We are by any measure still the richest nation on the planet, but yet between our prison population and our homeless citizens, nearly 10-15% of our population live in untenable conditions. The MSM, as mouthpieces for the elitists, would have you believe that this population represents criminals,drug addicts, and “takers”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Congress continues to cut holes in the safety nets and increases spending on the war machines, refuses to correct laws that allows banksters to continue their criminal raping, and subsidizes their corporate cronies and makes fun of the 47% percent called slackers. Ah.. 47% represents nearly HALF our population! Think about that for just a moment.
Here are some disturbing facts:
Nationally, median household income decreased by 1.3 percent between 2010 and 2011, from $51,144 to $50,502. On the whole wages haven’t risen, adjusted for inflation, in the last twenty years.
Between 2010 and 2011, the national poverty rate increased from 15.3 percent to 15.9 percent. This represents an almost 5 percent increase in the number of people living in poverty; more than 48 million people were living in poverty in 2011. Today it is estimated to be closer to 50 million.
Nationally, the number of Americans now living in hunger is an unbelievable 31,000,000.
40% of the homeless are veterans.
12,000,000 children are living below the poverty level.
25% of the homeless have a FULL TIME JOB!
While the government claims unemployment at 6.7%, the real rate is near 37%. This means nearly 30% of those unemployed have NO safety net at all. It also means that the rate of unemployed is 5% above what it was during the peak of the last great depression.
Also, due to the recent foreclosures crisis, homelessness has been on the rise. In the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 2008 Report, 12 of the 25 cities surveyed reported an increase in homelessness due to foreclosures and another 6 didn’t have enough data to be sure. So what is it now in the winter of 2014? What is government’s solution to the problem?
- City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.
- Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
- Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
- Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.
Is this what we have become? We really don’t like to continually report on these realities. We don’t like what we see and know. However, until we collectively stand up, this reality will get even worse. Have we all forgotten who we are as individuals? Do we not have any longer a sense of justice, a modicum of compassion? Where did our sense of civic responsibility go? Where did our pride in ourselves, our community, and our nation go? How did we lose it?
Most of the nation is in a deep freeze as we write this article, tonight at least 2,000,000 children are huddled in whatever shelter they can find to keep warm, mostly cars parked just out of sight. When are we going to finally say no more? When?