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Forsaken And Forgotten

America is becoming a very cold place.  If you don’t have money, you don’t really matter much in our society.  The ads on television aren’t for you – they are directed at people that actually have good jobs and that can afford to buy the nice little “extras” in life.  The politicians aren’t really interested in you either – they figure that they can buy your vote with all of the money that they are getting from the wealthy people.  When you don’t have money, even friends and relatives start to distance themselves from you.  Perhaps they are afraid that you will ask them for money or perhaps they are afraid that your “failure” will start to rub off on them.  When people know that you are struggling for money, the barriers immediately go up.  In the United States today, there are tens of millions of people that have been forsaken and forgotten.  They mostly stay at home (if they still have a home), and for most of them quiet desperation has become a way of life.  You won’t ever read much about them or see them appear much on television because nobody really cares too much about them.  As far as society is concerned, there are just way too many of them and they are a problem that “the government” should be able to handle anyway.  Sadly, the truth is that many communities all across America want absolutely nothing to do with those that can’t take care of themselves.  All over the country cities are passing laws making it illegal to feed the homeless, and in other instances cities are actually making it illegal to be homeless.  Unfortunately, this problem is not going away.  In fact, the number of Americans living in poverty increases with each passing day.  So where do we go from here?

These days, a lot of formerly middle class Americans are down on their luck and can’t even afford to buy enough food.  The following is from a recent Yahoo article….

Cheryl Preston knows that others are worse off. But she’s still hungry.

As grocery prices creep higher and her income sags, rationing her family’s food is a daily task. The 54-year-old mother of three and grandmother of three in Roanoke, Va., says there are days she skips meals so her husband and son can eat. If they notice, she says, she’ll let them think she’s fasting. She waters down the milk and juice to make it last longer. She visits food pantries, but it’s not enough.

Have you ever had to skip meals because you simply could not afford to buy enough food?

Have you ever wondered how you were going to make it to the next paycheck?

When you look into the eyes of your hungry children and you realize that your best efforts have not been good enough to provide what they need it can be absolutely soul crushing.

And when you have lost everything it quickly becomes apparent that most people in society simply do not care about you.

About a third of the country is already on some form of welfare.  Another family falling out of the middle class and into poverty is not going to cause anyone to sit up and take notice.

The middle class in America is being absolutely shredded.  In a recent article I wrote entitled “84 Statistics That Prove That The Decline Of The Middle Class Is Real And That It Is Getting Worse” I detailed this very clearly.  But most Americans don’t think about this very much because they are just focused on what is going on in their own little worlds.  If they still have their jobs and if their family and friends are still doing okay then they are likely to believe that everything is just fine.

But everything is not fine.

According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were “middle income” back in 1971.

Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are “middle income”.

There aren’t enough good jobs in this country and there never will be enough good jobs ever again.

Those that are just entering the job market understand very clearly that there are not enough good jobs.

Of the recent college graduates that have been fortunate enough to actually get a job, about half of them have taken jobs that do not even require a college degree.

But at least if you have a job, even if it is really crappy, you still matter in this economy.

Many of those that are not working at all have been completely forsaken and forgotten.

Over the past year, approximately 1.3 million Americans have seen their extended unemployment benefits end.  Most of them are considered to have “dropped out of the labor force” even though they aren’t working, they don’t have any income coming in and they are very desperate.  They are told to go “get a job” in an economy that does not produce enough jobs for everyone.  The music stopped playing and they were left without a seat and nobody really cares too much.

But if you live in the good areas of New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle this article might seem like complete nonsense to you.  After all, corporate profits are at an all-time high and the stores and malls where you live are packed with people.  Everyone around you is driving new cars, wearing designer clothes and using the latest tech gadgets.

But it is not like that everywhere in America.

There are two Americas today.  One is swimming in money and is seemingly more prosperous than ever.

The other America is a complete and total economic nightmare.

Just check out the percentage of blighted properties in some of America’s most run down cities….

Baltimore: 14 percent

Cleveland: 19 percent

Youngstown, Ohio: 21 percent

New Orleans: 21 percent

Detroit: 24 percent

Flint, Michigan: 27 percent

But those that are paying millions of dollars for dinky little apartments in New York City may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Well, in the forgotten areas of America “despair” is what people experience on a good day.  Unemployment and government dependence are a way of life, and alcohol and drugs are used to dull the pain.  The following is from a recent article by Chris Hedges.  It describes what life is like in the little town of Gary, West Virginia….

