This segment from last night’s 60 Minutes is devastating.
“American families have been falling out of the middle class in record numbers. The combination of lost jobs and millions of foreclosures means a lot of folks are homeless and hungry for the first time in their lives. . . . One of the consequences of the recession that you don’t hear a lot about is the record number of children descending into poverty. . . it is estimated the poverty rate for kids in this country will soon hit 25 percent. Those children would be the largest American generation to be raised in hard times since the Great Depression.”
You can go elsewhere for the statistics; they can’t be too hard to find. But just watch these kids tell Pelley what hunger feels like and if you don’t weep, you may need an empathy check.
The pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps crowd can kiss my butt. We’re a rich country and we should feed our kids.