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The Most Homeless Children In New York City Since The Great Depression

Child Crying - Photo by D Sharon PruittAt a time when Wall Street is absolutely swimming in wealth, New York City is experiencing an epidemic of homelessness.  According to the New York Times, the last time there was this many homeless children in New York City was during the days of the Great Depression.  And the number of homeless children in the United States overall recently set a new all-time record.  As I mentioned yesterday, there are now 1.2 million public school kids in America that are homeless, and that number has gone up by about 72 percent since the start of the last recession.  As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as "the wealthiest nation on the planet", and yet the number of young kids that don't even have a roof over their heads at night just keeps skyrocketing.  There truly are "two Americas" today, and unfortunately most Americans that live in "good America" don't seem to really care too much about the extreme suffering that is going on in "bad America".  In the end, what kind of price will we all pay for neglecting the most vulnerable members of our society?

If you live in "good America", I very much encourage you to read an excellent piece about homelessness in New York City that was just published in the New York Times.  What some young kids have to go through on a nightly basis should break all of our hearts...

She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet. Two other children share a mattress by the rotting wall where the mice live, opposite the baby, whose crib is warmed by a hair dryer perched on a milk crate.

Could you imagine having your own family live like that?  The name of the little girl in the story is Dasani, and every night her family sleeps in a city-run homeless shelter that sounds like it is straight out of a horror movie...

Her family lives in the Auburn Family Residence, a decrepit city-run shelter for the homeless. It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers.

It is no place for children. Yet Dasani is among 280 children at the shelter. Beyond its walls, she belongs to a vast and invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, in the most unequal metropolis in America.

You can read the rest of that excellent article right here.  Sadly, there are countless other children just like Dasani that live like this day after day, month after month, year after year.

Shouldn't we be able to do better than this as a society?  After all, the stock market has been hovering near record highs lately, and Wall Street is absolutely drenched with wealth for the moment.

With so much wealth floating around, why are New York City subways being "overrun with homeless" right now?

Something has gone horribly wrong.

I think that a recent editorial by David Simon, the creator of the Wire, summarized things pretty well.  We are not "one America" anymore, and most of the people that live in "good America" don't really care much about those living in "bad America"...

America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It's astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.

There's no barbed wire around West Baltimore or around East Baltimore, around Pimlico, the areas in my city that have been utterly divorced from the American experience that I know. But there might as well be.

Once upon a time, things were different in America.  Nobody resented businessmen for building strong businesses and making lots of money.  And successful businessmen such as Henry Ford hired large numbers of American workers and paid them very well.  He felt that his workers should make enough money to buy the cars that they were building.  In those days, businessmen were loyal to their workers and workers were loyal to those that employed them.

Unfortunately, those days are long gone.  Today, in business schools all over America students are taught that the sole purpose of a corporation is to make as much money as possible for the stockholders.  Not that there is anything wrong with making money.  But at this point we have elevated greed above all other economic goals.  Taking care of one another isn't even a consideration anymore.

In the old days, big businesses actually needed our labor.  But that is now no longer the case.  Today, corporations are shipping millions of our jobs overseas and they are replacing as many of us with technology as they possibly can.  The value of the labor of the working man is declining with each passing day.

As a result, the fortunes of big business and American workers are increasingly diverging.  For example, the disconnect between employment levels and stock prices has never been greater in this country.  If you doubt this, just check out this chart.

And instead of fixing things, Barack Obama is negotiating a secret treaty which will result in millions more American jobs being shipped overseas.  The following is a brief excerpt about this secret treaty from an Australian news source...

The government has refused the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore, saying it will only be made public after it has been signed.

As the final round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership resumed on Sunday, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote to each of the 12 participating nations warning that the deal and the secrecy surrounding it presented ''grave risks''.

So why aren't we hearing much about this secret treaty from U.S. news sources?

If this is going to affect millions of American jobs, shouldn't the mainstream media be making a big deal out of this?

And even if we weren't losing millions of jobs to the other side of the planet, we would still be losing millions of jobs to advancements in technology.  In fact, a CNBC article that was posted earlier this week seems to look forward to the day when nobody will have to worry about the low pay that fast food workers get anymore because they will all be replaced by droids...

Maybe so, but as fast food workers protest low wages and the president of the United States equates hard work with the right to decent pay, the rise of technology once again proves to be no stunt, or laughing matter. McDonald's, where food production is already about as mechanized as food science allows, stopped updating the famous number "served" figure at its restaurants back in 1994—just short of 100 billion—but how long will it be before trillions are served their burgers and fries by a drone, after being cooked by a droid? Those machines work for cheap, and the best thing is, they have no concept of hard work, or dignity, or the foresight to consider whether or not the "cool" things they can do ultimately contribute, or detract, from a strong, consumer-dependent economy.

So what is the solution to all of this?

Where will the millions of desperately needed jobs for "bad America" come from?

Well, it appears that good ideas are in short supply these days.  In fact, some of the ideas being promoted by our "leaders" are absolutely insane.  For example, one prominent entrepreneur recently suggested that the solution to our employment crisis is for Congress to pass an immigration bill which would bring in 30 million more low-skilled workers over the next ten years...

Middle class Americans face a tough future because robots and machinery are eliminating their jobs, according to Steve Case, an entrepreneur who earned roughly $1 billion by creating the first successful internet firm, America Online.

But Congress could help the situation by passing an immigration bill that would import some foreign entrepreneurs and almost 30 million low-skilled workers over the next decade, Case told an audience of D.C. lobbyists and lawyers gathered on Tuesday by the business-backed Bipartisan Policy Center.

Exactly how would this improve the employment situation in this country?

I still cannot figure that one out.

But there are people out there that actually believe this stuff.

Meanwhile, many parts of Europe are suffering through similar things.

The unemployment rate in the eurozone recently hit a new all-time high, and the number of people living in poverty in Europe just continues to grow...

Over 124 million people in the European Union – or almost a quarter of its entire population - live under the threat of poverty or social exclusion, a report by EU’s statistical office has revealed.

Last year, 124.5 million people, or 24.8 percent of Europe’s population were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared to 24.3 percent in 2011 and 23.7 percent in 2008, the Eurostat said in a document published earlier in the week.

So what is going to fix this?

Where are the good jobs for workers in North America and Europe going to come from in the years ahead?

If you have a potential solution, please feel free to share it below...

