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The Tunnel People That Live Under The Streets Of America

The Tunnel People That Live Under The Streets Of America - Photo by Claude Le BerreDid you know that there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people that are living underground beneath the streets of major U.S. cities?  It is happening in Las Vegas, it is happening in New York City and it is even happening in Kansas City.  As the economy crumbles, poverty in the United States is absolutely exploding and so is homelessness.  In addition to the thousands of "tunnel people" living under the streets of America, there are also thousands that are living in tent cities, there are tens of thousands that are living in their vehicles and there are more than a million public school children that do not have a home to go back to at night.  The federal government tells us that the recession "is over" and that "things are getting better", and yet poverty and homelessness in this country continue to rise with no end in sight.  So what in the world are things going to look like when the next economic crisis hits?

When I heard that there were homeless people living in a network of underground tunnels beneath the streets of Kansas City, I was absolutely stunned.  I have relatives that live in that area.  I never thought of Kansas City as one of the more troubled cities in the United States.

But according to the Daily Mail, police recently discovered a network of tunnels under the city that people had been living in...

Below the streets of Kansas City, there are deep underground tunnels where a group of vagrant homeless people lived in camps.

These so-called homeless camps have now been uncovered by the Kansas City Police, who then evicted the residents because of the unsafe environment.

Authorities said these people were living in squalor, with piles of garbage and dirty diapers left around wooded areas.

The saddest part is the fact that authorities found dirty diapers in the areas near these tunnels.  That must mean that babies were being raised in that kind of an environment.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing is happening all over the nation.  In recent years, the tunnel people of Las Vegas have received quite a bit of publicity all over the world.  It has been estimated that more than 1,000 people live in the massive network of flood tunnels under the city...

Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar.

But astonishingly, the 200 miles of flood tunnels are also home to 1,000 people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly.

Some, like Steven and his girlfriend Kathryn, have furnished their home with considerable care - their 400sq ft 'bungalow' boasts a double bed, a wardrobe and even a bookshelf.

Could you imagine living like that?  Sadly, for an increasing number of Americans a "normal lifestyle" is no longer an option.  Either they have to go to the homeless shelters or they have to try to eke out an existence on their own any way that they can.

In New York City, authorities are constantly trying to root out the people that live in the tunnels under the city and yet they never seem to be able to find them all.  The following is from a New York Post article about the "Mole People" that live underneath New York City...

The homeless people who live down here are called Mole People. They do not, as many believe, exist in a separate, organized underground society. It's more of a solitary existence and loose-knit community of secretive, hard-luck individuals.

The New York Post followed one homeless man known as "John Travolta" on a tour through the underground world.  What they discovered was a world that is very much different from what most New Yorkers experience...

In the tunnels, their world is one of malt liquor, tight spaces, schizophrenic neighbors, hunger and spells of heat and cold. Travolta and the others eat fairly well, living on a regimented schedule of restaurant leftovers, dumped each night at different times around the neighborhood above his foreboding home.

Even as the Dow hits record high after record high, poverty in New York City continues to rise at a very frightening pace.  Incredibly, the number of homeless people sleeping in the homeless shelters of New York City has increased by a whopping 19 percent over the past year.

In many of our major cities, the homeless shelters are already at maximum capacity and are absolutely packed night after night.  Large numbers of homeless people are often left to fend for themselves.

That is one reason why we have seen the rise of so many tent cities.

Yes, the tent cities are still there, they just aren't getting as much attention these days because they do not fit in with the "economic recovery" narrative that the mainstream media is currently pushing.

In fact, many of the tent cities are larger than ever.  For example, you can check out a Reuters video about a growing tent city in New Jersey that was posted on YouTube at the end of March right here.  A lot of these tent cities have now become permanent fixtures, and unfortunately they will probably become much larger when the next major economic crisis strikes.

But perhaps the saddest part of all of this is the massive number of children that are suffering night after night.

For the first time ever, more than a million public school children in the United States are homeless.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

So if things are really "getting better", then why in the world do we have more than a million public school children without homes?

These days a lot of families that have lost their homes have ended up living in their vehicles.  The following is an excerpt from a 60 Minutes interview with one family that is living in their truck...

This is the home of the Metzger family. Arielle,15. Her brother Austin, 13. Their mother died when they were very young. Their dad, Tom, is a carpenter. And, he's been looking for work ever since Florida's construction industry collapsed. When foreclosure took their house, he bought the truck on Craigslist with his last thousand dollars. Tom's a little camera shy - thought we ought to talk to the kids - and it didn't take long to see why.

Pelley: How long have you been living in this truck?

Arielle Metzger: About five months.

Pelley: What's that like?

Arielle Metzger: It's an adventure.

Austin Metzger: That's how we see it.

Pelley: When kids at school ask you where you live, what do you tell 'em?

Austin Metzger: When they see the truck they ask me if I live in it, and when I hesitate they kinda realize. And they say they won't tell anybody.

Arielle Metzger: Yeah it's not really that much an embarrassment. I mean, it's only life. You do what you need to do, right?