Joe and I are sitting in the Tug River Health Clinic in Gary with a registered nurse who does not want her name used. The clinic handles federal and state black lung applications. It runs a program for those addicted to prescription pills. It also handles what in the local vernacular is known as “the crazy check” — payments obtained for mental illness from Medicaid or SSI — a vital source of income for those whose five years of welfare payments have run out. Doctors willing to diagnose a patient as mentally ill are important to economic survival.

“They come in and want to be diagnosed as soon as they can for the crazy check,” the nurse says. “They will insist to us they are crazy. They will tell us, ‘I know I’m not right.’ People here are very resigned. They will avoid working by being diagnosed as crazy.”

The reliance on government checks, and a vast array of painkillers and opiates, has turned towns like Gary into modern opium dens. The painkillers OxyContin, fentanyl — 80 times stronger than morphine — Lortab, as well as a wide variety of anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, are widely abused. Many top off their daily cocktail of painkillers at night with sleeping pills and muscle relaxants. And for fun, addicts, especially the young, hold “pharm parties,” in which they combine their pills in a bowl, scoop out handfuls of medication, swallow them, and wait to feel the result.

There are hundreds of small towns all over America today just like Gary that have been forsaken by society.  Most people in those towns are just “existing” and gave up all hope of a better life long ago.

Some of these stories are being told in a new documentary film called “American Winter”.  You can view the trailer for the film right here.  It is a very powerful 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

Sadly, the truth is that there really does not need to be so much suffering in America.

Did you know that Americans waste 165 billion dollars worth of food each year?

That could sure feed a lot of hungry people.

And the overwhelming greed that we see in society today is absolutely astounding.

For example, Yahoo recently profiled a hoarder who packed her home with $500,000 worth of “stuff” that she could not resist buying….

There are shoe closets, and then there are shoe rooms. Monte, a retired teacher in her fifties, had scattered $20,000 worth of footwear throughout six rooms in her home. Some were organized by color, but most lay in mountainous piles of clutter in her 4,000 square foot home outside Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Over a period of 10 years, she’d spent over $500,000 on clothing, accessories and home furnishings, all of which lay strewn across her kitchen, entryway and bedrooms, tags intact.

But far worse are the “Rich Kids of Instagram“.  It has apparently become trendy for wealthy kids to take pictures of themselves enjoying their outrageous wealth.  It truly is disgusting.

Meanwhile, most American families are really struggling to get by.  In fact, 77 percent of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time.

And jobless claims are rising again.  We are on the verge of another major economic crisis and that means that millions more Americans are going to lose their jobs and their homes.

If you think that things are bad now, just wait, because things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and help those that are hurting.  When things are the darkest, that is when heroes are needed the most.

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  • Chestertonian

    Frugality will have to be relearned by Americans. Those who embrace frugality and self-sacrifice will be more likely to survive, and to be able to help their children and other family members.
    Here’s an example from the world of auto repair, which I know well, being an ASE-certified master tech. Most Americans like automatic transmissions because they’d rather not have to use a clutch and shift gears manually. Millions are actually unable to do so, having never learned to drive a “stick.” In the past four years, since I opened my own shop, I have seen many cars with failed automatic transmissions which their owners could not afford to repair. I have seen zero manual transmissions which failed, although I have replaced some clutches. These wonderful luxuries, automatic transmissions, which save Americans from having to learn to use a clutch, are a snare which deprives many people of transportation when they break. It can easily cost $2000-4000 to overhaul or replace an automatic transmission. So, as the economy gets worse, we can expect many people who have automatic transmissions to lose access to personal motorized transport; far fewer of those using manual transmissions will be so deprived.
    The same comment can be made, but to a less serious degree, for those with air conditioning (an optional luxury), power windows, power seats, power moonroofs, remote starters, car alarm systems, and many other options that our grandparents and great-grandparents knew how to live without. I earn money by fixing cars with these and other electronic options, but my personal car has none of those
    It’s the same story as other economic woes: we’ve been living beyond our means and have gotten used to too many comforts. Now we’ll have to do even without necessities.

    • Kevin2

      Much of what you say is true however as technology and productivity increase so should the standard of living. If the standard of living does not increase then the increased wealth creation is being diverted elsewhere.

      Regarding automatic transmissions with the exception of a 1996 Chrysler van (which was well known for bad transmissions) I have not experienced any transmission problems in the last 37 years. I ran a few of the vehicles past 150K. They were all Chevy, Ford and Chrysler cars or trucks.

