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USA is feudal country: 50 million went hungry last year and CEO pay all time high

A record one in six American families went hungry last year because they did not have enough food, a shock survey has revealed. Some 17.4 million U.S. households - 50 million people - were classified as 'food insecure' which meant they regularly skipped meals even if they wanted to eat. Others went for entire days without eating and handed round smaller portion sizes to make their meagre offerings suffice. ---- news comes as revealed top U.S. executives saw pay and bonuses shoot up last year [despite] worst recession for 80 years [caused by their bad money management]. ---- acutely embarrassing for the United States, world's richest nation and last remaining superpower. They also shine a light on the vast numbers of hard working Americans who have lost their jobs in the recession and for the first time are having to rely on the state to make ends meet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture study shows that in 2009, almost 50 million people, including 17 million children, were 'food insecure'. This marked a slight INCREASE from the previous year when 17.1 million families had difficulty putting meals on the table. Those in this category usually went hungry, could not afford a balanced meal and cut their portion sizes on the occasions they did have food. ---- Now one in five of all Americans were signed up to one kind of federal food-assistance programmes including food stamps which attracted 34 million participants.
America starves as executive pay rockets: 50 MILLION people go hungry while Wall Street fatcats take home millions

By Daniel Bates
Last updated at 6:12 PM on 16th November 2010

A record one in six American families went hungry last year because they did not have enough food, a shock survey has revealed.

Some 17.4million U.S. households - 50 million people - were classified as 'food insecure' which meant they regularly skipped meals even if they wanted to eat.

Others went for entire days without eating and handed round smaller portion sizes to make their meagre offerings suffice.

The news comes as it is revealed that top U.S. executives saw their pay and bonuses shoot up last year in the face of the worst recession for 80 years.

A homeless man roots through a rubbish bin in New York looking for something to eat

The highest paid bosses received an average of $1.6million (1million) as a bonus on top of their basic remuneration, an increase of 11 per cent.

Salaries rose by just 3 per cent but that still meant the typical executive took home $7.2million (4.4million).

The dietary figures are the highest since 1995 when the first national food security survey was conducted and will be acutely embarrassing for the United States, the world's richest nation and the last remaining superpower.

They also shine a light on the vast numbers of hard working Americans who have lost their jobs in the recession and for the first time are having to rely on the state to make ends meet.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture study shows that in 2009, almost 50 million people, including 17 million children, were 'food insecure'.

This marked a slight increase from the previous year when 17.1 million families had difficulty putting meals on the table.

Those in this category usually went hungry, could not afford a balanced meal and cut their portion sizes on the occasions they did have food.
As millions of Americans wonder where their next meal is coming from executives on Wall Street are enjoying bumper bonuses

A protester outside Goldman Sachs headquarters building in the financial district of New York

The situation was more grave for those classed as 'very food insecure', some 5.7 per cent of households, or 6.8 million people including 1 million children.

Those in this category regularly skipped meals even though they were hungry, regularly went whole days without eating and lost weight because they did not have enough food.

The knock-on effect was that more and more Americans have begun turning to government food schemes to feed themselves, the study found.

Now one in five of all Americans were signed up to one kind of federal food-assistance programmes including food stamps which attracted 34million participants.

Well paid: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison banked $68.6 million (42.6 million)

Well paid: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison banked $68.6 million (42.6 million) last year

'This extended recession has placed people in circumstances where they need to rely on programmes like this,' said Mark Nord, a researcher with the USDA's Economic Research Service and the lead author of the report.

Meanwhile, top U.S. executives saw their pay and bonuses shoot up last year in the face of the worst recession for 80 years.

The highest paid bosses received an average of $1.6 million (1 million) as a bonus on top of their basic remuneration, an increase of 11 per cent.

Salaries rose by just 3 per cent but that still meant the typical executive took home $7.2 million (4.4 million).

In some cases boards actually lowered the bar for what bosses needed to do to qualify for the extra money, Hay Group said.

The highest earning chief executive was Gregory Maffei, head of Liberty Media Group, which runs a string of US TV channels, who took home $87.1 million last year (54 million), four times what he earned in 2008.

Second was [CIA-made] Lawrence Ellison, boss of computing giant Oracle who was paid $68.6 million (42.6 million) including $61.9 million (38.4 million) in stock options.

