Things have gone from bad to worse. Worse is going to worst.
Trump either cannot see or does not care what the effects of his governing wrought. Ability to purchase food for example is getting beyond the capabilities of many of Americans. It will continue to get bad. Minimal temporary relief will be available when the new stimulus package finally becomes law. Then what?
My intent is to zero on one issue in this blog: A food shortage. Basically beginning with where we are, how the problem will develop, and finish by joining the problem with Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
Ryan Cooper wrote an article on the issue in the 8/14/20 edition of The Week titled: Are Bread Riots Coming To America? I shall be sharing paraphrased parts of the article in combination with my thoughts.
The new stimulus package is desperately needed. With the House and Senate home campaigning, nothing may happen till September. Trump does not seem to care whether it ever becomes law. He eats every day and has a roof over his head.
More people with fewer dollars will be the picture this month. The stimulus dollars have stopped till a new bill becomes law. Such means more will be without sufficient funds to feed their families.
The present recession is moving rapidly to becoming greater than the Great Depression.
So many need the stimulus benefits. In addition to Washington not resolving the problem, state bureaucracies are so swamped they are not processing unemployment benefits timely at their end.
A double whammy to many who need governmental funds to survive.
Does the present situation lend itself to food protests and riots? Soon. Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C. and New York City will look like kid stuff.
Many people are down to their last dollar or flat broke, facing eviction or living on the streets, unable to afford vital prescriptions and food.
Many cupboards are already bare, children eating neither frequently nor properly.
The U.S. is at the tip of the iceberg. Ready to topple.
Millions were left out of the initial CARES Act rescue.
With the new stimulus bill sitting in limbo, the numbers are chilling. Twelve percent of households are regularly short of food, 21 percent of renters behind in payments, 28 percent of children living in households with one or the other problem.
The longer it takes to get the new stimulus package out, the worse it will get.
What happens when the new stimulus runs out? Will there be another? Or will Trump and a number of Republican Senators renew their I don’t care attitudes.
The situation will quickly develop into one where the government has the monies to help, can’t agree on how much, etc. and nothing gets done.
Initially there will be food available at the farms and in meat packing houses. No way will be available to get the food to market, however. Super market shelves will go bare. Because people will not be able to be payed and/or people will not have money to make purchases, the farmers will stop farming, the meat packing houses close, and the super markets go out of business. The whole system will die.
Greece of 10 years ago all over again.
Which brings to mind the French Revolution which began in 1789. A starving people rose up in fury and overthrew the government.
Charles Dickens in A Tale Of two Cities described the situation well. One which could occur here.
Legend has it that when Marie Antoinette was told the poor had no bread, she responded: “Let them eat cake.”
She did not care. Her comment was an invitation to revolt. The people did. She lost her head.
Trump does not care for the people, his people. It would be typical of Trump to say something like let them eat bread.
Trump would not lose his head. He would lose the election, however. Typical. He has been a consistent loser.
If Trump were to lose the election and refuse to leave the White, such would be the last straw. People would storm the White House as the French did the Bastille.
Enjoy your day!