  • wbill

    for craig. I just googled bellevue,wa elections according to the website I found the county votes 65.9% democrat, so I wouldnt think that carl rove exerts an inordinate amount if influence there

  • Michael

    I worked and paid taxes for 40 years, so that others could loaf on my dime.
    My pension was stolen by the Huckster Profiteers.
    The last one, took FICA and Medicare out of my check but didn’t pay IRS…
    Now I’m too old, but not retirement age, in the gray zone. Nobody will hire me, and I’ve got too many medical issues to be hired.
    I used to be an engineer and top systems guy, now I’m “over qualified” for jobs I’m immanently qualified for, I said I would even take starting wage… no dice… too old. They’re simply not allowed to say that.
    So I invented a new kind of coil, and electric engine… engine not motor, that can convert a gas engine to electric. That is ignored too… 10 to 1000 times more powerful / amp, than a standard 100 year old electric motor, and nobodies interested?

    We’re not just lost, we’re infected with the stupid disease.
    So ***** it, I’ll just collect food stamps and tell you bastards that tell me to “go get a job”, to go ******* yourselves, like I said, I paid my ‘fair share’ for 40 years. I’ll not work at McDonalds, when my back can’t take standing all day, for minimum wage, when I can sit on my ass and let YOU help fund my development work…

  • Kate

    What many people do not grasp is that when the “welfare queens”, and the “crazy money” no longer is offered(which will be very soon)then… they get desperate. Things are going to get hairy! Help your fellow man if you see someone hungry, get them something to eat. It really is as simple as an act of kindness folks. Love your neighbor as yourself.

  • NorthernCanuck

    Detroit – the future of many American cities?

    “No place like home: One hundred crumbling houses that capture the downfall of Detroit”

    By Daily Mail Reporter,
    Daily Mail, London,
    26 August 2012.

    An amazing collection of photographs has captured the utter devastation of Detroit — the once bustling American city that now sits largely derelict.

    Perplexed at the state of his hometown, photographer Kevin Bauman began taking pictures of the scores of abandoned homes littering the city in the mid 1990’s.

    His incredible series ‘100 Abandoned Houses’ poignantly documents the depressing downfall of the Michigan capital, where entire neighbourhoods, even wealthy ones, have been left to fall into ruin…”

    Read more:

  • NorthernCanuck

    The new investors – soon to become the new masters…?

    “China Eagerly Buying Up American Assets

    Chinese firms see bargains in the U.S., as well as opportunities for technological gain and expanded reach.

    By David Pierson and Don Lee,
    Los Angeles Times,
    August 24, 2012.

    BEIJING — Facing a sharp economic slowdown at home, Chinese companies are plowing money into U.S. assets at a record pace, making huge bids for American energy, aviation, entertainment and other businesses.

    The increase in investment, already at least $8 billion this year, comes despite lingering American anxieties about potential breaches of national security and loss of technology to the powerful Asian competitor…”,0,5368343,full.story

    • orange

      If you think the current masters are bad, you’re in for a rude awakening when the Chinese take over! There’s not a more vicious, cruel, cold race on the planet…just ask the Africans and Peruvians about it. If they take over, we’re done.

      • sunbelt57

        There are at the moment 100’s of thousands of Chinese troops massing across the southern border according to some reports.

        • Sane

          You’re insane if you don’t realise that the only country with troops amassed on other countries borders is the US. You’re poor because your government spent all your money killing dark people in foreign lands with oil for your V8 gas guzzlers instead of using the obvious engineering abilities of your country to develop renewable solutions.

  • NorthernCanuck

    “If you Like NAFTA, You’ll Love TPP

    By Rudy Avizius,

    We, the transnational corporations and the ruling elites, are on the verge of a wonderful new dawn that will bring us immense power and untold wealth.

    We have been secretly negotiating a new agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the United States Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam and are nearing completing the final details of this agreement. We have had 600 of our best corporate lobbyists providing input and have successfully excluded Congress, our own corporate media, and the general public from the negotiations. Once implemented, this agreement will hard code corporate dominance over sovereign governments into international law that will supercede any federal, state, or local laws of any member country. This agreement will grant new corporate privileges and rights, while limiting governments and protective regulations. This agreement will far exceed anything we have been able to achieve with NAFTA, CAFTA, or any other free trade agreement.