But after watching a news report or reading something on the Internet about these people we rapidly forget about them because they are not a part of "our world".

Another place where a lot of poor people end up is in prison.  In a previous article, I detailed how the prison population in the United States has been booming in recent years.  If you can believe it, the United States now has approximately 25 percent of the entire global prison population even though it only has about 5 percent of the total global population.

And these days it is not just violent criminals that get thrown into prison.  If you lose your job and get behind on your bills, you could be thrown into prison as well.  The following is from a recent CBS News article...

Roughly a third of U.S. states today jail people for not paying off their debts, from court-related fines and fees to credit card and car loans, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Such practices contravene a 1983 United States Supreme Court ruling that they violate the Constitutions's Equal Protection Clause.

Some states apply "poverty penalties," such as late fees, payment plan fees and interest, when people are unable to pay all their debts at once. Alabama charges a 30 percent collection fee, for instance, while Florida allows private debt collectors to add a 40 percent surcharge on the original debt. Some Florida counties also use so-called collection courts, where debtors can be jailed but have no right to a public defender. In North Carolina, people are charged for using a public defender, so poor defendants who can't afford such costs may be forced to forgo legal counsel.

The high rates of unemployment and government fiscal shortfalls that followed the housing crash have increased the use of debtors' prisons, as states look for ways to replenish their coffers. Said Chettiar, "It's like drawing blood from a stone. States are trying to increase their revenue on the backs of the poor."

If you are poor, the United States can be an incredibly cold and cruel place.  Mercy and compassion are in very short supply.

The middle class continues to shrink and poverty continues to grow with each passing year.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one out of every six Americans is now living in poverty.  And if you throw in those that are considered to be "near poverty", that number becomes much larger.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either "poor" or "low income".

For many more facts about the rapid increase of poverty in this country, please see my previous article entitled "21 Statistics About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Everyone Should Know".

But even as poverty grows, it seems like the hearts of those that still do have money are getting colder.  Just check out what happened recently at a grocery store that was in the process of closing down in Augusta, Georgia...

Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.

The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”

Can you imagine watching that happen?

But of course handouts and charity are only temporary solutions.  What the poor in this country really need are jobs, and unfortunately there has not been a jobs recovery in the United States since the recession ended.

In fact, the employment crisis looks like it is starting to take another turn for the worse.  The number of layoffs in the month of March was 30 percent higher than the same time a year ago.

Meanwhile, small businesses are indicating that hiring is about to slow down significantly.  According to a recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, small businesses in the United States are extremely pessimistic right now.  The following is what Goldman Sachs had to say about this survey...

Components of the survey were consistent with the decline in headline optimism, as the net percent of respondents planning to hire fell to 0% (from +4%), those expecting higher sales fell to -4% (from +1%), and those reporting that it is a good time to expand ticked down to +4% (from +5%). The net percent of respondents expecting the economy to improve was unchanged at -28%, a very depressed level. However, on the positive side, +25% of respondents plan increased capital spending [ZH: With Alcoa CapEx spending at a 2 year low]. Small business owners continue to place poor sales, taxes, and red tape at the top of their list of business problems, as they have for the past several years.

So why aren't our politicians doing anything to fix this?

For example, why in the world don't they stop millions of our jobs from being sent out of the country?

Well, the truth is that they don't think we have a problem.  In fact, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson recently said that U.S. trade deficits "don't matter".

He apparently does not seem alarmed that more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities have been shut down in the United States since 2001.

And since the last election, the White House has seemed to have gone into permanent party mode.

On Tuesday, another extravagant party will be held at the White House.  It is being called "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul", and it is going to include some of the biggest names in the music industry...

As the White House has previously announced, Justin Timberlake (who will be making his White House debut), Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, and others will be performing at the exclusive event.

And so who will be paying for all of this?

You and I will be.  Even as the Obamas cry about all of the other "spending cuts" that are happening, they continue to blow millions of taxpayer dollars on wildly extravagant parties and vacations.

Overall, U.S. taxpayers will spend well over a billion dollars on the Obamas this year.

I wonder what the tunnel people that live under the streets of America think about that.

Living Underground - Photo by Patrick Cashin

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  • condaggitt

    when i went to NY job service and asked for some funds to upgrade my skills, they said in essence there is no money for white people. They only train for truck drivers for fresh direct Home health aides, airline ramp “agents”, security guards and parks dept workers, sanitation…not a dime for computer courses

    • Ralfine

      These are all good and useful skills. Computer stuff you can learn on your own, if you are smart. And if you are not, you won’t understand it anyway.

      All these skills will get you into the homes of the rich. They’ll have food, especially for plumbers, they dont want to drown in their own sh**.

      • condaggitt

        I think you missed the point…they have funds to train people, the website says i could apply to get a grant, but the reality is its only for minorities.

        • Ralfine

          In England you can only get funds and help from the job centre when you get benefits. When you are unemployed but didn’t apply for unemployment benefits you don’t get anything else either.

