Where’s the beef?

We allow three U.S. citizens to own more wealth than 150,000,000 Americans combined. How do you feel about that?

We accept it when ten thousand cars line up in San Antonio for free food because the families in those cars couldn’t afford to eat. How do you feel about that?

I was at the supermarket today in PV and watched a 70-year-old man toss two pre-packaged, bacon-wrapped filets mignon into his cart. Then he took a third off the shelf as an afterthought, and tossed it in. How do you feel about that?

We have given a trillion-dollar care package to corporate America to help them weather the Great Depression. We will give some Americans $1,200 to weather it. How do you feel about that?

We let dairy farmers throw away millions of gallons of milk while millions of other Americans are out of food. How do you feel about that?

We allow millions of tons of food to rot because they were purposed for restaurants, and although perfectly edible, they aren’t “pretty” enough to be sold in supermarkets that have strict food appearance guidelines. How do you feel about that?

We are the richest country in the world and have the world’s most abundant and stable food supply. We will let millions of Americans and their children go to sleep hungry tonight and for many nights more. How do you feel about that?

We have designated entire industries as so important they cannot be allowed to fail. We will not designate any American family so important that it cannot become homeless or hungry. How do you feel about that?

We denigrate African countries as corrupt and poor because they cannot feed their people, yet we, who can, refuse to feed our own. How do you feel about that?

We accept hunger and hungry children as the price of capitalism. How do you feel about that?

We ask our churches and our most devoutly religious citizens to feed the hungry while we claim that government is evil. How do you feel about that?

We create and encourage food scarcity and hunger, and then ask the women and men in law enforcement to deal with the consequences. How do you feel about that?

We believe that the worst effects of capitalism are reserved for the poor and the best effects of socialism are for the rich. How do you feel about that?

We believe that homeless people are subhuman animals who deserve sickness, hunger, and an early grave. How do you feel about that?

We can watch lines of poor Hispanics and blacks begging for food, but we cannot watch lines of hungry whites, of blue-eyed young children with shining blonde hair. How do you feel about that?

We consider it a fact of life when billionaires lose, then make back, billions in the stock market. We consider it a plain fact of life when non-billionaires people lose their jobs and homes, and never get them back. How do you feel about that?

We believe that it is okay for the rich to get richer and for the poor to get poorer. How do you feel about that?

Jesus Christ, Mohammed the Prophet, and the Buddha lived in poverty and succored the poor. How do you feel about that?

Revolution comes from the pit of an empty stomach and the barrel of a gun. How do you feel about that?

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32 thoughts on “Where’s the beef?”

    1. While I agree with you, I’m always amazed that christians are assumed to have the moral high ground

      1. perhaps if those christians more universally demonstrated the moral high ground they were assumed to have we would not be having this discussion

        1. The problem is they can’t, they are human like the rest of us. Having an imaginary friend isn’t going to change anything.

    2. Too many “Christians” like to pick and choose text from the Old Testament that suits their purpose but then ignore the lessons that their namesake, Christ, offered in the New Testament

  1. We’ve solved the production problem. How do we solve the distribution problem?

  2. When people whose very ideology is that government is bad, are running the government, the result is bad government.
    And then those same people point fingers at the result of their own ineptitude and proclaim, “SEE?!? Government is BAD!!!”

  3. Good questions. The growing gulf between the rich and the poor almost inevitably leads to revolution. Let’s start by rewriting current laws and practices that overwhelmingly reward the rich. And let’s finish with bike rides for everyone!

  4. I feel that America is better than this. But she keeps showing me differently. We elect horrible people that do horrible things and then we’re surprised by that.

    I’m doing better in my own sphere. We need to that as often as we can. And hope that others will become helpers.

    Thanks Seth.

  5. We will continue to see hunger as long as the two political parties, banks, and the military-industrial-educational-media complex control well over half of our economy and all of the decision making.

    1. I used to keep a giant sized stuffed tiger in my front window but my wife made me
      remove it when hot women started knocking at our door…

  6. “We allow three U.S. citizens to own more wealth than 150,000,000 Americans combined. How do you feel about that?”

    That’s like saying we allow citizens to grow strawberries in their backyard. It’s not up to us.

    That’s like saying we allow citizens to be gay. It’s not up to us.

    Unless we can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that their wealth was ill gotten, it’s not up to us.

    One of those three is Jeff Bezos. The guy who had this vision – and much more (who knew?) – to sell books on the internet. The guy who for years didn’t think it was important to earn a profit. People laughed at him. Now who’s laughing? We ALLOW him to own HIS wealth? He fuggin earned it. It’s not up to us to allow it.

    1. You speak for everyone who believes that limitless wealth can and should exist with limitless poverty.

      1. It’s not a zero sum game. As Bezos’ wealth increases, even now, society benefits.

        1. All the homeless and hungry are benefiting from Bezos, they just don’t know it. Or rather, he isn’t rich enough for them to benefit yet. If he can just be allowed to make more by paying people less, they will. Is that it? Or is it that when you say “society” you mean “everyone except those who don’t benefit”?

          I said nothing about zero sum, by the way. I said that you are a succinct exponent for those who believe that limitless wealth can and should exist with limitless poverty.

          1. I don’t believe wealth and poverty are connected as you seem to think they are. That’s why I said it’s not a zero sum game. If it were a zero sum game then more wealth for one would mean less wealth, or more poverty, for another, as you seem to assume is the case. But perhaps I’m misunderstanding. If you agree they’re not connected then what’s the point of talking about disallowing limitless wealth to address limitless poverty?

            1. You are a succinct exponent for those who believe that limitless wealth can and should exist with limitless poverty.

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