    The details contained in this agreement will result in total corporate global governance . In this new system the role of elected governments will be to serve as subservient agents for our interests. The institutions under governments such as the armies, police, and courts will also serve our interests, while being financed by the taxpayers of that country. The status of the member states will be locked-in, similar to countries once they are inside the Eurozone.

    In the past, we had to deal with environmental regulations, financial regulations, worker safety regulations and other issues have always brought down the profits that we worked so hard to earn and are rightfully ours. Once this agreement passes, these regulations will actually have the potential of increasing our wealth. Some of the provisions in this agreement include the establishment of corporate controlled tribunals to be administered by 3 attorneys with no conflict of interest limitations. These 3 attorney tribunals, which will be controlled by us, will have the power to order sovereign governments to use taxpayer money to pay us and our agents for any environmental or regulatory costs that our transnational corporations expended to meet local standards. We can literally expect to have long term taxpayer revenue streams that will flow into our coffers. At the very least, many existing laws would need to be rewritten and no new regulatory laws could be passed.

    With this wonderful new agreement, governments that tried to pass regulations such as limits on the financial industry using risky bets such as derivatives would have the burden of proof to defend such regulations in a tribunal system controlled by us, and staffed by our lawyers and judges. The judges in these tribunals could order the government to use taxpayers’ money to pay damages should one of our transnational corporations prevail in one of these “private courts”. In the past, we have received over $350 million of taxpayer money under the NAFTA style deals, because of zoning laws, toxic bans, timber rules and other regulations. It is our expectation that this figure will be dwarfed by future payments. This TPP agreement is like NAFTA on steroids. These tribunals setup by this TPP agreement will have binding corporate guarantees with both trade and cash sanctions. These cash sanctions would also effectively transfer taxpayer money to transnational corporate coffers. Can you imagine how much money we will have flowing into our pockets as we challenge regulations within our own private court system forcing governments to pay for our lost profits or to eliminate them? This agreement will essentially strip governments of their sovereignty and make them answerable to our tribunals.

    The result of these corporate tribunals will be to setup a race to the bottom, where if one country chooses not to regulate something, then the corporations would be able to sue the other nations inside of the TPP to have taxpayers cover their losses for any such regulations. These other countries would be vulnerable to corporate led lawsuits to be decided in the corporate tribunals. In order to protect our interests , we could potentially have the ability to utilize the publicly funded militaries of some states to wage war on other “less compliant” states.

    So how could such an extreme agreement that literally gives corporations and us ruling elites everything we could possibly want have been negotiated with little or no resistance? The answer is that the ONLY way this agreement could ever pass is if everything is done in secret, continues to remain secret, and the details never see the light of day…”

    Read complete article at:

  • Evie

    The increase in welfare and disability is because jobs available are only 10 hours a week and require lifting 50 lbs. People on ss or disability can work these jobs in addition to their checks. Figure it out, how would you pay your bills, transportation costs, food. You eould have to be mentally ill to take such a job.

  • NorthernCanuck

    “Homeland Security Prepares for Civil War

    Its Clear Our Military Is No Longer The Nation’s Only Standing Army When It Comes To Killing Power

    by Jack Swint-Publisher,
    West Virginia News,,

    Over the past 2 weeks, everyone from the mainstream media to bloggers and conspiracy theorists have questioned the government’s mass purchasing of ammunition for federal agencies like the National Weather Service and even the Social Security Administration. Combined, both agencies ordered over 210,000 rounds. This ammunition is mostly made up of “hollow point” bullets, which are designed strictly for maximum damage to the human body and have been outlawed for use in warfare since 1969.

    On the surface, these purchases alone are scary enough and raise questions as to why these unlikely agencies need any amounts of ammo, especially bullets that have been outlawed. The National Weather Service claims they have 63 officers who “enforce the nation’s ocean and fishing laws to ensure a level playing field for fishermen and to protect marine species like whales, dolphins and turtles.” If you divide 46,000 rounds by the 63 agents they employ, that’s 730 bullets per agent, or, in other words, 63 crack shots and a lot of dead fisherman.

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) has given no specific response to questions regarding their purchase of 174,00 rounds. They said their “agents’ need them. But, keep this in mind: the SSA only deals with US Citizens in America. The SSA has never been involved with anything outside of this country for any reason. And what do they need with armed agents? All SSA offices employ private contracted security for their offices.

