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Each day I receive an e-mail from the History Channel indicating significant events that happened on this date in history. This morning one of the dates used was November 21, 1980 and the historical event was 350 million people, worldwide, sat around their TV sets waiting to find out who killed J.R. Ewing on the TV series Dallas. The comparison between what happened in this country 25-plus years ago, and what is happening now is astronomical. When the historians go back in time and write about the significant events that happened on November 21, 2006, I doubt they will include anything about the Washington Post article Some Americans Lack Food, but USDA Wont Call Them Hungry The USDA report indicates 35 million Americans (12% of the population) were not able to put food on the table for at least part of 2005. Of the 35 million, eleven million stated there were periods when they were hungry. The following is from the USDA Report How Many People Lived in Food-Insecure Households? In 2005, 35 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 12.4 million children. Of these individuals, 7.6 million adults and 3.2 million children lived in households with very low food security. Childrens food security is affected to some extent in most food-insecure households (see the ERS report, Food Assistance Research BriefImportance of Children Nutrition Programs to Agriculture). However, children are usually protected from substantial reductions in food intake even in households with very low food security. In 2005, 606,000 children (0.8 percent of the Nations children) lived in households with very low food security among children. How does the Superpower solve the hunger problem in the US? We change the wording in the report. USDA will no longer use the word hungry to describe people without food, instead the term "very low food security" will be used to describe this group of Americans. If we use the term "very low housing security" to describe the Katrina victims that still have no place to live, "very low medical security" to describe the estimated 100-million people unable to afford complete health insurance, and "very low food security" to describe the 35-million without sufficient food, that doesnt sound nearly as serious as saying Americans are homeless, without medical insurance and going hungry. The health and well being of the citizens of this country should take precedence over any other expenditure. Perhaps this is the way our country intends to fight off the draft - if you're homeless, hungry, without health insurance and without a job that pays a sufficient amount to support your family, you are much more likely to volunteer for our "all volunteer Army" aren't you?
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