      • 2Gary2

        your right about self teaching computer skills. I am starting my own teach and repair computer business on the side.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Learning from online courses is definitely an , option. But like anything else, prepare to pay.
      “Money for nothing, but the chicks for free.”*

      * Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing”, 1985

      (btw, I still want my MTV
      .Aw forget it. I’ve upgraded to YouTube.)

  • Ralfine

    I saw the movie. Total recall, wasnt it? on mars?

    • Rodster

      I believe you’re correct. In fact when I saw the picture of those tunnels I was thinking about the same movie. I remember the scene with the tunnel cutting vehicle.

      I love the movie but the ending was pretty lame.

  • JAH666

    One of the most affluent metropolitan areas in Colorado is the Colorado Springs area, which is several towns and the Springs, and numerous suburbs linked by malls, office parks, and other symbols of the “good life”. Running throughout this sprawling urban/suburban metroplex are numerous small rivers, flood control canals and the many bridges that allow traffic to move freely. At night if one cares to look, you can see the homeless, that no one in the Springs talks about, pitching tents along the banks of these streams and canals. Those not so lucky to have a tent sleep under bridges and protected embankments in sleeping bags or under cardboard boxes, or rolled up in blankets and plastic bags. They are everywhere in the Springs and have been for years. No one mentions this – it’s been there for years – because, well, the libs are in charge (especially of the media).

  • Ralfine

    So, if the bank owes you money, you can add a 40% collection fee.
    Same goes for tax refunds.
    Send your private debt collectors to the IRS.

    Or sell your debts to the mafia.

  • DownWithLibs

    For those of us who dare cling to the Truth, this world will become an increasingly dangerous place.

    • markthetruth

      Of Course we have A liberal Leader a man who leaves the room when the fight starts.

      the end…

      • http://twitter.com/sheepodoom SheepODoom

        Liberal? Poverty is a Liberal issue a LIBERAL President would NOT be throwing lavish parties they would be doing MORE for the poor. The REAL Truth is we have a CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN in Office of President.

        • Proud BIGOT

          Just shut up! Everyone knows he’s liberal you Effing Idiot.

          • erik lee

            Liberal, Conservative, Democrap, republicunt — you think it makes an iota of difference?

          • Proud BIGOT

            Amen to that. It makes No difference. They are all on the same payroll and its them against us.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seth.barker.359 Seth Barker

            Ever read what the Tea Party really wants? Not what some idiot who has not clue about their message says…maybe they are what is needed…smaller government, less regulation, lower taxes……that is what is needed to get the government out of our lives and get money back in out pockets.

          • meatwad_SSuppet

            Claims and lies do not speak as loud as that Republicans actions.

          • http://www.facebook.com/essie.little.1 Essie Little

            He is the same as all our appointed white house suits have been bought and paid for and no our votes didn’t count.No I did not vote rep or dem!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/seth.barker.359 Seth Barker

          Nice try you liberal weasel….you voted for Hussein….you put a bumper sticker on your car….your ignorance put a truly unqualified and evil man in office….you did it, now own up to it you COWARD.

        • http://www.facebook.com/essie.little.1 Essie Little

          so right you are it really does not matter they are all puppets of the system

    • gp

      Truth is ALL there is left. .ALMOST time to take our country back! ALMOST time. . .

  • Handog

    And the US Government steals from the tax payers and gives thier hard earned money away. $25 billion in foreign aid is handed out per year. Much of it to China!!! They should be sending us aid! Our brilliant leaders made them wealthy. Compare Beijing to Detroit.

    • Paul Pace

      Beijing is full of intelligent, hardworking Chinese. Detroit is full of lazy, stupid welfare ni99ers!

  • K

    I too saw the family in a truck story. But I saw it a little different. First let me say it is terrible, any child should have to live in such conditions or worse. However at least that father was keeping his kids safe. You can’t keep your kids safe in a tent city. Or in tunnels under the streets. But that kind of truck, locks up pretty tight. So at least there is some degree of safety. The rest of the article, just proves my point. A couple of days ago. I posted, how it was becoming illegal to be poor in this Country. Here is your proof.

    • peace angel

      And the most unsafe place for any American is in a homeless shelter. They are drug infested ratholes where people are raped and drugged and beaten and killed just like our foster “group” homes. All of it is in preparation for the concentration camps and future homes of Americans with or without money and with or without prepping or saving or burying money in a hole in your yard. America is over and nothing short of a revolution will change that and it is likely a revolution would lead to the camps at this point anyway. The army has been hiring “internment” guards for a decade and there are already people who have been hauled off to the Halliburton built camps all over the nation. The NDAA act of 2011 makes 400 things illegal and terrorist acts that can deprive you of an attorney or a trial or a phone call and they can hold you forever just like at Gitmo which was a test run for our camps. People need to stop having children because this is a 200 year old plan to create the NWO and now it has been legislated and the foreign armies are already here to shut America down.

      • K

        They can take my life. They can not take my freedom.

        • kathy k

          K I always say I would rather die free than in ” THERE” control

          • jeanne miller

            I feel the same way .

    • JustanOguy

      Agreed… Father was doing odd jobs to keep going and had his kids studying hard because school was an “escape” for them…. The little girl was one sharp little girl.

