure amount to anything but stale bread and 3rd rate circuses? Is there a shred of representative democracy embodied in the two-party system anymore? AND– how long do these people go on stealing from us and taking away our liberties before people rise up and do something about it? And I don’t mean vote.
Seems like it’s going to have to be a non-violent revolution because the men and women in charge are not taking any chances: