It may seems like gloating to say “How the mighty have fallen,” but in saying that I am referring to those American elitists who talk of American exceptionalism and not so long ago seemed to believe their nation was invincible and on an unstoppable march to total world domination. It was obvious to outsiders then that the USA was rapidly falling apart, but many Americans of all races, religions and political persuasions made themselves blind to the distress signals.
I have many American friends online and genuinely feel for them, and I feel for the poor people now suffering because of the incompetence and vanity of a man who was elected to the highest office when he had no qualifications for the job and the only thing that commended him to those whose votes elected him was the colour of his skin. The are also suffereing for the incompetence and arrogance of Obama’s predecessors because it has taken more than one Presidency to bring the mighty USA down to the level of a third world banana republic.
One would think a nation as obsessed with religion as the USA would be aware of the bible’s warnings against self righteousness. It can only land you in the shit.
Obama Administration Cuts Food Stamps Allocation For Millions Of Americans
“Food assistance benefits for over 45 million Americans will be slashed starting this Friday, in the first-ever nationwide reduction in benefits under the US governments Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps.
The cuts total $11 billion over the next three years and amount on average to a months worth of food assistance. They will mean yet more privation for millions of working people, including the poorest and most vulnerable members of societychildren, elderly people, the unemployed, the disabled and new mothers.
That this brutal cut takes place under conditions of continuing mass unemployment and economic slump, with record numbers of people living in poverty and homelessness and hunger on the rise, testifies to the ruthlessness of the American ruling class. The callous indifference of the media and the entire political establishment, beginning with the Obama White House, to the suffering of broad layers of the population is reflected in their virtual silence on the imminent cutback in benefits.
With the cuts due to take effect this coming Friday (November 1) there is already talk of civil unrest arising from the Obama administration’s action.
The CEO of the largest food bank in America has suggested that planned cuts in food stamp benefits set to take effect on Friday could spark riots.
Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, told Salon.com that the expiration of stimulus funds, which will see the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduced by $5 billion dollars, will have an immediate impact and represent a recipe for civil unrest.
If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food, said Purvis, adding that families face the daunting prospect of losing a whole weeks worth of food every month.
The poor are not cheering Mr. Hopey Changey Man now are they. Well some of us did try to warn in 2008, “He’s not The Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”