1 in 5 Americans worried in 2012 about source of next meal

  • Article by: TONY PUGH , McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Updated: September 8, 2013 - 5:35 PM

The level of food hardship in the United States remained high last year in the aftermath of the recession, in which more than 8 million Americans lost their jobs.

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denialoSep. 7, 13 4:35 PM

Good time to start another war since Obama has our economy doing so well at home.

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wplettfanSep. 7, 13 4:36 PM

Nearly 1 million children — about 1.3 percent of the nation’s youngsters — lived in households with very low food security...and yet we expect them to pass those standardized state tests with flying colors.

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supervon2Sep. 7, 13 4:45 PM

We have successfully sent the jobs overseas that people felt were beneath them. Just think if instead, we would have supported business staying in town and providing jobs and where we would be now. But, the politicians wanted those votes and getting rid of "stinky" industries was popular.

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dtmonkeyboySep. 7, 13 5:39 PM

supervon2.... We sent the jobs overseas because the wages overseas are so low. In fact, even if US taxes were $0, it would still be cheaper to ship jobs overseas. You can hire workers in India for about $3 a day. I guess you could view American workers as lazy and stupid for not being willing to accept those wages and for not being willing to live in slums similar to Mumbai. However, I am of the mindset that it is American corporations that are at fault, not only because they ship jobs overseas, but because they then demand take breaks back here in the US.

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dtmonkeyboySep. 7, 13 5:41 PM

If you think this is Obama's fault, you must also blame the successor of Petters for being unable to bring that corporation back too.....or is it possible that the Bush tax cuts created such an unstable pyramid scheme too?

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mnmaidSep. 7, 13 6:12 PM

Not surprising when only 62-68% of Americans are working--the lowest number since 1978, despite the spin Washington keeps putting on jobs reports. If you're not working, you're not eating. It's pretty simple. You can't eat "hope" or "change", but you can sure as hell starve to death on it.

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erikj3Sep. 7, 13 6:28 PM

"Congressional Republicans are pushing to cut the SNAP program by $40 billion as part of a new farm bill."...Many of the farmers in Congress who get subsidies actually voted to keep those going, yet they want to cut SNAP, when we still have a pretty bad economy for so many people. It's unconscionable. And they're complete hypocrites too.

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avejoecomSep. 7, 13 6:41 PM

If these people had made better choices in life they wouldn't be in this position! Take some PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!

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NikoreSep. 7, 13 6:47 PM

Just for starters cut SNAP spending in half then re-valuate. It is one of the most blatant vote buying attempt for low information voters.

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dogmanSep. 7, 1310:10 PM

Fortunately, congressional teapublicans are on the ball by trying to slash SNAP funds as a well-timed resolution. Honestly, why don't we just summarize their positions by saying they're waging war against humanity?

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