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  • RICHARD

    It might be a good idea for the government to stop giving all these companies all these tax breaks when they move their jobs over seas. It might also be a good idea for them to end the current trade deals they have made and stop all the ones they want to start. Were getting the shaft.

    • mountainaires

      Yes, we are getting the shaft. But it is Obama who is giving it to us, not capitalism.

      • Rene Girrard

        Wrong again. Crony captialism is also giving us the shaft. Think millions of jobs sent to China and Mexico with the U.S. governments blessing for campaign contributions.

      • jox

        Obama AND Bush AND Clinton AND Bush sr. etc etc.

  • R.A. Brown

    “If you live in “good America”, I very much encourage you to read an excellent piece about homelessness in New York City that was just
    published in the New York Times.”

    I don’t think there are many in that category reading anything on this site. Just like your writings and those of others who write TRUTH are not found in The Wall Street Journal or Barron’s.

  • Imaplaneiac

    So Michael, have you any details as to how many of the homeless in NYC voted – once or twice – for OBEY-me?! And what is their assessment NOW of economic policies of the Dictator and his disciples?!

  • mountainaires

    Give me a break. That article by David Simon was an argument against an economic system that propelled this country into the global economic engine for the past 60 freaking years! You have to be a moron to find Simon’s paean to Marxism credible! Just one more tedious RICH LIBERAL who hates capitalism once he’s rich! God almighty, I thought you had a brain, Mitch. These children and their nightmarish lives are the result of Obama’s MARXIST economic policies for the past 5 years. It isn’t capitalism that is to blame here, it’s the cronyism, the criminalism, and the corruption that is to blame here. When the world is homeless, and people get fed up enough, maybe the world will wake up and remember that we created a global economic engine following WWII–because we had family values, and morals and we believed in integrity and capitalism. Now, we believe in nothing. And so we fall for every propaganda spew that comes our direction. Now, even you are pushing the crap.

    • mountainaires

      Sorry, Michael, not Mitch. But the rest stands.

    • Imaplaneiac

      mountainaires, Have you heard Lt. Col. ( Ret. ) and former Congressman Allen West quote his parent ( his mother, as I recall ): ” If a man stands for NOTHING he will fall for anything “? This aptly describes the ignorant m-asses who ” bought ” OBEY-me’s lies and voted for him!

    • jox

      sir, you have no idea about what a marxist economic policy is. And I remind you that the crisis began with Bush. Don’t let your hatred for Obama transform the reality.

  • K

    Greed is a terrible illness. It allows a person to walk right past someone in need, and not even notice them. For those who could make a difference, and do not. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

    • mountainaires

      That is pure crap! Do you know who gives the most money to help people in need?! Rich people. Do you know who gives NO money to people in need?! Poor people. So stick your trite fecking cliches about “greed” because without people who are driven to success, there would be no one to help those in need! “Greed” pays taxes; “greed” pays for unemployment. And food stamps. Greed pays for homeless shelters!!!

      • K

        There is much anger in you. It is like a gaping wound. One thing I can tell you, money will not heal it.

      • 2Gary2

        not true–the rich give to the opera which does nothing to help the poor. As a % of income the poor give a way higher % to charity than any rich person.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          LOL! Thanks for saying something so utterly stupid it made me LOL.

        • Syrin

          “The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office.

          At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010.”

          See, we are actually implementing YOUR plan of economic destruction with the predictable outcome

        • MeMadMax

          Bill gates, the ex-richest man on the planet, regularly donates billions to charity. In 2013, he donated $28 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which fights global poverty and improves healthcare… And he even isn’t “employed”… He’s just way, way, way, smarter than you… Oh yea, buffet donated around $10b to the same place, one of a few places he donates to.

          • 2Gary2

            as I said and you did not address I said as a % of income. I also said as a group meaning that there are always one offs. Please think before you post.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            http://people.clarkson.edu/~pants/billgates.htm
            Bill earns about 7.8 billion a year. So if he gave 28 billion to his charity foundation in 2013, then (lets do the math here)…. ummm.. carry the one…. Times 2….. Ummmm….divide by the mean….ummmm..
            358% of his income…
            you.are.a.muppet.

            once again. Utterly stupid.

      • prestodo

        If rich people gave money to poor people, there would be no rich or poor. Each person that becomes rich means that 200 other people become poor. The currency supply is elastic, and the rich keep it all to themselves because they are addicted to money and power, and exercising money and power over other people. Greed pays for homeless shelters??? The rich get out of paying taxes, the rich only contribute to charity if it benefits them, not the other way around. The rich are rich because they have learned out to be unfair according to laws that were written in their favor.
        The reason that Jesus said that there would always be poor is because there are always those people who are greedy pigs that will swindle money away from the masses, making themselves rich over time, and the masses poor over time. Jesus also said that a rich man will rarely see the kingdom of heaven.

      • jox

        Absolutely manipulated. Actually, the rich controls the rules of economy so they become more and more rich, letting millions of people being poor and hungry. But at the end they take four or five coins they have in their pocket, pay the shelters, and feel they are ‘good’ and deserve the heaven. But listen, the poor people don’t want unemployment, food stamps nor shelters; they want education and a fair economic system.

      • laura m.

        The churches need to get involved; they do very little in most communities, usually around the holidays. It’s all about big fancy churches, sports teams, and high salaries. They could do so much more for children and ow income elderly..

        • NowAlive

          Agreed, they should be doing more. Unfortunately, you have taxes taken from folks who would otherwise tithe to the church and use it to create scum-hole govt “shelters”. But I still agree with the premise. It’s time for Christians to learn to sacrifice of themselves again.

      • :-)

        You are a very stupid and greedy person. You are one of the heartless people in our country. You sound like a politician that would spend millions of dollars to get into office and help ruin our country. You’re actually using the word greed as if it’s a good thing.

    • MeMadMax

      Bill gates, the ex-richest man on the planet, regularly donates billions to charity. In 2013, he donated $28 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which fights global poverty and improves healthcare… And he even isn’t “employed”… He’s just way, way, way, smarter than you… Oh yea, buffet donated around $10b to the same place, one of a few places he donates to. I could bring up the Koch bros too, but I’m sure ur already looking for ways to personality attack me, so don’t even bother replying…

      • K

        I spoke of greedy people, not rich people. Not all rich people are greedy, but many are. When have I ever attacked you? Usually we agree.

      • jox

        We don’t want their ‘kindness’. We DO want they pay their taxes, and that the rules don’t favor them so much that they become richer and richer.

