"Given that the media cater to the advertisers of luxury products, and
further given that people employed in the media mostly earn well above poverty
wages, it is not surprising that the media usually overlook poverty and hunger,
except for obligatory holiday stories that make it seem as though charity will
solve the problem, he wrote."I also wonder given he very
negative attitudes towards those in poverty that fill these threads if the Media
is also not catering to a viewing public that would just as soon forget there
are any poor or hungry people. Not something most viewers want to be reminded of
during the 5:00 news/dinner hour.
I like Hutterite have also seen it on more then one news outlet including the
PBS news hour and CNN but I to did not see any mention of it on big bang. I
guess it just depends on what you choose to filter out.
The other day I was looking at two charts and trying to understand why since I
was married 50 years ago per capita GDP has risen 300% but family income has
only risen 17%. My wife, who doesn't understand a fig about economics said
"that's easy, that's why so many families are having such a hard
time". According to a calculator in the Desnews a few weeks ago it takes
$56260 per year to raise a family of two children in Utah. 40% of Utah families
make less than $30,000. I'm surprised that only 14% are getting food
stamps. I would much prefer giving food to hungry children than billions of
dollars to Archer Daniels Midland, AIG, or General Dynamics. It's also
The revolution wont be televised.
Make food stamps as difficult to get as a building permit!
Back in the 60's when my dad was temporarily out of work we received
assistance. Pinto beans, Cheese, Powdered Milk, Oatmeal, Flour, and a few other
staples that were boxed up and delivered to our house. It wasn't great
food, but it was enough to get us by for the 3 months that we had to be on them.
Today they think that any assistance has to provide what the middle to
upper incomes have. Maybe if we went back to the basics we could save some money
and give people a reason to want to get off assistance.
of course you are not going to hear about poverty or the expansion of food stamp
dependence on the All Barack Channel, the National Barack Channel, or the
Consistent Barack Support. That would only highlight what an abysmal job BO is
doing managing the economy.
The number of people on food stamps now is staggering. I believe that our
churches and we as private citizens need to step up and get to know our
neighbors better. If we see a need, let us reach out to help meet it. We are
often too busy and caught up in our own stuff and we don't reach out to
help. Why should government have to be the solution on these
things? We are the solution! If our neighbor is struggling to pay their bills
or have someone watch their kids, we should figure out a way to help them! It
should not be necessary in most cases for the government to step in and be the
answer. It is not a sustainable system if we perpetuate this behavior. Let's take responsibility for our communities and neighborhoods.
Let's take care of each other. Let's stop blaming everyone and
everything else for what is wrong in society. Let's stop waiting or
wishing for someone else to do what should be done. Let's be
the change we wish to see in the world.
Haven't seen this stat on 'duck dynasty'. Have seen it on
I don't know what this article is saying. I've heard this statistic
on TV ad nauseam.
Got a problem with the article. I would appreciate some in-depth reporting on
the effort of various agencies to expand the food stamp program to people who
may not need it. Remember boys and girls, the first rule of any organization is
to grow (expand, get bigger).There is money in food stamps, not just
for the recipient but for the food manufacturers who want to get their product
on the approved list, and it benefits them to expand the number of
recipients.When we were younger and living on a tight budget and
eating well but basic fare, we would see food stamps purchase items we could not
afford. I think if food stamps are to be doled out, they should limited to
generic brands and a certain amount of food stuffs should come from the pantries
as in-kind support. Mandatory classes in food, nutrition and budgeting should
also be required. Just doling out money will not get people off the welfare
roles, but will only solidify their position.I do have a hard time
with college students getting food stamps, something doesn't seem kosher on
I think you had enough material for two articles here. I'd like to see a
separate article on media coverage of poverty. Thanks for writing
about an important topic!