RE: `capitalist' character values

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 22:47:09 MDT

Barbara writes

> Usually undernourished people's immune systems shut down and they die of
> pneumonia, tuberculosis, or some other infectious disease. Tuberculosis is
> becoming quite a problem in Mexico lately and in certain poor areas of the
> U.S.A.

Have any idea how many people each year die from tuberculosis?

> Once they're past the toddler stage, children tend to be fairly robust and
> can survive on a very poor diet, although they may suffer from various
> learning disabilities and other mental and emotional disorders. I know from
> personal observation that some children have only the free breakfast and
> lunch provided by schools, occasionally supplemented by what they're able to
> steal from stores or scrounge from dumpsters.

Well, "malnutrition" doesn't have the rhetorical advantages
of "starvation!". But evidently it's a lot closer to the mark.

(You've been providing some pretty good info... sorry for
pressing my luck:)

Have any idea of how many children in the U.S. are severely
malnourished. Yes, I'm sure that government programs help
out a lot in the sense that many children get their nutrition
from programs. But we must remember that many of these children
would be fed by their parents, if their parents didn't freely
have a government program to take advantage of.

We must also not overlook the fact that the U.S. government was
paying about 20 billion dollars a year to young women to have
children out of wedlock in the sixties, seventies, and eighties.


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