    • Mondobeyondo

      “Greed…. for lack of a better word – is good.”
      (I didn’t care much for that movie! That line is from “Wall Street”)

      • K

        Yes I recognise it. I could not disagree more. Greed destroys everything it touches. I truly believe in the not too distant future, we will all have to choose. If I never meet you in this life, I do not doubt I will meet you in the next. God bless you.

  • Tim

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

    –Thomas Jefferson

    • Rodster

      Words to live by and hauntingly prophetic. It’s words of wisdom that can be applied to every central bank around the world.

      That’s the sole purpose of CB’s, to enslave those at that bottom while making them poorer and enriching those at the top.

      The scary part is that all the worlds central banks are currently engaged in this practice including the Chinese.

  • davidmpark

    I do; I have a solution.

    Hope nobody minds that most of this might be a bit repetitive from some previous posts. I’ve refined the ideas and expanded a bit. No back up plans yet.

    The federal government is no longer trustworthy as proven by the actions of the majority; no one party is solely at fault – there are many in both parties that have done this, along with the vast majority of the bureaucracy. Congress and the Obama Administration must be held accountable by the citizenry. Obama and his entourage, along with many members of Congress must also be
    brought up on treason charges for giving aid to Al Qaeda in Syria, Fast and Furious gunrunning and murders, IRS targeting, etc. This requires that the state’s convene a Constitutional Congress.

    The Constitutional Congress must pass amendments that limits federal pay for all political and elected offices to $10,000 above poverty level, $15,000 above poverty level for staffers and
    all levels of permanent bureaucrats. No benefits, no overtime, no paid vacations, no pensions – they will pay for that themselves. All existing pensions and benefits will be struck down upon passage: no grandfathering – we no longer have the money to do this. Military will have current pay levels. The amendments will include an abolishment of all public sector unions – their allegiance is to the United States, the taxpayers will decide what their compensations will be. There must also be congressional, judiciary, and bureaucratic term limits. 12 years max for Representatives and all Judges at every level – even Supreme Court. 8 years for all Senators and their staffers (no expanding into the bureaucracy or to stay with other congressmen – they must have limits as well). 8 years max for all bureaucratic offices at EVERY level, in EVERY office with limits placed on contracts and proprietary knowledge.

    Another amendment scales back the overbearing regulations or allow the states to perform those functions without federal oversight. All states have divisions that seem to mimic the feds departments. So, with that, the federal offices that did those functions must be dissolved and the employees laid off with no pensions or compensation. States must roll back their zoning regulations to allow for more home production of foods and needed items. I understand this might cause rifts with states who are used to having the feds act as mediators – but this is why we have Governors; this is their job.

    Next amendment will be interesting – a monetary and budget amendment. The Fed Reserve Bank must be fully audited and liquidated; the dollar’s control in every aspect returned to the Treasury Dept. Treasury must be fully open and honest about the strength of the dollar so measures to strengthen it can be taken. Individual state’s should look into adopting Texas and Utah’s laws allowing gold and silver to be used as currency
    alongside the dollar. These laws on the state level should be expanded to include 95% copper pennies and nickel coins due to the metal content. A balanced budget to pay for the entire federal expenditures must be passed before each the start of the fiscal year. There would be penalties of withholding congressional compensation for 3 months if overdue by even 1 second. If the budget is not passed after 2 months, special elections or recall is allowed.

    After these are accomplished, all Congressional members and the executive branch must be replaced via special elections that will last no longer than 4 months. During this time; the current congress would remain to keep the US safe: Speaker of the House as President Pro-Temp. The current executive administration must be sequestered as hostile until the elections are done and a new congress and executive branch can investigate, convene trails, and punish accordingly.

    The new federals upon taking oath of office must unlock 32% across the board raw material reserves: crude oil, shale oil, all mining products, all rangeland types, water, lumber, etc. and send
    control of these to the states. The states would auction off the resource rights to state citizens only and open up the rest of their own public claims, according to their strengths. Some states have better soils, some have rocky terrain with deposits, while others have great fishing, and so on. More of these areas need to be opened up. They must also lift restrictions that are hindering private claims to be processed, and lift some of the overbearing restrictions in the health and safety category. Raw material reserves are estimated at $120 trillion in the US. We need about $18 trillion right now.

    At the same time, close off the borders and allow no more talks on amnesty. The illegals need to go home now. At this time we cannot support nor supplement 47% of the population that is in dire
    poverty from the actions of their countrymen.

    And here’s the fun part: the new congress will transfer all welfare controls to the states and have everyone on disability resubmit their claims for
    review. I know this will be a pain in the #$%, but it’s needed. I would do it for my wife as well. The administration has bastardized disability designations to include practically anything. The only one’s that should be considered are intellectual disabilities or related conditions, severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), physical disabilities that completely impairs employment, and moderate to severe Autism – less than 1% total US population. The rest are the slackers and freeloaders that should be dropped in it.

    And this new congress will close new federal student loans and funnel the FAFSA grants to under two-year training programs only to train for the newly opened production field jobs, or employers can fill this function and the FAFSA can be closed down. This will make the freeloaders go to work as they’ll earn more than being on disability.

    With a new congress that does this to free up opportunity again, the last step is to overturn all laws passed by executive orders, the Supreme Court (this includes Roe v Wade, Marbury v Madison, etc), and all laws that are in conflict with the context of the Constitution.

    Or we could collapse and fight for our lives in a bloody and destructive balkanized civil war.

    This is the best I could come up with for a solution. I’d rather be productive and work within the Constitution.

    What does everyone else wanna do?

    Come now; don’t be shy!

    • Raymond Dunne

      Very nice, I strongly agree with this and have ideas which could be added. Some thought on my part before I do is needed first though.

      • davidmpark

        Add your ideas! We need solutions and plans!

    • DiscouragedOne

      Good luck getting government to cooperate, you will need it.

    • Moses

      You either don’t want smart politicians, or you are a good-for-nothing socialist. All good capitalists are aware that people only go to work where they are paid the most money. If we only offer politicians $15,000, they will just work at McDonalds!! Then the McDonalds employees will become the politicians and since they are stupid they will raise the MINIMUM WAGE!!

      GOD! COMMUNISTS MAKE ME ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!! (forgive me holy father for my anger)

      • davidmpark

        Communist?! I’m talking about limiting politician pay to $10,000 above poverty level – meaning they only get about $55,000 a year compensation if poverty level is $45,000 per year in the US. The $15,000 above poverty level is for staffers and bureaucrats.