    • thisonewilldo

      Hey NC! Dude! I’m a going have to take off a week just to read your comments! Thanks! Your posts are great!

  • greg

    I do not know what to say after reading this. I am 48 now and never thought I would have to see an article like this. Iremember dating a rich girl in school, when it became apparent that I would never be a member of her strata, she one day walked by me like I was not there. I guess that is where we are now. What was that quote? ”I tremble for my country when I remember that our God is a just God.””

  • Lone Muslim

    For all those trying to put the blame on those in the inner cities and on drugs and alcohol. Its not a plethora of people just making wrong decisions “and getting what they deserve”. When your school system is the worst in the world, your local government is corrupt, you have drugs and guns delivered to your doorstep sometimes literally(how quickly it seems weve forgotten the cia and la) and every opportunity for positive development is blocked then your choices become slim. Now Im not justifying drugs or povery but what I am saying is that it is way more complicated then simply “lazy people waiting for handouts” these so called lazy people were the workforce behind the industrial revolution and the civil rights movements just look at cities like detroit, baltimore, chicago, these use to be middle class well to do stable communities what happened to those people no they didnt all move out their still there … it seems we lack any gratitude towards those who did their best for this country just to have the later generations call them “good for nothings” but of course youd have to leave your comfortable suburban white neighborhood and actually talk to people in these situations to find out what im saying… but you wont you will continue to blame them and live in a delusional world where if you were in their position you would do it differently….. yea right

  • Really?

    Yeah , the powers that be always stretch the truth. Real unemployment figures go thru 6 measures, U1 thru U6, …….U1 is the figure we see on the nightly news , U6 is the most accurate even using guestamations,
    US unemployment is at 49% after you subtract retired and underage.
    Sorry forget the link …….. Yeesh!!!

  • Shelly

    Hey, here in Atlanta a 73 year old man was attacked in a Kroger parking lot by an Assistant Manager,for passing out food.


    • thisonewilldo

      That’s because there is a corporate agreement with the Powers Who Wish They Could Be (But, THEY WILL NOT SUCCEED!
      to stop at anything short of compassion. It’s part of The New World (Dis) Order’s quota, the not knowings but I’m still employed (FOR NOW, Blush) policy, crush dissent, through
      The Question? Who are THEY to tell US how to behave?
      Their VIEWS matter NOT!
      And when an INNOCENT points out the stuck point—-
      TPTB FIRE the Person!!! Yeah, sure that’s a way to handle it! EVeryone should realize at this point that TPTB don’t care about form, decorum, respectability, legal agreements, and you can take me at my word.
      TPTB lie. TPTB cheat. TPTB don’t care if you or I live or die.
      Time to Size up the ENEMY!


      • thisonewilldo

        If it takes ten hundred of us –
        WE MUST PUSH BACK!!!

        • thisonewilldo

          And continue to DE-CRY! DE-CRY the inequities among US! Share your experiences so that we are all WISE to the New World (DIS) Order’s GAME! No matter your occupation, creed or income! The world is depending upon the information. The World’s people die for a lack of information! Time to call the New World (Dis) Order on THEIR GAMe!
          GET THE WORD OUT!!!

  • Leon

    I would be interested in your opinion regarding USA natural gas deposits and oil deposits(possibly much larger than Saudi Arabia) , North Dakota & Texas already have very low unemployment and as more LNG (liqified natural gas) is produced in the next 2 yr, we will have an energy boom with huge exports and foreign countries wanting to open up factories in the US because of cheap energy, however I do feel the next 2 years will be some of the worst the US has ever had

  • Really?

    Yes it’s true that some people are lazy,without drive and determination.
    Some people are victims of circumstance. Some work their whole lives paycheck to paycheck, some are born with the silver spoon and have not a clue about drive, determination or hard work. Some have made poor choices with drugs,alcohol, gambling. Whatever your place in life may be, it’s all our fault for letting the government/central banks impose tax death on us and strip our rights and liberties from us.
    Seems with each passing day that while talk and getting our thoughts and feelings heard/watched (lol), we have come to a tipping point in which yelling and screaming about our injustices are felled upon deaf ears. TRUTH ,actions speak louder than words ,pen might have been mightier than the sword at one time but I don’t think so anymore.
    It’s a shame that we all are stuck on this rock together and can’t seem to find a happy medium to where all human life is valued over all else.
    Another World War will more than likely be the outcome of course that’s what the elitists want , reduced population so we underlings don’t usurp all of their precious resources ,God forbid that those with all the power and money do without. I remember a movie with Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy called Trading Places wouldn’t it be wonderful to see that happen on a large scale that way we could all experience the other side of life, to have everything one day and wonder how your gonna eat the next or have nothing one day and want for nothing the next. If we could all get a taste of both sides we might actually come to understand each other better. Pipe dream of course but just a thought.

