February 22, 2006

So, Does This Mean the Bush Economy Isn't a Disaster?

I have difficulty believing that 1 in 12 American's goes hungry without food from soup kitchens:

To combat hunger, more in US turn to soup kitchens

As the economy has steadily grown over the past four years, so too has the number of Americans going hungry. America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest charitable food distribution network, is now providing help to more than 25 million people, an 8 percent increase over 2001, the last time the organization did a major survey of its more than 200 food banks in all 50 states.

Simple math folks. That's all it takes to spot nonsense these days. But imagine how bad things would be if the economy were as bad as Paul Krugman keeps telling us it is.

Incidentally, these numbers also mean that on average, each America's Second Harvest food bank is feeding 125,000 people. I think it is a great and noble thing the folks at America's Second Harvest are doing to help people out, but please, but wild, unsustainable claims do not help their cause.

Posted by Charles Austin at February 22, 2006 10:58 PM

Did they count repeat soup kitchen clients as new visitors? That's the only way I can think of to account for these numbers.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 07:19 PM

What is so hard to understand? The USDA says that in 2005 38 million Americans live in households that do not know how they are going to get their next meal. That Second Harvest Food Bank provides meals for 25 million of them is not surprising.

Posted by: ken at 09:19 PM

Well, I don't think there's anything here I don't understand. There are however, things I do not believe to be true. So, the USDA says 1 in 8 Americans doesn't know where their next meal is coming from. Bullshit. Another thing I was noting was the logistical nonsense implied by the phrasing here. But what's the point of trying to explain further? It's Bush's fault.

Posted by: charles austin at 09:38 PM