Although the mainstream media broadcast alarming stories about widespread and severe hunger in the nation, in reality, most of the poor do not experience hunger or food shortages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture collects data on these topics in its household food security survey. For 2009, the survey showed:
Other government surveys show that the average consumption of protein, vitamins, and minerals is virtually the same for poor and middle-class children and is well above recommended norms in most cases.
- 96 percent of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry at any time during the year because they could not afford food.
- 83 percent of poor families reported having enough food to eat.
- 82 percent of poor adults reported never being hungry at any time in the prior year due to lack of money for food.
The stats that you cite are a crock. The stat is not that 16 million children go to be hungry ever night, but that over the course of a year, 16 million children were cited as having been in food jeopardy. That's not the same thing. If it were, then we would be seeing the effects of malnutrition throughout the US, including severely underweight children and stunted growth from malnutrition. In fact, we're seeing the opposite. As the chart below shows, consumption of critical nutrients exceeds requirements among all children, including poor children, in all age groups.
The chart below shows the rates of stunted growth globally. The US has a far lower percentage of children with stunted growth than any other region of the world.
In other words, the stats are false.
HEIGHT DIFFERENCE IN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREANS
Source:Soonyoung Park, Seoul National University (North Korea)
Korean Agency for Technology and Standard (South Korea)Korean Agency for Technology and Standard (South Korea)
Now, if you want to argue that the US economy during the Depression approached the current level of famine in North Korea, you'd still fail. The stats are nowhere near as bad for the US, although Roosevelt certainly tried to stall the recovery with his imposition of central planning. Regardless, your arguments are false.