Wow, is this situation really that much about YOU? I think you should probably take your own advice on your "wise consumer decisions." Nobody really cares what you do, you aren't the center of the world, and as long as you remain stuck in that reactionary little world of yours, you are not going to have any positive impact in this world. Whether it involves trying to stimulate a chaotic system that has nothing to do with providing for people's needs, or it involves voting for a job outsourcer and a parasite as president. The center of the problem is capitalism. Look at how the economic decisions are made. There is a giant load of debt due to the inability of capitalism to PROVIDE for people, or to recover from it's actions. As a result, politicians get in the bed with the shadow banks and borrow money at interest, because leaving it to the capitalists only won't help them get votes from the workers. Now, this debt is coming back to haunt us. What now? You need to take a stance. Are you with the ruling class, or are you against it? Words aren't "left up to interpretation." Words have meanings. With that logic, people should be writing their own dictionaries. Again, you are demonstrating your reactionary politics. It's a basic fact of nature that economic systems DETERMINE people's survival and their decisions, not that other way around. Such intoxicating and delusional idealism serves only to confuse yourself, and the rest of the people that answer your questions. Telling people that it's up to the "individual" and that starvation and poverty is a way of life, doesn't carry us any further. I don't think you realize what this country is in for. Americans dont starve because they live off of the backs of other countries (who starve in order to provide Americans with goods), while also maintaining a lot of debt trying to "feed the poor children in America" and what not. Not only that, but 7 million people died during the Great Depression, mostly due to the affects of losing their investments and not having enough food to eat, while simultaneously not living in a home. It also, takes ALOT of malnutrition in order to starve. So it's not like America is some giant bread basket that continuously feeds its people. There are quite a few people in America that are what many call food insecure. That could just as easily happen in the United States when China's growth begins to slow down, the Euro collapses, leading to further economic decline. The credit rating agencies will see this economic decline, and they will downgrade the credit and so forth. After that, new shock doctrines will have to be put in place in order to continue "business as usual." People won't like that. And people didn't starve in hunter gather societies, which have existed for 99% of human existence. Your "established fact" is nothing but a farse that falls flat on its head when people begin to actually examine how human life is.