  • markthetruth

    Went to H&R block to do my taxes, guess what filings are down alot there and all over according to the IRS .
    Wonder why , well alot of people aren’t working.
    Also they have to charge more of course to make up for it… Yep i have to pay more to keep the H&R Block and the IRS to pay for their loss.

    the end…

    • El Pollo de Oro

      There is a place here in Philly that is preparing tax returns for free if one earns less than 17K. So a lot of poor Philadelphians are going there because they can’t afford H&R Block. But that place isn’t doing Schedule C for free. So you have people making 14 or 15K from odd jobs/misc. income who are out of luck. They can’t get their returns prepared for free from that place but can’t afford H&R Block.

      El fin.

      • Robert Zraick

        an easy problem to correct. Everybody stop paying taxes.

        • El Pollo de Oro

          When millions of desperate Americans join the underground economy and earn all of their money under the table, that will be a lot less tax revenue for the Internal Rape Service.

  • stevey

    They know exactly what they are doing. This is a very well planned out collapse and the main goal is to soon kill as many of us as they can…Millions cant afford groceries and yet these crooks are spending millions and billions on themselves to live a life of super luxury….

    • peace angel

      Yes, they do know exactly what they are doing.

      They=== the Bilderburg group for whom all our presidents work have been doing it for two hundred years in plain sight. And until or unless Americans decide to face it and stop blaming one party or the other=== the truth will evade the ostrich nation right into the Fema concentration camps.

      There are literally tens of millions of websites on agenda 21 and the NDAA act of 2011 and those two laws alone could make the truth crystal clear to a five year old. Americans can’t handle the truth, but if you read newspapers from most other countries around the world they KNOW all that we refuse to see. It’s a NWO and it is precisely planned to dupe Americans right into the death camps and the sooner the better.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.berry.12139 Lisa Berry

        So true so true!!!

    • Jodi

      It’s sickening!

    • jaxon64

      agreed…one of the greatest movie lines ever was in “The Usual Suspects”–”the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”

      Well the greatest trick(s) the elitists ever pulled was convincing the world that there is no core group of puppetmasters, banking cartels controlling the world’s politics and wars————-and the greatest trick pulled on the American people was convincing 98% of the masses to root for either the Red team or the Blue team ( and that there can’t seriously be any other teams.)

  • Tim

    When I lived in Maryland, during the winter some fellow Christians and I went up to Baltimore City on Friday nights to minister to the homeless. This was in the mid-1990s, and there were many homeless people then. I can’t imagine what it’s like up there now. Some were living on the streets because they had no family and no means to support themselves. It was heartbreaking to meet those individuals. Some were mentally ill. And some were clearly demon possessed.

    • PB

      Yeah. Demon possessed. Thanks for that.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Tim: I’m from Philadelphia (or as they call it in some parts of town, Killadelphia). And here, one often hears that if you think Philly’s rough, try Baltimore (a.k.a. Bodymore or Baltimorgue). Philly is maybe 40% ghetto/hood at this point, whereas in Baltimore, it’s probably more than 75%. Baltimore can be a fun day trip if you stick to the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Downtown, Mount Vernon, etc. But wander west of Lexington Market and cross Martin Luther King Boulevard, and you’ve end the land of hopelessness and despair. And as the American economy goes from bad to worse, cities like Baltimore will become even more dangerous. Baltimore was dangerous even in the best of times. So imagine what it will like five years from now.

      • Tim

        Thanks for sharing that. It’s always interesting to learn where other readers are from, especially when it’s not far from places I’ve lived.

        I haven’t been to Baltimore for many years. I’m sure it has changed, and not for the better.

        • El Pollo de Oro

          Tim: During the Summer of 2010, I gave a friend of mine the grand tour of Baltimore during a day trip (we went to John Hopkins for a lecture). I showed her the decent parts of Baltimore (the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Fells Point, Mount Vernon), and that gave her a good impression of the city. She was expecting the worst and commented that that we walked for miles without seeing anything that resembled what she had seen on “The Wire.” I said, “Yeah, but I only showed you a fraction of Baltimore. 75% of the city IS like what you’ve seen on The Wire…..or worse.”

  • t.

    State intervention is the cause of this. Can’t rent a room without a regulation. Can’t offer employment without a regulation. Can’t produce or offer a good or service for sale without a regulation. Basically, unless one is proficient in regulatory compliance, exploitation or avoidance, then one is SOL. Government is suppressing most avenues of self-sustenance.

  • 2Gary2

    I imagine the mole people think the same thing about the tax cuts for the rich as they do about the Obama’s excess spending.

  • 2Gary2

    Wasn’t there some bad guy called mole man? I think he fought spider-man?

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      Yes, Mole Man from the Marvel Universe, he fought the Fantastic Four

      • 2Gary2

        I was thinking after my post that it may have been the fantastic four. Maybe Obama would be Dr. Doom then.