Last year's top earner was Ray Irani, head of Occidental Petroleum [long time Al Gore family oil money corp that worked with USSR] who came in at No.3 on the latest survey with remuneration of $52.2 million (32.4 million).

Earlier this year in a rare shareholder revolt, the oil firm greed to slash his maximum compensation by three-quarters.

Elsewhere on the list, designer Ralph Lauren took ninth place with a bonus-fuelled $27 million (16.7 million).

The prospect of swelling pay packets at the top are likely to enrage millions of Americans who are struggling to find a job or facing losing their home because they are unable to meet mortgage payments.

The anger will be compounded by the fact that, whilst few of the companies on the list took any of the billions the U.S. government spent in bailout money, all benefited from the stability that it created.

The Hay/Wall St Journal figures examined chief executive pay from 456 U. S. companies with revenue of at least $4 billion in their most recent fiscal year.

Total direct compensation included salary, bonuses and the awarded value of stock, options and other long-term incentives.


Read more:  link to www.dailymail.co.uk

Language destruction (loss of all meaning) 19.Nov.2010 06:33

Mike Novack

A description of bad conditions, conditions to be deplored, yes.

But why use the word "feudal" to describe? Yes, most of us reading stuff on Indymedia consider "feudalism" a very bad system and most of us reading stuff on Indymedia consider the conditions described indicating a very bad system. But unless you include evidence that of a PARTICULAR sort of bad system your logic if a akin to "a cat is a mammal; a dog is a mmamal; therefore a cat is a dog".

Otherwise you are using the term "feudal" deprived of all meaning except "something of which I do not approve".

Racial Segregation 19.Nov.2010 10:25

Lloyd Hart dadapop@dadapop.com

Proves a feudal system. Majority of prison population Black and Latino proves a feudal system. Electronic Jim Crow proves a feudal system. 700 hundred billion dollar defense budget proves a feudal system. Cracker Jack Healthcare proves a feudal system. Senators voting down equal pay proves a feudal system. Americans going hungry proves a feudal system. Black listing activists proves a feudal system. Putting activists before a grand jury on trumped up and intimidated evidence proves a feudal system. You will eat, drink and breath pollution everyday and like it, proves a feudal system. The Invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan proves a feudal system.

America was stolen from the Native indigenous population through the use of genocide and created by feudal lords who's only incentive to rebel against the english crown was to keep owning slaves. This system more or less is still intact.

Just because your bamboozaled by American propaganda Mike doesn't mean your not a feudal slave.

Laughable Stupidity 19.Nov.2010 13:54

monique abu jamal

Lloyd sure has those stupid progressive talking points down pat. It must suck to be such an ignorant, hate filled sack of shit. The majority of black and latino prisoners proves that blacks and latinos are committing the majority of the crimes you dumb fuck. I realize that you don't have the intelligence to understand that, but truth will set you free. Of course a race obsessed moron like hart will deny, deny, deny the truth. The rest of your post is unadulterated BULLSHIT.

This is serious 19.Nov.2010 14:33

julia

Llyod, where have you been? Great points, except one big one missing: the continued violence done by men to women (battery every 18 seconds, men rape 480 women per day) in the US alone is
worse than feudal. It is genocide, yet we just accept it as normal male behavior and think there's nothing we can do about it.

None of us are free until all of us are free.

how can anyone defend the US elites now? 19.Nov.2010 16:57

poster

Cultural Dictionary
feudalism [( fyoohd -l-iz-uhm)]

A system of obligations that bound lords and their subjects in Europe during much of the Middle Ages. In theory, the king owned all or most of the land and gave it to his leading nobles in return for their loyalty and military service. The nobles in turn held land that peasants, including serfs, were allowed to farm in return for the peasants' labor and a portion of their produce. Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society. ( See fief and vassal.)

Note : Today, the word feudal is sometimes used as a general term for a set of social relationships that seems unprogressive or out of step with modern society.

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more American feudalism of the military elites ruling, insider trading off political positions unpunished, and everyone else without meritocratic advance and stuck in poverty or starving, increasingly without free rights of travel (another part of serfdom in most places):


12 Facts That Will Blow Your Mind - Federal Employees And Members Of Congress Are Getting Rich While Those Of Us Who Pay Their Salaries Suffer

Do you remember the days when getting elected to Congress or choosing to work for the government was referred to as "public service"? The idea was that you would be making a sacrifice for the greater good of the country. Well, those days are long gone. Today, getting elected to Congress or working for the federal government is a good way to get rich.