  • Jane B

    Sad but true article. But let’s remember…the US is not like Greece YET. Stll time to take the medicine ( less spending and SLIGHTLY more taxes and come out in one piece over time.

  • Lori F

    Saw a fellow on the side of the road this past weekend with CARDBOARD for SHOES! I live in San Antonio and so far have not seen too many of the effects of the Great Recession. Recently I have been noticing more and more homeless and beggars. I always stop and give, it breaks my heart so I stopped to give the fellow with the cardboard shoes some money. He looked pleadingly at me and asked “Is there somewhere close I can sit down? I dont see anywhere near here I can just sit down for a minute…” Sad, so sad. If I hadnt had my 9 year old with me I would have given him a ride.
    When I relayed this story to my husband he scoffed and said “He’s probably crazy…” So, in other words only mentally capable people diserve help?? Not only is it getting worse, people are inventing reasons to not help.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The idea of compassion in this day and age, is sadly becoming as old-fashioned as chivalry (holding the door open for a lady), fedora hats, and gloves and nylons on Sunday morning. This is NOT a good trend! We need to help each other now more than ever!

  • GA

    Michael, I just had my first experience with government alert messages on the cell phone during TS Isaac. I was not aware this initiative was this far along…check out the article at
    People should be aware of this.

    • Michael


      Big Brother creeps into our lives a little bit more with each passing day.


  • DownWithLibs

    As far as Intagram goes, isn’t it their PARENTS MONEY!!! Yuk it up now. Unless they plan to subsidize their kids for the rest of their lives, the party will likely be over soon.

  • Sue

    Very little of what is happening is new. It’s just new to the (former)comfortable classes and the young who simply haven’t been old enough to understand until lately.

    America has been a cold and terrifying place for the down and out for a hell of a long time. During my days of crisis in the 1970-80s I literally had nowhere to turn because people refused then as now to notice people who were not doing fine. If I quietly pointed out something going wrong I was called a paranoid or an America hater or a loser so I just stopped trying.

    I was not dumb enough to ask the state for help even back then because I was afraid to lose my son. So I had a lot of months with one small meal on my minimum wage minus taxes salary and did without a lot of other things as well. My $300 car looked like it came from a junkyard, my apartment was in the bad part of town, our clothes were carefully chosen from yard sales or made at home.

    I am amazed when I hear that poor people can’t afford to buy disposable nappies for baby (or worse, that they buy them anyway) or cable tv or package food or whatever kind of crap they think they have to have.

    I am totally amazed by this helpless dependence on expensive things no one needs and even more amazed that when I tried to tell struggling people how I got by on almost nothing with no help from any of my effen rich relatives or even a tiny raise at my bank job (been watching how those operate ever since) and so on I was sneered at and called cheap. Yes, I lived cheaply but i was not cheap. I managed and survived and can do it again any time and anywhere.

    I haven’t lived in the US for the last 25 years. There is no future in a country of people who refuse to read the handwriting on the wall or do what needs to be done WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE DONE—not now, but when the troubles began, a long time ago, with their full consent and cooperation.

    I feel sorry for every young person who doesn’t know how to live like great-grandpa, and I feel contempt for the jerks I knew who were too busy playing gotta be me and gotta look rich to take the time to look ahead at the trainwreck about to appear on their horizon. I am also sorry the perps are not usually the ones suffering.

  • Cathy

    There are lazy, deadbeat scammers out there who find every way they can to game the system, and they share the info among themselves. This is nothing new and has been going on forever.

    This is not what we are talking about when we reference the newly poor or especially the working poor in America. THIS is a new problem, when people who have worked hard and contributed their lives to bettering society, suddenly find themselves stripped of resources and unable to recoup them in the usual ways. I can tell you from first hand experience that there are few to NO safety nets for these people, no options given to sit home collecting a check (what check?? from where??). If you have no children at home, you DO NOT qualify for ANY kind of cash assistance. End of story. THERE IS NO WELFARE. I do not know why this myth is so persistent. Utility assistance is highly temporary and on a first-come, first-serve basis only; food stamps are meager to begin with, and will be further drastically cut or even cancelled if you manage to find any kind of income. God help you if you are over 40 years old and your career goes to India or the Philippines, because all those “Help Wanted” signs some seem to see (they are rare here, I can tell you), are offering low wage jobs with insanely health-threatening working hours and conditions, and those jobs are offered strictly to young adults. Scarcely anyone will hire older adults no matter how healthy and able. If someone is willing to hire, prepare to compete with 400 to 500 other local adults for the single position. Good luck with that.

