Skip to comments.Seeds of Anger Sown in a Greek Soup Kitchen
Posted on 06/13/2012 6:47:50 AM PDT by Kartographer
The line of people desperate for lunch is an image more from the developing world than the country where Western civilization was founded more than two millennia ago. Yet the 1,200 who waited for bread, rice and vegetable soup at a kitchen visited by CNBC this week are just a fraction of the many hungry people in Athens and the surrounding area, as the noose of austerity tightens around the Greek population. The elderly and sick are fed first. Men get their food next, and there are plenty of scuffles in the line as women and children wait patiently for their turn.
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Holy Cow! Freepers now think that the Depression was simply smoke and mirrors!
Those marathon dances were staged!
That dustbowl was really Nascar races kicking up some dirt!
War hero Audie Murphy didn’t grow up in an abandoned railroad car eating only jelly sandwiches - he was really just a lazy bastard!
John Ford and John Steinbeck made up all that stuff about hungry Okies in California!
So did commie Harper Lee when she wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird”!
“Apple Annie” is just a figure of my fevered imagination! And those guys selling pencils in the street were lazy bastards worse than Audie Murphy!
I want to laugh but I feel like crying.
Most of our homeless population is insane or strung out. Back in the old days they would’ve been placed in an asylum. Your parents must have been lucky or quite successful. Some people will always do well no matter where they land.
My husband’s grandmother never got over the Depression. Her storage room looked like a grocery store. No matter how good things were she was convinced that she could go back to being hungry in a flash.
Not everyone thinks that the Depression didn’t happen. It was a long time ago, memories fade, and public schools don’t seem to be up to the task of teaching american history competently these days.
I have left-wing friends (admittedly, not very bright) who think the moon walk was faked. But I never heard of rightwingers who doubted the Depression. This is a new one on me. (Of course, I know most freepers are incredibly smart and savvy. I was just shocked at some of the comments on this thread.)
The war is what brought us out of the depression, not the government, but Roosevelt started us on the nanny state we have today, exaperated by Johnsons so called War on Poverty.....we lost that war, trillions of dollars and we still have poverty...
His admin. was also full of communists...surprised that the depression lasted as long as it did...
Oh yea, we can thank him for deduction of Income tax before we get our checks...he and his pinko friends counldn't wait for the citizens to send in their taxes...now no one really knows that the taxes they pay take about 5 months of all their income....so we are slaves for those months as all the money we make goes to the government one type or another....tax free days usually happens somewhere in May...
I hear you. I’ve noticed that some of our younger posters simply do not know much about the lives of their parents and grandparents. Life was so different then. My mother always cooked with bacon grease that she saved in a can near the stove. People in those days saved string! They made quilts out of old clothing. Imagine today’s children trying to understand life as it was then. They just can’t, because even today’s poor have luxuries.
I notice you are changing the argument. You wrote nothing about Roosevelt’s policies in your original post. It was all about how smart and tough your family was and blew through the Great Depression like a soft South Seas breeze - while the rest of the poor suckers whined and whinged and went boo-hoo. And that is a complete misreading of history.
I remember bacon grease and saved string from my own youth (I’m a Baby Boomer). I thought my parents were kooks!
Just think of the generations that suffered through WWI, The Great Depression and then WWII! I don’t think I will be as courageous as those fine people...
Agreed. I am so proud of my parents for having served in WWII. So many brave men and women. Imagine living through all of that, or even a part of it. It had to be so frightening to them, but they did what they had to do, and without complaint.
God bless them all.
I loved your comment about dance marathons...you must have see the movie with Jane Fonda and find it reality for a lot of people...
No offense, granny, but you are an idiot if you think I get my information from Jane Fonda films. You didn’t know about dance marathons? Do you ever pick up a history book? I’m ashamed for you.
Poor lady, I don’t know you or care what your opinion of me is....be ashamed all you want if it makes you feel better, but for me this is the last response to your opinion. No offense intended.....
Sorry poster got on your case.
My parents lived in the country, not a town or city. Those in towns or cities during the depression most likely had it worse than those in the country.
All my parents’ food was grown by them and pigs were their meat. That was there, depression or not. Plus, dad had an oil field job. They did not suffer as others did. When hungry people came to their house, they fed them and gave them food to take with them.
I think it will be the same when the country collapses. I will not suffer as others will because I planned and carried out that plan.
That doesn’t mean I don’t care about the trouble people will have but I can’t save everyone.
You have also planned so you will be better off. That is not a crime for either of us.
Carry on, goat granny.
bump for later prepping!
My Dad seems to have gotten through the Depression with little damage, as his family was pretty well off, but my Mom was dirt poor, and she does strange things to this day because of her need for security. I understand where that comes from.
It’s funny to me that I never understood my parents’ behavior when it came to frugality and self-denial. As we enter this awful period of our history, as a middle-aged woman, I suddenly understand it all...
:O) Just doing what I can do....:O)
Men are fed before women and children because most of the people they are feeding are Muslim. The men demand to be first, and refuse to stand in line with women.