We know Barack Obama’s policies undermined and destroyed the recovery that was underway in early 2010. But sometimes it can be easy to forget that there are real people behind these higher unemployment numbers. The Boston Globe is now reporting that Boston Medical Center reports seeing more very hungry children now than they ever have in the past decade (emphasis mine):
Doctors at a major Boston hospital report they are seeing more hungry and dangerously thin young children in the emergency room than at any time in more than a decade of surveying families.
Many families are unable to afford enough healthy food to feed their children, say the Boston Medical Center doctors. The resulting chronic hunger threatens to leave scores of infants and toddlers with lasting learning and developmental problems.
Before the economy soured in 2007, 12 percent of youngsters age 3 and under whose families were randomly surveyed in the hospital’s emergency department were significantly underweight. In 2010, that percentage jumped to 18 percent, and the tide does not appear to be abating, said Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics and public health at BMC.
“Food is costing more, and dollars don’t stretch as far,’’ Sandel said. “It’s hard to maintain a diet that is healthy.’’
The emergency room survey found a similarly striking increase in the percentage of families with children who reported they did not have enough food each month, from 18 percent in 2007 to 28 percent in 2010.
The Boston Globe report says that hospitals in other large cities are seeing similar increases in malnourished children, but Boston has been the worst so far.
How can this be with Barack Obama’s transformative government policies? Then Candidate Obama made some very serious promises to the American people. In particular, these comments from June 2008 are some of the most memorable:
Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.
Now that we’ve lived under three years of an Obama presidency, those words are even more shockingly offensive than they were when he first said them. We’ve not seen the rise of the oceans slow or our planet heal. Rather we’re seeing more child hunger and joblessness. And Barack Obama still blames George W. Bush. Disgraceful.
And this news of a significant uptick of child hunger makes Michelle Obama’s cause of fighting childhood obesity look unnecessary in a very cruel way.