Median household income in the United States fell from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009, and yet the personal wealth of members of Congress and the salaries of federal workers (especially at the higher levels) continue to explode.

A lot of corrupt politicians and federal fat cats are raking in stunning amounts of cash, and we are the ones paying the bill. There is certainly nothing wrong with making a lot of money, but does it seem right that so many of our "public servants" are getting filthy rich while so many of the rest of us are barely getting by?

Posted below are 12 facts that will blow your mind.


Most Americans have no idea just how obscenely wealthy many members of Congress are, and most Americans are totally clueless about how cushy some of these U.S. government jobs are. If there is one place in America where the good times are still rolling (other than Wall Street), it would have to be Washington D.C.

Members of Congress and employees of the government are supposed to work for us. We are the ones who pay their salaries. But today, they are the ones "living the dream" while most of the rest of us scramble just to survive from month to month....



#1 According to an article in the Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's net worth soared from $13.7 million in 2008 to $21.7 million in 2009.



#2 In 2005, 7420 federal workers were making $150,000 or more per year. In 2010, a whopping 82,034 federal workers are making $150,000 or more per year. That is more than a tenfold increase in just five years.



#3 More than half of the members of the U.S. Congress are millionaires.



#4 The total compensation that the U.S. government workforce is going to take in this year is approximately 447 billion dollars.



#5 Today, all members of Congress earn at least $175,000. This is far, far more than the average American makes.



#6 60 percent of the federal government workforce is represented by labor unions. [while no one else is really covered at all; protection only for the governmental elites and few others]



#7 The median wealth of a U.S. Senator in 2009 was 2.38 million dollars.



#8 In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense had just nine civilians earning $170,000 or more. When Barack Obama took office, the U.S. Department of Defense had 214 civilians earning $170,000 or more. In June 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense had 994 civilians earning $170,000 or more.



#9 Insider trading is perfectly legal for members of the U.S. Congress - and they refuse to pass a law that would change that. [feudal]



#10 According to a recent study conducted by the Heritage Foundation, federal workers earn 30 to 40 percent more money on average than their counterparts in the private sector.



#11 When you factor in such things as retirement and health care benefits, the compensation gap between federal workers and private sector employees gets even larger. Just consider the following quote from the Heritage Foundation study mentioned above....

"Including non-cash benefits adds to this disparity. The average private-sector employer pays $9,882 per employee in annual benefits, while the federal government pays an average of $32,115 per employee."

#12 The personal wealth of members of the U.S. Congress collectively increased by more than 16 percent from 2008 to 2009.

So can the U.S. government continue to afford to shell out nearly half a trillion dollars to federal employees every single year?

Of course not.

The truth is that the U.S. government is flat broke and yet most of our politicians still seem extremely resistant to consider anything that would even slow down the wild spending that has been going on.

.... [of course the 'moral' of the story according to the person who assembled it is to move toward MORE feudal relations by privatizing everything, thus Exibit B, that a feudal society can only see more feudalism as the alternative instead of more representative democratic, regional, representation...]

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 link to theeconomiccollapseblog.com


And all smallfry paid trolls that defend the US government at this stage are feudalist vassals.

How can anyone defend the United States elites now after all the crimes they have done to the original Constitutional form, setting up a martial federal system, and setting up an unelected feudal Federal Reserve on top of that that is a bunch of international fatcats pulling the strings.

Monique on Death Row 19.Nov.2010 17:12

julia

Monique,
If you can read this I'm sure you can read about the Prison Industry and the Prison Abolition movement. I assume that folks reading IMC want to educate themselves, are open to ideas and do not blast people with agressive words.

Actually Monique 19.Nov.2010 19:29

Lloyd Hart dadapop@dadapop.com

White people commit most of the crime in America. You can look it up like I do. So the assumption you've made about Blacks and Latinos is actually called racial profiling.