    In this kind of situation, I don’t care HOW much you managed to scrimp and save over the years, you are going to lose it to skyrocketing utility, gas, and tax bills very quickly. NO ONE will offer to pay these for you. I am sorry for what the more fortunate seem to think, but they are simply wrong – there is no way to live without a living wage job. Even a minimum wage job will lose you ALL assistance of all kinds. Try paying even a modest rent or mortgage, electric, water, sewer and telephone bill – the bare essentials – on a minimum wage income. Forget satellite TV, internet connection, food, cell phone, car insurance, car repair, gas prices, property taxes, yearly car registration fees, etc. – THERE IS NO WAY. That is why no one wants to know the working poor. It’s a devastating situation that affects not only you but everyone around you. It doesn’t matter that you spent your entire life working full time and honing your skill and experience – once that upper tier job is ripped out of your hands and tossed overseas to slave labor, indeed the entire career industry you’ve served diligently for decades – you are now POOR – and you can do nothing to save this situation, you can only scramble for your life to try and stay off the street doing whatever you can just to be able to eat once a day so you can think straight enough to keep brainstorming.

    The people who are jobless and still surviving well are doing it with DISABILITY payments, deserved or not. They also do it by having more and more children who DO qualify for assistance. Those who chose to retain their integrity, worked full time their entire lives, never asked for any help or freebies, saved what they could, and worked to improve their situations over a lifetime – THEY are the ones being trampled underfoot now. THEY are the ones who did everything right and STILL got dumped off the economic pier with a couple of cement shoes on for good measure by the Ivy League bean counters and pathologically feral globalist wolves and vultures.

    So what the heck happened? We are the stupid and careless ones who put our faith in the societal belief that if you worked hard, sacrificed, saved, and planned, you could not go wrong? I am sorry, sir, but we believed you and took these ethics seriously, and worked our tails off doing our part to keep the economy humming along – and now you will tell us that we were STUPID for it?

    Well maybe we were. I have relatives who got smarter 15 years ago and applied for their crazy checks when the getting was good. Some of them would have a new baby every time their youngest started school, so they could keep those benefits flowing. Those things disgusted me then, and they still disgust me. There’s one thing I can’t deny though – they are doing just fine in this economic downturn.

    It is the people who believed the American dream and WORKED for it, pulling their own weight, who are now being punished and impoverished in this nightmare landscape. There is no help available for them, not even short term. Believe me, I KNOW. So stop with the nonsense about the fat welfare lifestyle – THERE ISN’T ANY. It is not an option, does not exist, there is no safety net that will pay your doubled property taxes every year, or your doubled electric bill every month, or put gas in your car so you can even go to work to earn a minimum wage that will not pay your rent and utilities as it is, and will also lose you any chance to retain any food or other paltry assistance you were required to bow and scrape and utterly humiliate yourself to obtain in the first place.

    We are out here DROWNING and yes, dying, for LACK of safety nets that we should not even need in the first place. WE don’t want to steal anybody else’s wealth, why the heck do you think we worked our tails off our whole lives? We were working for our OWN benefit, but depraved and parasitical anti-human economic mobsters have reached into OUR pockets and divested us of EVERYTHING we have worked for – then turn around and blame US for letting it happen, call us stupid and lazy, lacking foresight and initiative BECAUSE IT NEVER OCCURRED TO US TO BE THIEVES AND CHARLATANS LIKE THEY ARE in preparing for a decent life of our own.

    What we really did not properly foresee was the utter depravity of some strata of the human family. That is not news to the depraved of course – they counted on that to enrich themselves dramatically. Freed of the bonds of regulation and devoid of scruples, they have quickly laid waste to our once-promising futures. That we did not see it coming is rather to our credit, I think, for whatever that is worth. Most of us could never conceive of being that selfish, cold-hearted and just plain sniveling evil toward our fellow humans in pursuit of wealth and power. Most of us would count the cost of human suffering too great to consider in such a pursuit, more is the woe to us – but there is nothing new under the sun, is there? Just like there are always those strata of irresponsible poor scammers, there are also always those strata of conniving elite who are far more dangerous to our freedoms, far more parasitical, far more welfare-prone and far more – dare we say it? – LAZY than your average garbage collector. Smart, maybe – but having turned their intelligence to self-gratifying theft and fraud, it’s hardly a quality the hard-working admire.