  • 2Gary2

    I
    love the way some people are deeply afraid of big gub’mint but have not
    even noticed that big corporations are running their lives. Pathetic.
    The right all goes uh-huh, uh-huh when they hear that reagan line about
    the most scary words being “I’m from the gvt and I’m here to help”.
    Excuse me? What about “I’m from WellPoint, and I’m here to cancel your
    policy” or “I’m from Citi, and I’m here to take your home” or “I’m from
    Bane Capital. We bought your company, and you have to train your chinese
    replacement”???

    Open your eyes and see who the real enemy is.

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      Yea, Communism is so much better than Feudalism. So much better…

    • Roger Smith

      So let me get this straight: It is your belief that Large corporations and The government are two separate entities?

      • JustanOguy

        Yes Roger… 2Gary2 really does think the Government is a completely different entity then the big corporations.

        Been trying to convince him otherwise for quite some time…. He just doesn’t get it that even when the Dems were in complete control…. they were still working for Wall Street / Big Banksters and the Big Corporations.

        • 2Gary2

          You are both correct and I am wrong. Yes big corporations are the government. I read recently that the oil spill in Arkansas exon mobile told the police to evict reporters. I expect the repubes to suck and they do not disappoint. It is disheartening that the dems also suck. I am resigning my self that both parties are the problem.

          I am not afraid to admit I may be wrong.

    • Robert Zraick

      Big government, big corporate monoplies, big central banks. They are all in it together and they are enemies of the people.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Poverty is all around you, if you have the eyes to look for it. Most people don’t. (i.e. “the Louisville Cardinals just won the NCAA men’s basketball championship! Woo-hooooo!!”) Local city, county and state government makes it a point for not exposing or promoting it. It’s bad for business. But it’s not hard to find at all. Sometimes ,in certain neighborhoods, you don’t even have to look for it.

    I know about the tunnels in Las Vegas. I used to visit Las Vegas several times, when I actually had a little bit of spending/travelling money (but never explored the tunnels though).. There are drainage tunnels near many of the famed neon glittered hotels along the Strip. Those tunnels are there to prevent rain water from the rare summer storms in the area, from flooding Caesars Palace, the Luxor, Tropicana, Planet Hollywood, Circus Circus, Trump Tower, Trump International Airport, Trump Bathroom, Trump Wedding Confectionery Bakery, Trump Indonesian and Iranian Cuisine, and that place where the Miss America pageant is held, etc. etc. If the casino area starts to flood, gamblers and tourists begin to flee, and… you can guess the rest. It would be like an atomic bomb for the chamber of commerce. “I came to Las Vegas all the way from Munich, Germany – and all I got was
    this wet T-shirt!”.

    (p.s. Mandalay Bay and the Excalibur are at the south end of the Strip [Las Vegas Boulevard]. Water, like all liquids, flows downhill. Next time I visit, I’m staying at Circus Circus. Heh.)

    • Mondobeyondo

      fyi… no hard feelings towards Donald Trump.
      He’s a real estate magnate, and that’s kind of what real estate magnates do. Buy up property and so forth. It’s the free enterprise system at work.

      Walt Disney made it work for him (i.e. “Disneyland”). One day, when I’m rich and famous, I’m going to buy every bar in Beale Street in Memphis. I’m going to name it “Mondoland”.

      • Ralfine

        “Mondoland” is a great name. “Mondo” is or was a condom brand in Germany.

      • Jodi

        I love it “Mondoland” Great idea. Can I come an work there?

      • El Pollo de Oro

        I just remembered that there was a song by The Tubes called “Mondo Bondage.” I think that was from their first album back in 1975 (the same album that had their hit “White Punks on Dope”).

  • B T

    The Us is now an official 3rd world country. Congratulations! No? Ok, consider: if there were no plastic food stamp cards, there would be 48 million people lined up at soup kitchens. Or 1,000,000 in EVERY state in the lower 48 where most of the poor live.

    That would make a line from Boston to my home here in Manila, Philippines and back to Boston and then down to Miami and back…everyday! So, tell me that America is not in a Depression and living as a 3rd world country.

    I can go out to malls here that are just as nice as any in the US or even nicer. I can see new cars clogging the streets. I can see multi-million dollar home developments, and the Philippine Stock Market is doing quite well at present. The GDP is still growing at 6%+ and inflation is about the same level, 6%. All in all, it is a good place to live IF…

    IF you don’t look too close. If you do you will see people living in the streets (no tunnels under Manila) or in shanty towns in every unused corner of the city, usually along the light rail or a drainage canal not much better than a sewer. But, most of the ‘poor’ live out in the province’ where they can live off of the land and their skills. Not too bad either. Most I have seen or met are happy. They have lived a life without so they don’t miss. Americans have much to learn to ever be able to live a happy, healthy life without…

    • El Pollo de Oro

      B.T.: Yes, The Banana Republic of America is now a Third World country. No doubt about it. Some clueless people will laugh when I say that. They’ll say ridiculous things like, “But everyone I know here on Manhattan’s Upper West Side or in Rittenhouse Square in Philly is doing well. How can you say we’re a Third World country?” And my response to that is that if you go to Mexico City or Bogotá, there are upscale areas where upper class businesspeople live in luxury (albeit with armed bodyguards). I have a friend from Philly who moved to Bogotá for a job, and she lives in a very nice area in the northern part of the city.

