posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 04:02 PM
Ok, have not posted here in a while but this story caught my eye as it strikes very close to home. Apologies in advance for the length but as I have
said before, if you want to say something then take the time to spell it out, and not leave people wondering what you really meant to say.
I deal very closely with welfare and food banks etc. in the western US. And while all the programs people talk about here are available most of the
time, there are those that can't or will not take advantage of them. However like many have pointed out this is usually (I think 100%) the fault of
the parent being too lazy or too proud to ask for assistance. As pointed out the kids in this video were far from starving. The children I see daily
at the food banks and homeless shelters, while not as bad as the ones you see in truly abject conditions, are a far sight worse. These kids were not
starving, but this does not change the fact that there are indeed children in the US that are. Once again I believe it is 100% the fault of the
parents not getting the assistance that is available to them.
As many have said the mother ate the rat, not the girl. And in many countries rats are actually raised as a staple food. It is not the rat itself
that is dirty and disgusting, but the conditions it lives in. Like sewer rats, compared to a field rat. So eating a rat is nothing if the rat was
not disease ridden. I have eaten rat, dog, horse, squirrel, rabbit, deer, squid, octopus, insects, and many other things some people deem "icky."
I have not always liked it, but usually found that the thing I did not like was a matter of preparation. If the food is prepared in manner that you
are used to it is palatable. And if not then you will find it unappealing. So no I do not find eating a rat to be at all odd.
The problem with starving families the world over, including the US, is not that help is unavailable, but that it is run by the government. There is
so much fraud, waste, and abuse in these programs that what help there was to begin with is diluted by the time it reaches the intended recipients.
Instead of looking to the Federal Government (in the US) or whatever national government is referred to in any other country, this is a problem that
needs to be handled at the state or even city level. Translate this into whatever terms fit the country of your choice. When the source is a far
removed entity like the federal government there is no oversight on how the aid is used. There is no local system to ensure a welfare check is not
spent on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, T.V., Internet etc. So it gets abused quite regularly. These unnecessary purchases will vary from country to
country but the fact remains most “Aid Money” is wasted on crap, or never actually reaches the people who need it. It is siphoned off by
corruption and red tape until only pennies remain.
And while I am not an Obama fan and in fact really do not like him as a president much, I could not help but notice the spin this video had of
implying he was to blame for the starving children. In my opinion this was more of a political stab at Obama than anything else. Sensationalize a
topic, and then casually toss his name in there implying it is his fault to further some agenda. Now if it works to ensure a new president come
election day I’ll be glad, but I do not see this problem is in any way Obama’s fault or even that of his administration. It is a fault of the
entire system of having welfare that is a national institution rather than a local affair.