        Second of all, I have no interest in competitive pay for politicos, their staff, or bureaucrats. Capitalism doesn’t apply to elected officials – just the free market. Many of these elected officials and such already have wealth. This compensation allows us to find good men and women who are willing to work as actual public servants with appropriate compensation and term limits. There’s absolutely nothing communist about that.

        Since you are so opinionated, Moses, I would love to hear your ideas. Complaining doesn’t a plan and procedure make.

  • wombobobo

    thanks gary!

  • 2Gary2

    Tax the rich and spread the wealth. The pope is correct-it is sad that the stock market is mentioned if it goes down but when a homeless person dies no one notices.

    Tax the wealthy to keep people healthy.

    I predict a new repudiation of capitalism and a new deal 2.0 coming in the next 5 years. I can’t wait to make the rich and corporations spread their ill gotten wealth.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Were you just as proud of Pope John Paul that helped to defeat your motherland, or are you just enjoying this Poop’s Marxism?

    • Syrin

      Hey stupid. We are already doing that, and, just as with every society before, the end result is economic destruction. You’ll learn when you are in your FEMA camp.

      The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office.

      At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010.

      Lord, are you uninformed, but at least you’re loud enough to let the world know how completely ignorant you are. It must be nice to live in the land of Obamacorns where the basic facts of daily life can be completely ignored. How much is OFA paying you to post your ignorance these days?

      • ism

        That is right. Why get fixed on that doom and gloom . Why not take example from producing members of society.

        For example Hedge Fund Manager Steve Cohen – net worth 9.1 billion dollars. He has a good hobby as well: collecting exclusive real state.

        That guy working real hard. In 2012 he took home 1.2 billion dollars., more then 43000 American median salaries. He is overproducing ( or at least consuming resources of ) medium American country town with working population 43000 . Not easy think to do.

      • 2Gary2

        when you factor in all taxes and not just cherry pick like you did everyone pays the same % for the most part. Also when the 6 waltons have more wealth and income than the bottom 155 million then even by your twisted logic they are not paying their fair share.

        • wombobobo

          you are a clueless piece of garbage

          • 2Gary2

            ok hoss-you can go back into the conservative bubble where reality is optional

      • wombobobo

        gary is beyond repair.

    • GoneWithTheWind

      “Tax the wealthy to keep people healthy.”
      Could you be more stupid? Most of welfare goes for drugs alcohol and tobacco. Most people on welfare like living off the middle class. Payng them more will only guarantee that more people will join the roles of the welfare bums. If YOU want to repudiate capitalism then repudiate the money they earned as well. Tax socialism if you thnk that is such a great system. Why tax the system you think is bad and want to repudiate. Since you already showed how stupid you are I will answer the questin since yu are clueless: You want to tax capitalism because it works and thus there is money to be taxed. You don’t want to and cannot tax socialism because socialism doesn’t work and desn’t generate money. Socialism depends on the use of force to take someone else’s money.

      • 2Gary2

        the vast majority of welfare goes to corporations as well as absurdly low taxes for the rich. We should lift the cap on income subject to ssi tax, tax capital gains as the income it is etc etc.

  • just wondering…..

    7 siblings age 11 and under. Do you think that might be part of the problem?

    • k

      True…along with useless politicians and businessmen, overpopulation is also responsible….

      There is a limit to how many jobs the global economy can create!

      • laura m.

        K: Agree. These kids should be placed for adoption or put in group homes like ones in this city run by churches. Kids over 18 need to be on their own. If people can’t feed them don’t breed them. Get sterilized under medicaid, etc. These parents are unfit losers/dopers.

        • NowAlive

          So your solution is forced sterilization by the government or kidnapping by the same group. Wow. Most of us on here oppose the govt power grabs but your philosophy is to further empower it? When someone loves their children but does not meet your subjective standard of living, then punish them. Hitler loves you!

          • laura m.

            now alive: I implied the dopers and irresponsible losers don’t breed; I did not say forced sterilization but to get it done free if indigent.. The stupid/dopers/ unproductive selfish ones don’t seek birth control, and keep breeding anyway. Kids w/loser parents deserve to live in decent surroundings in home settings. The parent of the child should willingly place him or her in a decent setting if they truly care, some churches/ministries will assist in placement..

          • DiscouragedOne

            What proof do you have that your assertions are correct, other than your own opinion?

          • davidmpark

            Agreed! Screw eugenics!

        • DiscouragedOne

          I think making a generalized statement like “they are all losers/dopers” is ignorant on your part.

      • NowAlive

        It’s not overpopulation. There will always be impoverished people. The problem is really that people’s hearts have grown cold. We as a nation and world are insanely greedy. There is plenty of cash to help these people. It’s just “sticking” in the upper one percent, never making it down to the other 99%. If the top 10% of this country went on a spending spree, or better yet, paid their workers better, the jobs would increase and their would be prosperity. Taxes won’t help because they’re used to encourage bad behavior. These people need a new heart. There’s no reason for NY to be one of the most expensive places to live, including taxes, and for the Brooklyn Zoo animals to have better living arrangements. Sickening.

        • k

          There will always be impoverished people, but if the population is more than the economy can handle…there will be more impoverished people.

    • Mustard Seed

      So, by your reasoning, people with only one child (or no child) don’t have these problems.
      Yeah, right.

  • Alasha

    the was the saddest story i heard in awhile. several of the siblings were handicap and both parents were on synthetic methadone…. yet the little girl still made the honor roll at her school.

    Dear Father please watch over and help this family. Amen.

    • davidmpark

      You are a good person, Alasha.

      I agree with this and am happy you prayed for them; but should also add that this family, and others like them, MUST be found.

      Disciples of Christ are also angels wearing human clothes by our own choice. Faith and actions together.

      • Alasha

        Agreed. Here in the Tri-state area of NYC davidmpark – homelessness abounds. honestly, i think the reporter of this story had a unique opoprtunity. Yes, to get the story out but also perhaps render some aid? mmmmmmm

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  • ob

    This is what happens when you allow credit creation to be the means of wealth creation. The class which creates credit eventually owns all the wealth.
    The difference between today and the 1930′s is that in the 1930′s asset values (and credit bubbles) were allowed to deflate. And although the pain was immense — it was relatively short lived. This time around, the pain will last decades, because the powers-that-be have their tentacles wrapped around fiscal policy and are refusing to allow asset prices to deflate. Instead, they are encouraging new credit to people in an effort to maintain their asset values — and further entrench the population into debt servitude.