      On the other hand………

      The shantytown slums in those cities are so dangerous that even the cops won’t enter them in broad daylight. And the more I look at the economic situation in the BRA, the more I see us going the way of much of Latin America and the Caribbean: extreme affluence in some areas, extreme poverty for big chunks of the population. People don’t understand that having Third World living conditions doesn’t necessarily mean the total devastation of Haiti or Somalia; it can also mean a combination of affluence and squalor like you find in Colombia.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Lately, I’ve been thinking about weird stuff, like “Do people really think about what is happening to our country?”, and things such as.

    Okay – I will do my best George Carlin impersonation here. (Please realize, much of Carlin’s humor is vulgar. It is NOT for pre-teen children! Also understand, NO one can ever compare to the imcomparable George Carlin. And yes, I will refrain from the dirty language.
    ————–

    No. Nobody cares about our country anymore. Because you know what would happen if they did? President Obama would be calling the laundromat every 5 minutes, asking for his undies to be washed!

    Don’t expect me to be on the comedy circuit anytime soon.

  • mleblanc138

    The horrible underground mole people exist, sort of. These people aren’t horrible but the economy and banksters that pushed them into this situation certainly are horrible. Let’s lock the banksters in the tunnels of NYC.

    On a more serious note, while locking them in the tunnels probably won’t happen, the banksters will most likely have to answer to Heavenly Father one day when he asks something like “Why did you cheat millions upon millions of good people out of their future?” At that point, Heavenly Father won’t care that they were worth Billions, had 5 homes in the Hamptons, or had enough luxury cars to fill a small residential street.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      “I’d like to see a black plague hit the banksters.”—Max Keiser

      “The only time The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, becomes violent is when he picks up a whip to chase the money-changers out of the temple. Nothing has changed. It was the money-changers who made The Prince of People become violent, and it is the money-changers who are destroying the planet. They’re too big to fail. It’s a disgrace. When are the people going to grow up, stand up, and rise up against the money-changers?”—Gerald Celente

      “The banksters are going to take our bank accounts here in the United States. That’s what Homeland Security is for. That’s what the drones and checkpoints are for.”—Alex Jones

      • jeanne miller

        Homeland Security and protecting the homeland sounds like some wording from Hitler and Stalin s words . Protect the home land . Sounds Socialist .

        • El Pollo de Oro

          Jeanne Miller: Yes, that’s exactly what I’ve been saying since George W. Bush’s reign of terror and am still saying in the era of Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama: Homeland Security is the sort of language that was used by Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Franco (and subsequently, Somoza, Trujillo, Borderberry and Castro). The neocons who brought us the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act aren’t really neo-conservatives; they’re neo-fascists.

          • http://www.facebook.com/essie.little.1 Essie Little

            you are so right and thank God you are awake

        • http://twitter.com/sheepodoom SheepODoom

          Hitler was a Fascist like Bush.

    • Ayn Rand

      Soon everyone will be living in the tunnels to escape either martial law or the radiation cloud from WWIII. Fun times ahead…
      “War. War Never Changes.”

      • Doris Jimison

        And the Jews will be in Petra. God is so good! What a beautiful city for them to run to and what beautiful tunnels for them to live in!

        • sharonsj

          Petra is in Jordan. Jordan does not allow Jews to become citizens or own land. So what the heck are you talking about?

    • Robert Zraick

      Perhaps the bankers will answer to the heavenly Father, but I think we should do everything on earth to send them there as soon as possible!

    • Doris Jimison

      I have thought of what is going to happen to the banksters that felt they were doing “God’s” work. They have a comeuppance coming! This is as close to Heaven as they get. Most have no room for Christ in their lives.

    • Paul

      scary..there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people that are living underground beneath the streets of major U.S. cities. It is happening in Las Vegas, it is happening in New York City and it is even happening in Kansas City. As the economy crumbles, poverty in the United States is absolutely exploding and so is homelessness.In the tunnels, their world is one of malt liquor, tight spaces, schizophrenic neighbors, hunger and spells of heat and cold. Travolta and the others eat fairly well, living on a regimented schedule of restaurant leftovers, dumped each night at different times around the neighborhood above his foreboding home. If you are poor, the United States can be an incredibly cold and cruel place. Mercy and compassion are in very short supply..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Webb/100001371414176 David Webb

    Sweet, all these “educated” people. Yet not one of them have been taught to survive without money.
    Living in poverty under the streets of the cities.

    You can make $24,000 a year in some places mowing lawns. At least that is what I have heard. I haven’t tried it. Though I made money as a child, shoveling snow off of walks.

    My old trainer in Real Estate Sales was a Real Estate Broker. He owned his own business. His favorite saying was: “Things in motion, tend to stay in motion, things at rest tend to stay at rest.” Get out there and work at something even if it is for little pay. Stay in motion.
    If you are unemployed, your job is to find a job.
    It isn’t easy. It is hard. Very hard. You have to work at it. That means every day get out there and keep looking.

