The Real Hunger Games

Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games is a book and movie that depict life in a dystopian North America.  The movie was a huge hit at the box office.  The life of the Everdeen family portrayed in The Hunger Games may not be so far away from reality:

Olivia Solis asks herself the same two questions every morning: “How’s rent going to be paid? What meal are we going to make with what food we do have?”

The linked article is concerned that hungry people are less productive since they have to worry more about food, clothing, and shelter (DUH!).  But don’t you worry, Big Government has the solutions:

Spending for the food-stamp program reached a record $78.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30…

Well, at least it seemed like it did.  You see, those evil Republicans in the House are cutting spending and it is hurting the poor:

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children…received almost $500 million less in funding in the fiscal year ended in September.

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Meanwhile, federally funded extended unemployment insurance benefits are set to expire at the end of this year, which means more than 2 million unemployed workers will lose aid by the end of March 2014, according to a report from the National Employment Law Project.

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Housing subsidies for low-income families have also been on the chopping block. Sequestration reduced Housing Choice Voucher program funding by $938 million in 2013, including an $854 million cut in appropriations for rental assistance programs.

You need to realize that all of those cuts were made in order to inflict as much pain as possible on the citizens of the United States so that they will beg the Federal Government to save them.  This is the Chicago playbook writ large.  And it is working exactly as intended.

The other part of this story is that in addition to these budget cuts, Inflation is Raging.  The erosion of purchasing power is forcing families to pay more for basic necessities like food, fuel, and shelter.  Unfortunately, government economists conveniently remove these items from their measures of inflation.  Look the CPI is -0.1%!!!  Prices are falling, you ninnies!!!  You’re better off, not worse off!!!

The hard truth is that the government can’t stop the coming implosion of the economy.  These problems have been caused by government intervention into all aspects of the economy: the auto industry, the insurance industry, the health care industry just to name three.  The wanton destruction of the dollar , outsourcing of manufacturing and other jobs, the current destruction of the health care system…all were caused or implicity approved by the actions of 536+ imbeciles in Washington, D.C.

We are past the point of rescue.  The coming failures of the Federal government, the Federal Reserve system, and the dollar may make The Hunger Games look like Winnie the Pooh

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Categories: Borrowing, Debt, Depression, Government Shenanigans, Unemployment

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