  • Rene Girrard

    Thanks Michael for a good article. You seem to be the only guy in America that cares about the dwindling middle class.
    Do you drive a Ford? The documentaries I’ve seen on Ford portray him as a brutalizing his workers on the assembly line. He almost beat those people to death. The average length of employment was about 4 months. Ford was just another rich guy oppressing the middle class and lower middle class. You couldn’t even take bathroom breaks wihtout the fear of losing your job.

    • Frank Bell

      Henry Ford also gave annual birthday gifts of 50,000 deutsch marks to Adolph Hitler.

      Go figure!

      • BellaLoca

        Henry Ford was also a anti-Semite. He hated Jews. To this day, I would never buy a Ford because of that.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I don’t drive a Ford, but both of our vehicles are American-made.

      Michael

      • DiscouragedOne

        No such thing, cars are “global” now, all of them.

  • DJohn1

    What is happening economically in this country has happened before.
    There are 4 churches in my town giving away dinners to anyone that wants to come to the churches and eat.They do this often every month.
    These churches are both Catholic and Protestant working together for the common good of the community.
    What is needed is training. When God closes one door, he often opens a window of opportunity. If the old way we made a living dies, then we have to do what is needed to make a living another way.
    The only way out of the current situation will require people to step up and change things for the better.
    We need leaders that can think out of the box. We need leaders that will rebuild the foundations that made this country what it has been in the past.
    This is going to take a new kind of leader. Not one trained in college. One that is trained by experience in working the jobs people work and knowing what they do for a living.
    It is difficult for any educated person to know jobs below their station if they did not earn those positions by coming up and doing all the jobs under their command.
    We as a nation have glass ceilings beyond which people without formal education can never earn a place.
    This was started after WWII. Many a battlefield officer had to go back to school and get a college degree in order to keep their officer rank. This was forced on them. Industry has done the same thing.
    Yet I know a number of professions that have high wages. Getting into them is the trick.
    Everything from building garage doors, garage door openers, plumbing, electricity, carpentry, heating and air conditioning, and I am sure there are many more professions that pay a good living wage. What they all have in common is they are service related industries.
    Even auto mechanics have had to go back and learn a lot of their profession over again because of technology. The reward has been much higher wages than they could have other wise earned.
    WE as a nation have to quit crying about the foreign competition and we have to do something about it.

    The number one rule is never run away from our troubles.
    The number two rule is to never give up fighting for what you want out of life.
    At the very next election we have to elect people that are going to get us out of this situation. That means those elected people are going to have to go to work for a change.
    In the meantime we have to help each other over the rough times. It means keeping each other going when the going gets tough.
    I knew an old marine. He died about a year ago. But he knew more about cars and handy man work than anyone I have ever known. He could fix the plumbing that went wrong. He fixed cars. He fixed simple electrical things. He could repair washers and dryers. The point is he worked and he never quit. He kept fighting.

    The old man smoked. I think he got cancer and that was what killed him. He wasn’t smart in everything but he was human and he cared. He was relatively young when he died. He was 57.
    There are a lot of old people out there just like him. The point is no matter how bad it gets, keep fighting for what you want. And that is what America is going to have to do to get back what we once had.

  • Frank Bell

    I don’t get it! Why are stocks rising, rising, rising – and nobody goes on the streets to protest the obvious:

    That the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.

    And no, I am not a communist, this is just common sense.

    If you don’t agree, just go back to the sixties and seventies and compare the situation of a normal family then and now. It should be obvious!

    Why are people sitting at home, waiting for the next football game, without taking action? Have we really been dumbed down?

    • jox

      Because people don’t see a possible solution. But beware, because people is getting more angry every day, and just a spark can make explode the society. Or a populist leader such as Hitler.

  • PeaceAngel

    People have to stop making babies they cannot afford to feed and that fixes the child homeless problem in the next two decades.

    • guest

      we cannot do it just in this country or we will be overwhelmed and swarmed by the exploding population growth around the rest of the world. the main problem – we have to help the children of the irresponsible, but we can’t deny their right to have more children. solution – we have to make the irresponsible responsible. how? – put something in the world water supply that prevents pregnancy. anybody that wants to have a baby can get the antidote – no questions asked. however, there will be no support or assistance from the tax payers. also, people that are abusing their children won’t be allowed the antidote in the future and people that aren’t able to provide for their children will have to improve their situation before they can have another child. we must make having
      a baby a special event not a burden on the responsible hard-working tax payers.
      responsible people have 1 or 2 children starting at about the age of 30. irresponsible people 5 or 6 children starting at about the age of 15. do the math, the responsible can’t keep up. it will end badly.

  • Jackie Milton

    This is the reason i advocate a eugenics program in this country. Irresponsible people should not be allowed to breed. I use the word breed because they are more akin to animals than human.

    • davidmpark

      Mass murder is not an acceptable option. And if you dare advocate the genocide of your fellow countrymen – I don’t care what problems they have or their circumstances, I will oppose you even to my own demise!

      How DARE you bring up eugenics!

      How DARE you side with the worst evil of murdering those who are victims of your ideology. The vulnerable amongst us deserve our empathy and charity; not to murder their children nor themselves!!

      They do not need such treatment – hasn’t your ideological religion of death done enough to harm them! Such cruelty will not be tolerated!

    • jox

      If somebody is more animal than human, this is you. The eugenics program should start with you.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    Not a pretty picture. The Elites in this country are no longer nationalists. They are trans nationalists. America is no longer a country so much as just another free trade zone. Letting in another 20-30MM immigrants should complete the process. This will be the death knell for the Old America once and for all. It will also be the end of our freedoms and protections. The Constitution will be unceremoniously dumped into the dustbin of history. Maybe we will be required to rise each morning before our state issued portrait of Obama and sing songs of loyalty and adoration. Big Brother will be listening in to ensure appropriate fervor.
    New York and our other urban centers will become like Sao Paolo. The wealthy living in armed fortresses protected by their own private armies and traveling about in armored limos. The masses will be left to their own devices and if they suffer well…that is the price of the New World Order! We have only begun to witness the surveillance of our lives by the authorities.
    Just in from the Washington Times. Private citizens have been ordered to turn in their guns! What’s really happening is the NYC elites want to disarm the masses. You can be sure their entourage will be licensed to carry.