    And in similar circumstances, I too might be living in whatever I could find. But if I had to, I would find something to do. I would find work doing something.
    I have been working my entire life. First it was a paper route when papers flourished. Then, I worked as a box boy at a grocery. And I wasn’t even 17 yet.
    I worked an entire summer in England helping people out of entertainment boats on the waterfront. I did that sometimes for 12 hours a day.
    I spent years in the U.S. Air Force in my 20s.
    They taught me to never run, and never give up.
    Yes, the world is harsh. There is no justice, It isn’t always fair.
    That carpenter has skills! He has to sell those skills to someone, somewhere. And that is the difference between someone who will eventually succeed and someone who will fail.
    The other thing I always did, is read my Bible daily. If you are with your God, He will be with you, even through the worst of times.
    I am retired now with pensions and Social Security. It may be there forever, or it may be gone tomorrow.
    Whatever happens, I will be on my knees in my private place and I will be praying.

    I just took apart a garage door opener and replaced the wheels. I could have had it fixed but I did it myself. I have it working. I am now adjusting the up and down on the chain.

    I have a plumbing problem on an outside faucet. I will replace that myself as well. An old marine friend taught me how to do it.

    I maintain my own equipment such as my lawn mower.
    The point is never give up and stay in motion. No matter what happens, keep plugging away until you find a way to make a living.

    • DownWithLibs

      Thank you for your post.

    • Doris Jimison

      You are an awesome guy!

    • Hank Kingsley

      ‘god’ doesn’t exist.

      Religion was made up by the elites to control and pacify the masses.

  • Bad_Mr_Frosty

    Isn’t this exactly what France was like before the French Revolution? Michelle needs to quoted saying “let them eat (low-fat, low-sugar) cake”

    • http://twitter.com/sheepodoom SheepODoom

      BOTH The Bush’s & Obama’s are guilty. Dubya got us in to this & Obama is too busy trying to appease his GOP Masters.

      • truth man

        actually it was Clinton that started the down hill slide when he signed NAFTA.. jobs left by the millions.. Bush carried on in grand fashion with endless war because his family was making millions of dollars off of war

  • Ralfine

    It’s not only America, where people live in the underground.
    In London you can rent windowless rooms in basements for only #300 per week in the city centre.
    In Beijing, people live in basements of high rise apartment buildings, because they can neither afford the rent nor the commuting cost and time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorna.faith.16 Lorna Faith

    Poverty is no excuse for leaving dirty diapers laying around making for an unhealthy lifestyle for others

    • gp

      I can tell by UR comment U don’t live in a “Tunnel”

  • Jodi

    Obama parties while the little people suffer.

    • otter1111

      Exactly.

    • DownWithLibs

      He fiddles while America burns!

  • Rancher

    First off if you elect to live above said underground locations you and only you are to blame for what happens to you when this house of cards crashes….

    In truth if you elect to live in any city, town or suburb you again only have yourself to blame. Read that and weep…. Everyone always has a choice.

    Long ago when I was in my 20′s I saw the need and wisdom to live in the countryside. I struggled and learned how to make that happen… It is by far more difficult to exist in the countryside than in a crowded city/town/suburb. Those folks who do by and large have no real world county living skills and common sense. They will not be welcome out here by us rural country folks in the day either.

    It will be to late in the crash to learn said skills and no one including myself will care about their demise either. You can try to have your cake and eat it to and mostly you will be found dead with your box of cake mix next to you in the day…

    My suggestion to the resolving underground people …. turn off the freaking lights and power down there.

    It is only going to get worse and we have and are always prepping to make it during said times ahead… Ain’t no tunnels underground or anywhere near our Ranch for folks to hide in either. Just wolves, coyotes, bears, cougars and wild dog packs in the hills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Bulles/100000817634183 Andrew Bulles

    My brothers are in the process of opening a “gold buying” shop in Maryland… So, between the paperwork for licensing, occupancy permits, sales and use inspections, finger printing, bond requirements, pawn brokers test, etc. it has taken THREE MONTHS to get to opening the doors in a mall space that required no renovations. YES, the burdens of over regulation are TRUE!

  • suelark

    To the White House, Congress, all other elected officials: why are you wasting time trying to take away our Constitutional rights: 1st, 2nd, 4th & other Amendments….things that would work very well for all of us if you’d shut the h . . l up AND why don’t you concentrate on this problem? 1,000,000 public school children HOMELESS? This is tragic. Obama is trying to put the clamps on charitable giving at the same time. Face it people: Washington DC is wicked through and through.

  • cannuck21

    A time for prayer.

  • Mondobeyondo

    You know what other creatures live underground in tunnels? That’s right! RATS!

    Such a shame to realize American people are actually living like this.

  • FounderChurch

    DEMOCRATS ARE ALL POVERTY PIMPS AND ACTIVELY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE FALLING BETWEEN THE CRACKS. by “FounderChurch”

    Every society needs a system for managing the rejects. If they don’t manage these people they will become a danger to society in one way or another.