    There is only one solution as I see it, and that is for people of ALL strata who recognize the worth of genuine work and mutual economic benefit to pack together in any way they can, begin to pool their resources in creative ways, and brainstorm together about how to both survive and prosper by their own efforts. Most of us are still at the point where we’re just sitting up and shaking the stars out of our heads after the first globalist KO punch in the face, but we’ll recover. These wounds are going to sting for a while, that’s all. Non-parasitical humans have always been the solid foundation of every society and we are simply not that easy to permanently marginalize. We’ll be back, but it will be with no thanks to those who currently cheerlead for vulgarity, or have their blunt noses buried in the trough of ill-gotten gains already. There are better ways to do this, and we will find them.

    • thisonewilldo

      ‘There are lazy, deadbeat scammers out there who find every way they can to game the system, and they share the info among themselves. This is nothing new and has been going on forever…”

    • J67856

      Our only problems exist with the rich. Corporations, media, and politicians are all from the same cloth. They sleep together. They live together. And we need to end their life in a literal way. Crush corporations. Crush politicians. And best of all, completely crush the media. If they have no buildings to function in, they can’t function at all. Right? It’s not hard when the power of MANY do the crushing. Stop focusing on your own personal existence and start forming massive groups. Then see what power really is.

  • karen

    You know, maybe the saddest thing is that this was all predictable. All of it. In fact, it seems the only unpredictable thing left is how to individually deal with the future. On that, I feel clueless.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Latest Tropical Blob Isaac update:

    Looks like it’s gonna smack New Orleans, just like its big sister Katrina did 7 years ago to the day.

    The mainsteam, whoops, mainSTREAM media is drooling at the mouth, with sugarplum dreams of Katie Couric broadcasting live underwater from the bottom of Lake Pontchartain.

    Sorry, not buying it. Not taking the shiny bait. You’ve run into a smart bass here. Been through a couple of those bass fishing tournaments you humans have, and I haven’t been caught yet. Try the trout or catfish. They might just go for it.

    Okay, back on topic! But I’m going to try to still stay relevant here *sigh*

    Why did over 1,000 people die during Katrina in 2005?
    It didn’t HAVE to happen.
    Government incompetence? Lack of public transportation?
    No school buses for evacuees?
    Maybe. Don’t know. I don’t live in NOLA, and therefore I can’t criticize or condemn the mayor and governor of that city/state. I also can’t give a real comparison to other places or politicians, other than those here in Arizona, where I live. But it seems to me that what happened (is happening…??) in Louisiana is like an extreme debacle of government, rising up to the highest levels.

    Will they learn in the days ahead?
    Well…. if they are the average elected government Homo sapiens.. NO.

    (finally, as an aside: I visited NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) some 23 years ago. Loved the French Quarter. Even the German cockroaches (although none of them spoke German! Ha!!)

  • blah

    the name of the “rich kids of instagram” should have been called rich JAP’s and kikes of instagram

  • The Awakened

    For all of those part-time ‘christians’ who are somewhat fortunate, read Lazarus and the Rich Man. It’ll give a better perspective of how you should treat your fellow unfortunate man.

  • Thehyena

    I’ve figured out how to Rid myself of this crushing poverty and bills I can’t afford. Suicide. Yay

  • J67856

    This is what I have been talking about for the longest time. I come from a family where many have struggled their whole life. But I have two brothers who managed to do well for themselves. And the better off they are, the more they have forgotten their own parents. Our mother and father have grown old and are barely making it. All the while, my brothers have material junk sitting around their homes collecting dust that could easily pay my parent’s house payment. Money stinks. And the more you have, the more YOU stink. It believe in this strongly.

    There are indeed towns that think the whole world is like what they see every day. But the reality is that someone somewhere is suffering just so YOU can be well off. Its unethical to prosper financially. Because someone has to suffer for it. The ones who should be suffering are the ones who are causing the suffering. And that wont happen unless we storm their homes and businesses and drag them out in to the streets.

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