Taking politics out of the equation, do you believe that the United States could support and fund a program ensuring access to three healthy meals a day for every person in the U.S.? This isn't about "should" but only "could."
It would be communism if we did this shit.
It's easy to think "we have stuff over here and people that need stuff over there so let's just bring them together." But that's not how things work. Subsidizing the poor (just like anything else) leads to a surplus, as the war on welfare has shown.
*war on poverty
Yes, it could. It would need some shuffling of funds, to be sure, and just how to go about doing this is a different discussion, but yes, it could be done.
Everyone gets a certain portion right? please? limit my portions please
I HAVE NO WILLPOWER!!!!
Only in America are there poor fat people. Every other countries poor are skinny and malnourished. Obviously we don't have a problem feeding the poor.
Are you serious?
Yes. It's a huge (pun intended) problem. We have a very strange society where the rich eat healthy low fat food and are in shape. But the poor have lots of low quality calories. Obese children in poverty are common. I just saw an NPR piece about this
Oh, okay. I'm on board now. I thought you were suggesting that hunger wasn't an issue here.
I believe so. I saw something last night about the waste of food on tv bec of the ridiculous standards for food's look and how much goes straight from the farm to the landfill even though it's 100% edible. Really messed up.
Of course we can't. We can't even support the programs we have now.
I love the smell of debt & default in the morning.
We could, I estimate it would cost about $32 billion per year.
How did you arrive at that little number?
Just an estimate. About 17 million Americans are food insecure or somewhat malnourished, times $5 dollars per 3 meals times 365. It could cost more depending on how many households it's given to.
Read the question again. Talked about the whole US population not just a few.
Much more than that for every American. If others get 3 free meals I want mine too.
It's possible in a utopia like a hippie commune of 320 millions hipsters! They'll live on peace and love! Peace out Dude!
That is,a lot of money to feed every person in the US 3 meals everyday. And if all people are being fed for free how are we paying for the food and the workforce to do that.
Soylent green food.
It was a movie where people were killed in the future and turned into a nutritional pill.
I keep meaning to see that because I'm not sure if I saw that
Of course we could. We could redirect all the secret black budget money into taking care of people instead of the military.
The F-35 program alone could have funded that for a few years lol
An F-35 costs $98-104 Million depending on the model... We bought thousands.
I think that if we cut wasteful spending and stopped some of the dumb research projects we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on, we could definitely do it.
Of course. The amount of food that we as a country throw away is obscene. We should pass a law similar to the one France just adopted which makes it illegal for supermarkets to throw away edible food.
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320 million times three time $5 time 365 = NO!
It's only 350,000,000. Remember it's could not should.
Well, actually it's $1,750,000,000,000.
That's what I got. 1.75 10 to the 12th
Rons breaking out dat scientific notations!!
It's the calculator! Neat huh?
Instead they take it for military R&D, over priced politicians, research grants that are garbage, foreign aid, etc... Which would you rather have if you could choose?
None of those except military R+D.
But Nema you eat on the cuff too.
Yes, that could be done.
How much will it cost.
A lot less than it's costing to run medicaid programs for undernourished people and a whole lot less that we spend on "defense" and foreign aid. What do you think?
I completely agree.
What's a "whole lot less" and how are you coming to this figure?
And what is "defense?" You think our military does nothing?
You still have to run a medicaid program on top of that. how much will it cost to feed 320 million X 3 X 365 X $ = ?
It did say feed all americas three squares.
It said ensuring access. Meaning that if people wanted it. I didn't say that it would be a total replacement for all.
So another few hundred billion annually. No thanks.
The question was "could." The answer is, yes. Should is another question and so is cost. There's no way to know the cost. Also, there are charities that do this type of work. I don't support higher taxes but a more efficient use or even reduction in
The taxes we do pay and having them go for things that matter to this country instead of to everyone else seems like a good approach.
Exactly!!! It's a could question. Not a should question. Sheesh.
If it's could be done to feed the US population how much do you think it will cost the taxpayer??
That would take research Rons. Not everyone needs assistance and not everyone wants it.
Just responding to the question.
Take 320 mil people times 3 meals times 365 days time about $5 a meal. I get 1.75 trillion.
The question said feed the US population.
In the spirit of sarcasm, that's completely possible to do.
Lol! What the heck is a few trillions among friends.
Nice comeback. :)