  • HistoryStrong

    I recently watch the Rome tv series I have on DVD and noticed one of the things in the series that gave rise to Gaius Julius Caesar’s rise to power and investigated it. Apparently, it was true what happened. In the Roman republic, the rich aristocracy owned everything. To keep the wealth and power in their hands, they had slaves do the work they once hired Roman citizens to do. They didn’t have to pay the slaves anything because they were slaves. This caused massive unemployment. GJC came to power riding on a platform of helping the common citizen and promoting welfare and public works. We all know he really desired power but it worked and he did keep his promises. This alienated him from the senate (made up of the aristocracy). They murdered him to “save the republic.” Little did they know, their republic was already dead and this murder just allowed Octavian to rise to power and solidify the Roman Empire into existence. The conditions in the Roman republic are very similar to what’s going on today. Roman citizens are us, the aristocracy/senate are politicians and bankers, and the slaves are cheap overseas labor workers. Obama may have a nero complex, but he is no Caesar. No, he is the last, if not one of the last, of the aristocracy of the American republic before we fall into the American Empire. We are falling just like Rome as a republic and the future Empire will fall just as Rome did – from within and “Barbarians,” as we deem them, will be the ones to take over. History is just repeating itself.

  • Walter Gerhardt

    drip, drip, drip
    Cypress bank “bail in” the Detroit pensions wiped out
    drip, drip, drip
    you hardly see it until its’ too late

  • Ralfine

    Here can all the pro-life guys get active.

    If abortion is a sin, then give the families a home.

  • smallergovnow

    Reduce the size of Govt, reduce corporate tax rates, eliminate the EPA and most of the onerous regulations, make it competetive to start a business here again. Look at companies and people leaving California in droves. That should tell you all you need to know…

  • Quitpullingmychain

    Have a child at 13 then spread your legs to any sperm donator that comes along for the next 20 years there by increasing the size of your welfare check, drop out of school, become addicted to drugs and believe it is someone else’s duty to take care of your problems and you have homeless children. Do the opposite and you have a chance, not a guarantee but an equal chance to make it in America.

    • DiscouragedOne

      This isn’t just single Moms, there are homeless families.

  • Raymond Dunne

    I agree with some of the statements here. There is a lot of work, real work, that needs to be done right here in this country. Much of the infrastructure is falling apart, meanwhile society is slowly beginning to crumble beside it. People who are able to work should be working. I am willing and able to work as hard as I can but because I haven’t lived a “perfect” life, I have the hardest time finding even a crappy job. I see so many things that need to our should be done and nobody is working on anything. Nothing seems to get fixed until something goes wrong, often horribly, and someone, usually it has to be someone “important”, gets hurt or killed and then the “fixes” are the cheapest “patch and pray” fixes necessary to get things back up and running. There are many jobs that can be created and many jobs should be done better. People who are not able to contribute productively toward a better place for everyone must be taken care of however there are many who abuse the welfare system and still others who simply gave up because they weren’t given a chance for opportunity and it is their only other option besides adding to the homeless population. These people should be put to work even if only able to do the mindless work that many smart people are forced to do because of a lack of true opportunity to succeed in a favorable trade. We need to get our citizens back to work and not treat them as just one step above being a slave. Being paid next to nothing and expected to break your back for it is not much better than being paid nothing at all, for at least a true slave has a place to be. Many responsible hard working people are one stumble away from homelessness and this is not a good place to be, especially when even homelessness is becoming a “crime”. I read an article where homeless people in large cities are being shipped off to FEMA camps and if they resist, they get thrown in jail. Jail is another problem altogether. Many decent people are rotting in jail for victimless crimes while truly corrupt people are being put on pedestals and allowed to run things that they have no businesses doing all the while committing heinous crimes behind closed doors. There are many many things that could be done much differently to make the world a much better place, however as long as greedy criminals are allowed to remain in positions of power and control and have their greed fueled by other greed while the common man is reduced to almost nothing, things will only continue to get worse. If and when we will attempt to topple the corrupt powers that be and get back to basics is yet to be determined, if it is still not too late. In any case, the greedy are not going to go down without a fight and they are stockpiled with resources. I think that is what people are afraid of, coupled with society’s unawareness, who knows if we even have a chance!

  • Tom_F

    People without the skills, money, or interest to raise children should be PAID not to have children. Yes, I know it seems cruel and awful, but we are looking at the results of “freedom” and “rights” and it isn’t working.
    I am tired of having my heart broken. “Compassion fatigue”. These homeless children are a sad tale, but what am I to do about it (except throw more money at the problem?) The people who have these kids should do the right thing and release them. They cannot raise these children without the basics a homeless person doesn’t have. Release them to a relative, or (last resort) the government.

    • nekksys

      I’m a supporter of “Reproduction Licensing.” I know that would mean MORE gov’t intrusion but no more than getting a dirver’s license with one exception: Once you have 2 kids, you’re done. You get sterilized after that.

      Unfortunately, the whole of the problem goes far deeper than people being unfit to raise kids. The constant dumbing down of our people, the emphasis put on sex and sexual performance by media producers, “entertainment” creators and Big Pharma, the over-riding sense of entitlement by so many in the middle and upper classes, a complete lack of compassion in our society and a total absence of common cultural factors are among the contributing factors.

      The solution, however, is pretty simple: We, as a People, need to start seeing ourselves as a Unified People who share a Common Culture and not as individuals who are pieces of the many sub-cultures within this nation. This nation, Our nation, was born under a single flag under which those of all nations could come and become part of this culture.

      Up until the 1950′s, we had a relatively unified culture. Thirty years later, we ruined that by introducing greed as a cultural norm. Today, we have people who see nothing wrong with promiscuity or greed. When did we let go of rational principles in favor of temporary self-aggrandizement?

  • Wally

    I feel like Mr. Wordsworth from The Twilight Zone’s “Obsolete Man” episode. The middle class and down is no longer of any worth to the elite. We are obsolete. All we do for society now is breath their air, eat their food, drink their water, use their resources (man made and natural). Things are coming to an end and I am afraid things are going to get much much worse.

  • http://www.jesus-on-taxes.com/ Ned Netterville

    I do have a solution: free the market from government. The free market is a theoretical proposition that can only exist in the absence of government force and taxation. Today there are many people who blame the “free market” for the plight of the poor you so well portray in you article. But this is nonsense because there is no free market to blame. What is called the free market by those who do not understand economics isn’t even a shadow of what a real free market would look like. The real free market could and would alleviate poverty where ever it existed like no other force imaginable short of fantasy. It wouldn’t end poverty, because many of the causes of poverty are the result of factors that have nothing to do with economics or the economy. The free market is real in the sense that it is a real possibility, but for now it exists only in theory. We can change that.

