When one in four Americans rely on food or nutrition assistance, you know the tipping point is approaching with each passing tick of the clock.
We are funding the creation of undeniably alien worlds within the United States of America... cities that are now alien to the founding, white population of this country.
Just to live.
The budget of the USDA, which administers the EBT card (TANF/Food Stamp program), is $108.9 billion. [USDA Creating $1.9 Million Research Center Devoted to Changing American’s Food Choices Research to examine dismantling fast food combos, Washington Free Beacon, 6-2-2014]:
The USDA said it is their responsibility to attempt to alter the food choices of Americans since 25 percent receive food aid from government programs.
“With a total outlay of $108.9 billion in FY 2013, food and nutrition assistance accounted for 72 percent of USDA’s budget,” the announcement said.
“Approximately 1 in 4 Americans participated in at least 1 of the 15 food and nutrition assistance programs at some point during FY 2013, making these programs fundamental to the nutritional well-being of millions of Americans.” “These diverse activities share the common goal of improving the nutrition, food security, and health of American consumers,” it said.The $108.9 billion dedicated to the USDA goes to feed the poor.
In 2013, NASA had a budget of $17.6 billion. Peaking in 1965, NASA's budget has continuously been gobbled up by the growth in other federal departments.
Most notably food and nutrition assistance.
You already know what happened on July 16, 1969, simultaneously both the launch of the greatest journey in world history and sorriest moment in all of world history.
The former? The launch of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, successfully landing on July 20, 1969.
The latter? Rev. Ralph Abernathy's Poor People's Campaign, aboard a mule drawn cart, protesting the white man's technological achievement.
At the 1969 Urban League National Conference, President Whitney Young was quoting as calling the moon landing a "another stunt, a circus act." [League's New Goal to be "Ghetto Power in Action', Jet, August 4, 1969]:
... moon landing demonstrates wrong national priorities. "For the poor imprisoned in urban slums, it seems just another stunt, a circus act, a marvelous trick that leaves their lives unchanged, their despair untouched."The trajectory of our national priorities changed.
The moon, the star, the heavens can wait.
Spending billions on EBT/TANF/WIC and other forms of food/nutrition assistance became the national priority.
Rev. Ralph Abernathy won .
On August 5, 1969, The Christian Science Monitor published an editorial showing how quickly Rev. Abernathy's mule-drawn cart had changed the trajectory of America's future. Titled "Both Moon and Earth," the editorial is required reading for understanding why we the way we "are" in 2014. [Both moon and earth,The Christian Science Monitor, Aug 5, 1969;pg. 16]:
This newspaper has consistently given strong support to the space program, believing it a worth means of forwarding men's knowledge of the universe and expanding men's own capabilities. We have also resolutely opposed the argument that it was also impossible simultaneously to conduct such a space program and move effectively against the great problems here on earth. We believe that the gigantic economic wealth and scientific know-how of America is sufficient to move forward with both of these worthy programs.
But, while opposing those who say that the space program should be scrapped in favor of earthside projects, we equally oppose the thinking which would let space achievements turn men's attention from what so desperately needs doing at home. Indeed, in term of man's heart and conscience, the solution of earth's problems is the more important.
On July 16, 1969, these black people protested the future that was appearing on the horizon. We put this future on hold, to pay for the present...
Just how important these are can be judged from the fact that several large segments of the American population - notably many blacks and the most militant of young white reformers - have apparently felt little satisfaction in America's success on the moon. These groups are so bitter over inequities and distortions in American life that they look upon the space program as almost irrelevant, if not actually harmful to their own interests and struggles.
When spokesmen for varying shades of opinion among America's black citizenry, stretching all the way from the mild moderation of a Roy Wilkins or a Whitney Young to the bitter and revolutionary outlook of an Eldridge Cleaver and a Stokely Carmichael, draw unflattering contrast between what has been done on the moon and what has not been done at home, then it is well for the country to weigh carefully whether its objectives fully are in balance.
It is a sad thing when any large group of Americans, whose hard work at a thousand different points contributed to the success of the country's space triumphs, feel unable to enjoy to the full this moment of national self-congratulation. It will be even worse, if after this tremendous feat, the imbalance of achievement between the moon and the earth remains.
We are convinced that the vast and diverse fallout from the space program has contributed and will contribute to progress for all on earth. This is above all true where men's broadened and heightened outlook on mankind's capabilities are revealed. Once you go to the moon, poverty and inequity on earth seem all the more intolerable. But what is needed right now is proof to America's disaffected that, while the country has one eye on space, it has both its eyes on their many problems.