Wrong logic (bad "proof") 20.Nov.2010 04:34

Mike Novack

Lloyd -- you have just argued:

a) a dog has four legs
b) a cat has four legs
c) a dog is covered in fur
d) a cat is covered in fur

Therefore, a dog is a cat

To list a number of bad things about our current oppressive system which might be the same as in a feudal system does NOT make a case that our current oppressive system is feudalism. I am NOT saying that our current systems isn't bad, oppressive, etc. etc. Just that it isn't the same sort of system that a feudal system is. There are LOTS of bad, oppressive forms of social organization.

More Amusing Stupidity 20.Nov.2010 07:08

monique abu jamal

Well now Lloyd, I don't know where you "researched" your stats, but any internet search on crime statistics by race does not support your comment. The incidence of non violent crime by whites is higher, but hell since even an arrest of progressive whites at protests is counted in this stat and inflates it artificially, it doesn't mean much. Truth isn't racial profiling, but I appreciate your effort to derail truth with another progressive talking point. You are a progressive shill just repeating lies. When 12 percent of the population even comes close to committing as many crimes as 79 percent of the population you have to be willfully ignorant to maintain your erroneous position. Do some research that is not influenced by your white guilt and get a clue.

language discussion 20.Nov.2010 09:51

Shaker

Ok, now that we've used language like club, it hardly proves anything but that the individual who posted this used the wrong adjective (An opinion, by the way; implications relating to this type, 'feudal', are somewhat relative and require specific instances in which it varies from personal interpretive definition, which no one here who objects to the adjective has provided. ) to describe thier point. Get it, you all? Is this English class, or do you require logic with some scientific-like rigor? Have you been hoodwinked by the belief that some 'correctness' based upon 'logic' is any more valid than any other? Is your life so busy that you can't ferret out the gist of this? Language IS NOT something that is as specific as one might think, hardly numbers or discrete objects upon which all can agree. If this is all that one can get from this article, why bother posting a comment?

OK. Here's a dictionary definition:

Main Entry:feudalism
Pronunciation:*fy*-d*l-*i-z*m
Function:noun
Date:circa 1818

1 : the system of political organization prevailing in Europe from the 9th to about the 15th centuries having as its basis the relation of lord to vassal with all land held in fee and as chief characteristics homage, the service of tenants under arms and in court, wardship, and forfeiture
2 : any of various political or social systems similar to medieval feudalism
-feudalist \-d*l-ist\ noun
-feudalistic \*fy*-d*l-*is-tik\ adjective

(Thank you, Merrian-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 2001)

Now, I would like anyone to post a comment telling us why the adjective is incorrect.

Feudal systems had many forms and nuances that are all covered by the above definition. Do you correct when someone uses the word 'capitalist' to describe the present economic system in the US? One should, really, if one chooses its dictionary definition. We've something modified by circumstance that may seem similar enough to definition that its use is valid. I'll grant that the poster of this article doesn't specifically address why they use the word that they do, but with a bit of thought I can understand (whether I agree or disagree with the usage) its use.

how can anyone defend the US elites now? 20.Nov.2010 17:44

poster

To those who still dare to defend the US as it is now, here's Chomsky quote from Chronicles of Dissent:

"Our [American] system works much different and much more effectively [than the Communist System]. It's a privatized system of propaganda, including the media, journals of opinion and in general including the broad participation of the articulate intelligensia, the educated part of the population. The more articulate element of these groups, the ones who have access to the media, including the intellectual journals, and who essentially control the educational apparatus, should properly be referred to as a class of 'commisars.' That's their essential function: to design, propagate and create a system of doctrines and beliefs which will undermine independent thought and prevent understanding and analysis of institutional structures and their functions."

Cultural Dictionary
feudalism [( fyoohd -l-iz-uhm)]

A system of obligations that bound lords and their subjects in Europe during much of the Middle Ages. In theory, the king owned all or most of the land and gave it to his leading nobles [corporations, and the militarized intellgence services of war] in return for their loyalty and military service. The nobles in turn held land that peasants, including serfs, were allowed to farm in return for the peasants' labor and a portion of their produce. Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society. ( See fief and vassal.)

Note : Today, the word feudal is sometimes used as a general term for a set of social relationships that seems unprogressive or out of step with modern society.

With half the U.S. budget going toward the military vassals of the USA and its bases of serf military worldwide and their fiefdom's of private military contracts as above the law, what's the difference between a massive privatized military consolidation worldwide--organized by the federal executive government (with all its 'czars') with increasing lack of legislative input--and older forms of aristocratic privatization called feudalism?