    As I said, the free market cannot exist where there is government force to distort it and force it to work for government and government’s special interests rather than for all of the participants in a free market. So the problem is force, violence, Physically pushing and punishing others–legally. That is essentially what government does, and we can do without it. We must do without it if we are ever to achieve a reasonable degree of equality of wealth. One of the features of the free market is that it will provide the most equitable distribution of wealth that is possible. And it will produce the maximum amount of wealth possible at any moment in time.

    Of course force doesn’t just happen, so underlying the problem of force are those folks who use it to get what they want. And here we meet the Pogo effect. Pogo was a lovable, wise cartoon character who famously said, paraphrasing a War of 1812 Naval hero, who, after capturing an enemy armada, sent word to his commander, “We have met the enemy, and he is ours.” Pogo rephrased the comment slightly to state a universal truth: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” We depend on government’s initiation of force against harmless people in order to collect the taxes that provide us with so many benefits, from national security to federal programs to succor the poor. Need I point out that relying on force for any purpose, noble or vile, is akin to feeding the King Cobra that will eventually kill you.

    There was a time less than 250 years ago when three quarters of the world’s people lived in one form of bondage or another. Then in London in 1778 twelve men came together to do the impossible: to abolish slavery from the British Empire. In less than a hundred years, their campaign, the Abolition Movement, had succeeded in ending slavery not only in England and its colonies but in America as well. Today, only vestiges of slavery remain, but a close cousin of slavery, taxation, debilitates people everywhere. When those intrepid abolitionists began, virtually no one anywhere thought that the world could get along without slavery. Today the same sort of thinkers doubt the world can do without taxes and the governments that are dependent thereon. But if we want to do something about egregious poverty, abolishing taxation is the single most efficacious thing we can do. It may well be all we have to do beyond our own generosity and love for our neighbors–all of them.

  • Brother Tim

    First love GOD and people also people have to get educated about money. Mike Melony have free videos showing people how the central banks work and how they steal our money. People today don’t want to accept the truth. It amazes me people steal believe Barack Obama wants to helps us. What is it going to take for people to wake up and get out of this false dream. You tell people the truth they don’t want to hear it or believe it. As long as people watch the crappy news on TV and stay focus on sports those up top will continue to take advantage of poor. There is so many problems we should start with removing the central banks and fractional reserve banking. If we don’t remove those 2 horrible things out of our system its only going to get worst.

    • Eric Quintero

      Even though newscasters have reportedly said, “We’re kicking the can down the road,” most people still dont know what this means. Or maybe they dont want to accept it.

      What do they think is going to happen to this once we cant kick the can anymore? Or are we going to kick it forever? Or maybe government will just fix everything. Yeah, that’s good, they’re smart. Our taxes pay people to fix these problems.

      Fools.

      The numbers are incredible now. Its pretty much a mathematical certainty that we’re going to crash big. The probability of any of this ending well is near zero. And people STILL dont want to wake up.

      However, I have started opening people’s eyes with this blog and SHTF plan.

  • krinks

    Elections have consequences. When a people like New York City continues to vote for big gov’t who treats the private sector as a cash cow to the point that the private sector runs for the hills year after year, they end up unable to find jobs to support themselves. They asked for it, they voted for it, they got it. No sympathy here.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I feel sorry for the kids.

      • BellaLoca

        I feel sorry for the kids and those who legitimately cannot help themselves. But it is the liberal areas where joblessness and homelessness is most prevalent.

        • DiscouragedOne

          Honestly, I am getting tired of the politics. Both major parties are not doing a good job, we need a total government overhaul if we want any real “change”, otherwise it is just smoke and mirrors.

  • Mustard Seed

    The number of poor and homeless people is hyperinflating.

    The number of unemployed/underemployed is hyperinflating.

    The number of people getting kicked off their medical insurance is hyperinflating.

    The national debt is hyperinflating.
    But we are told “America is doing great,” because the stock market is hyperinflating.
    Yeah, right…

  • Mondobeyondo

    It is a crying shame that in this land of plenty, there are so many people in despair. There really are two Americas. The one where people relate to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, the Kardashians, the high and mighty with platters full of food, et. al.
    And then there’s the rest of us.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      How are things going for you these days Mondo?

      Better I hope…

      Michael

  • piccadillybabe

    It wass hard enough to raise a family in good times, i.e. 1950s and early 60s when just about every body who worked had a house, car, a few kids, had vacation time, and a pension to look forward to. Also 9 times out of 10 mom stayed home. You certainly cannot say that applies to the world we live in today. Some people are just oblivious to the fact that it costs like $100K to raise a kid today. Who makes that kind of money, not many. It’s not difficult to see why so many kids are impoverished and it will not improve the way things are going. So why are some trying to live like Ozzie and Harriet and June and Ward Cleaver?

  • NoSheDidn’t

    I know this is not a brand new idea, I’ve seen websites with this same concept online: how about self sufficient sustainable communities? Screw globalism, it has been the poison to the world. Globalism=one world order. I admire the Amish communities, they help each other and are self sufficient for the most part. I don’t think we have to wait for the whole economy to go down the drain to start bartering, taking care of each other…we need to cut the chord and be productive. But then again ‘opportunity is missed by most people because it wears overalls and looks like work”. We could let in millions of immigrants but if all they want is a “free ride” and compete with the local freeloaders for the working class tax sponsored welfare benefits then it will never work out.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Most of this is a result of mental illness, alcohol or drugs. Usually when someone become homeless simply as a result of losing a job or other economic reasons they take steps to solve their problem and are off the homeless roles quickly.

    • DiscouragedOne

      You can’t “resolve” it unless you can find another job, and the job market is NOT recovering, not at all.

      • BellaLoca

        Exactly, Discouraged. How does one get back up on their feet when there is nothing to take hold of to pull oneself up with?

        • DiscouragedOne

          They don’t, and that is why our government (mainly Federal and many states, but also some local) is a freaking joke, but the joke is on US!

  • wombobobo

    gary for excrement of the year!

  • Tatiana Covington

    Birth control, birth control, birth control…

    Avoid sexual intercourse and this problem will vanish fairly quickly.

  • TR

    Best argument for abortion: “Look in a mirror.”

    Be fruitful & multiply & let the children suffer.

  • FounderChurch

    First of all, there is no such thing as “Homelessness.” It is a Democrat madeup word. Everyone on earth has a home of some sort. Some trash just don’t want to live there.