    There are good systems for doing this, but they are not often used, because Democrats hate them. Here they are:

    1.Churches are natural absorbers of the trash of society if churches are aided and abetted to do so, which they conspicuously today are not. They teach these dysfunctional people some self-discipline and the basics of living.

    2. The Family can absorb is loser members if it is empowered, and enabled by government instead of handicapped as at present.

    3. Employers can take care of lots of down and outers, IF the government does not restrict them from doing so, as it does now.

    4. Police and Prisons are the last resort, but they must be allowed to sweep the street clean of all persons without means of caring for themselves. It they can’t get the Family, the Churches, or the Employers to care for these rejects then they have to have work farms where these people are cleaned up, put to work and given a second chance. Minor offenses call for one year on the County work farm

    Finally, the government must enact strict laws about preying on the poor. Prohibition of all intoxicants keeps alcohol and drugs out of their hands, and total prohibition of any form of gambling helps the poor to manage their money. All vices need to be stamped out including tobacco, to protect the poor.

    Google Search “FounderChurch” for more information

  • BT

    UN-effin’-real….

    There aren’t enough words to express the outrage & horror of what’s goin’ on in amerikkka anymore…

    • condaggitt

      But JayZ get Ohbewanna’s approval to have his wedding anniversary in Havana …..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ethan-Perks/100000866010072 Ethan Perks

    But notice that the MSM gives a Dem president a pass.

  • Patriot Alice

    If you like these articles you must suffer from depression..Many positive comments are deleted by the editors…

  • http://twitter.com/andywade andywade

    But I don’t understand. Aren’t you guys always moaning about “welfare bums” and “moochers”? PS DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD…!

  • Robert Zraick

    There is no compassion from government, there is no true charity. Charity is a voluntary act. The money that government is taken under threat of force.

    This story is truly horrifying. Something must be done. But PLEASE don’t look to the government to do it. Government is the cause of it.

    Right now we the tunnel dwellers are not part of our society, but the way government is moving, we will soon be part of theirs.

  • http://twitter.com/lutzeddie Eddie Lutz

    “Overall, U.S. taxpayers will spend well over a billion dollars on the Obamas this year.”

    There it is.

  • Jim Frame

    anyone have pictures of these underground homes?

  • me

    the georgia thing with roundtree,I am from this area and it wasn’t poor people trying to get the food,it was middle class people looking for handouts.the same ones that lined up for obama phones when they already had phones.and most of the food was junkfood,food with no nutritional value.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Blowder/1569064314 Joe Blowder

    And the same with European and Commonwealth countries. So why are our leaders packing in the immigrants?

  • 007

    Well I hope everyone today understood the example you saw today of a coordinated short and manipulation of the gold market. They set it up, coordinated their downgrades and then shorted goal. The good news is that this is a great buying opportunity. However, by physical goal rather than these paper shares. The big boys will have to cover. You can buy at a discount at their expense.

  • 007

    Hey everyone gold is on sale today! Load up on it as well as Silver. Buy the physical metals. These prices won’t last long.

  • cherylmeril

    I’d say this is a good metaphor of those who likely haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as their savior that they’re in limbo in a dark tunnel similar to those near death experiences people have of seeing a distant light..

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    Over a million homeless school kids in the “good ole USA”, disgusting what the greedy have done.

  • dskancer19

    I know for a fact (having been there) that the gov pays for illegals to stay in shelters and not on streets. They have been there for years without question. Americans on the other hand must pay at least $200 per month for the “privilege” of staying in a shelter, where showers, food and clothing, and a dry bed are given.

  • ConcernedAmerican

    God bless you for your articles. Thank you for speaking compassionately about the homeless. So many people are hateful to the poor and homeless. I wonder what would happen if all of the money spent on prison was spent on job training and education instead? In the book “Dewey-The small town library cat” the author describes how she ended up in the welfare office. Welfare sent her to college. Welfare was paid back, and then some, as this woman held a job in a library and paid much more in taxes than it cost welfare to send her to college. Why the US stopped “teaching people to fish” is beyond me. Then, there are college educated people that can not find jobs because there are none to be found. Instead of judging others and looking down our noses at others, we need to ask ourselves how we would want to be treated if it were us in that situation. In these times, who knows when it will be us? If one professes to be a Christian, ask one’s self how Jesus treated the hungry, the poor, the prostitute, the sick. Did Jesus judge those people or did He treat them with compassion and kindness? True Christians should mirror Jesus, as He is our example. Remember that the Statue of Liberty specifically says “Give me your poor.”

  • http://twitter.com/divine_hatred SyahiЯ Ridzuan

    tell them obamas to stop sending tax money to apartheid state of israel.

  • bubba

    Get to know your neighbors, who they are , where they work and what side they are on. You will then know where the bullets are coming fronm and where they must go when the SHTF

  • cosmos110

    The only problem with any economy is always the same, Government is the only thing that harms an other-wise “Free-Market”, like the one we don’t have.

    ……………………

  • Kavonte

    I fuc wat tht G fight for em

  • Wolfie D

    the whole of usa is going underground for one thing! avoiding the rich! and all their glory! one day the world above will disappear but the underground dwellers will survive LIKE rats!

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