    Proof of this is that only wealthy countries have this strange imagined madeup thing. Really poor countries report no such phenomena.

    This proves the whole thing is a Democrat fairy tale invented to make Republicans feel guilty so they will cough up more money to “deal” with this non-existent “problem.” Google “FounderChurch”

    • Eric Quintero

      I live in Chicago. There are in fact homeless people. They do exist. I see them all the time. A few live in my neighborhood.

      Some people really lose everything. Their family, their job, their support system and end up at rock bottom. Its real. Don’t be naive and turn homelessness into another frivolous red vs blue debate.

      • FounderChurch

        You are a silly goose that is being duped by yourself and the Democrats, or you are just a liar.

        • ian

          dude…you need psychiatric treatment. Or is that a liberal conspiracy as well?

          • FounderChurch

            Your uneducated low class shows through when you use the Ghetto term “dude.” I have no respect for you at all.

          • Eric Quintero

            Well, I am educated and middle class. I also served in the Marine Corps where I traveled to many many cities around the country. Ive seen rampant poverty all throughout this nation and I have seen homelessness not only here in Chicago but in Baltimore, Raleigh, Pittsburgh and San Diego to name a few.

            Its there and its real. Stop trolling about.

          • FounderChurch

            I’m not trolling, I’m correcting you. Stop talking like a Ghetto dweller and start talking like an educated person, and I will treat you as such.

            As for your DEMOCRAT-COMMIE ideas on the subject of “poverty” which is another Democrat Fairy Tale that never was, and is not now, they are just plain wrong, and unAmerican and unBiblical.

            Finally having posted for many years, I have enough brains to not believe a single word anyone states about themselves, as I have no way of verifying what they say is true.

            Therefore, stop waving around your alleged military service or anything else about your own personal experience or qualifications to hold an opinion. Just stick to the debate subject if you don’t mind. Thank You,

            PS: Calling people Trolls is a sure fire indication you are not educated. Saying it is a perfect example of what a Troll would do. So, stop Troll name calling if you want to get any respect.

          • 2guest2

            Flounder, I’m sure that 99% of the bloggers here have zero respect for you! Why don’t you go ‘google’ yourself!

      • FounderChurch

        You are a dupe of the Democrats or you are one and are lying. In any case government can’t help these people to the extent they exist at all, and you are not helping them by your cheap candy sweet approach that just pushes them farther down.

    • DiscouragedOne

      There are plenty of homeless people, and more and more all the time, get a grip dude, you live in an alternate universe.

  • Shane Shaw

    is it a coincidence that these children are usually found in large liberal/democratic controlled cities? I don’t think so…

    • BellaLoca

      You observe well.

  • FounderChurch

    This country is so sick that even the grass roots are dead and decayed, and the Churches and the Conservatives are part of the problem along with the totally demonic Democrats. May God either intervene to fix this earth or mercifully destroy it.

    • Eric Quintero

      How about YOU do something. God gave you two hands and a mind to work with. He also have you chevrolegs to commute with. Jesus was a carpenter and a eventually a spiritual wayfarer who used his feet to walk with and his hands and mind to work with. Use these tools! The Lord works THROUGH you. Forsaking your God given abilities and tools is the sin of Sloth.

      And spitting out this abyss of negativity and casting blame in every direction is not the Lord’s work, but in fact the work of the deceiver.

      God’s intervention is going to come through us. Understand that. WE have to be the change. WE have to decide our future. WE have to carry out the Lord’s work. And that doesn’t include destroying all hope and leaving it up to whatever some magical deity commands.

      • FounderChurch

        You write ignorantly. I don’t believe you have any education worthy of the name. You expose yourself with your bad spelling and bad grammar and syntax. Finally, you expose yourself as an unbeliever by called God “some magical deity.” So you not only are a disloyal American but a God hater as well. Well, now we know about you, right out of your own mouth. Did you ever hear the old saying, “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Just a word to the wise.

  • lcs1956

    Since the overall population is constantly increasing it stands to reason that eventually the number of homeless children in NYC will reach the level of the Great Depression. How about using a ratio (this is what is called dividing one number by another, for NYT readers).

  • http://www.foreverflavor.org/ Melissa

    sick and tired of articles like this. nobody cares enough to do anything about it but expose it. yeah the country is divided and this is clearly written by a liberal who never had to work a day in their life. am i rite?

  • getfuked

    solution #1…Revolution #2….suicide #3…revert to #1 or #2

    • sonofseawolf

      Hi getfuked,
      #1 wont happen most homeless are as powerless as you and I are. probably even more so. #2 white suicide is so mainstream now even the ms. indian-american comments on it. still thank you for such a great post. Happy holidays white humans
      protect yourself at all times 14/5

  • James Mandolare

    It is the American value of total materialism that is at fault here. When the world realizes that Spiritual values are more important than material wealth: that our human experience is about caring and sharing than about some accident of birth that allows you to live free of any care-or allows you to live in abject poverty-and that the two must never meet. This is the result of living for mere things and not for each other. If we were taught to care about other people instead of gobbling up the world for ourselves: we could live without money and work for each other. We could admit that this is a travesty and that greed is destroying our planet and our souls. Only then will we find the courage and the will to give up this Colonial Capita;ism and invent a new system of government and economy that reflects the vastly different consciousness that has evolved over the last 50 years.

    • DiscouragedOne

      What has happened over the last 50 years has not been good for this country.

  • scarfolk

    Legalizing drugs will create more jobs as it will bring a massive amount of economic activity into the purview of the legal economy and will eliminate waste associated with black markets. Legalizing prostitution will also create more jobs.

  • Nicnak

    Spanish flu was the solution!

  • Arizona

    YOU guys don’t have to worry about whats coming,THE LORD told you “what you do to the least,you do to me”,seeing as how americans love destroying anyone who can’t fight back,NOW you face total destruction at the hands of your own government,THEY will take everything you have ,and then KILL you for being homeless.”What goes around,COMES AROUND”,you forgot that, didn’t you………..

  • Hank Kingsley

    Quick, give a billion Benny bucks to Lloyd and Jamie, that will surely help the ‘recovery’… /sarc

  • Mike Smithy

    NYC is a cesspool and deserves to reap the whirlwind of 50 years of liberal politics and fiscal malfeasance.

  • Ziad K Abdelnour

    Sad indeed but things are not about to get better given the way we are dealing with the fiscal and economic issues at hand.

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