The New American Dream: Sprawling Tent Cities Filled With Tents Made In China

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What would you do if you had your job suddenly ripped away from you and you ended up losing your home?  Well, that is exactly what hundreds of thousands of families across America have found themselves facing during this economic downturn.  So what would you do?  Would you move in with relatives?  Would you join the ranks of those living in the tent cities that are popping up all over the nation?  Would you live in a van down by the river?  The truth is that with each passing month even more Americans find themselves pushed to the brink of absolute desperation.  For many of our fellow citizens, the American Dream has been reduced to finding some way to keep the rain off of them each night and finding someone who will be kind enough to give them some food during the day.


So why are so many Americans hurting?  Where did all the good jobs go?  Well, over the past couple of decades our new “global economy” has encouraged big corporations to move thousands of factories and millions of jobs out of the United States.  Many of the good jobs that these homeless and unemployed Americans used to do are now done on the other side of the world.  The ironic thing is that many of the tent cities that have bloomed in communities across the United States are filled with tents that were made in China.

Unfortunately, the tent cities that have grown up all over the nation are just a foretaste of what is coming in the future.  When the economy really collapses, millions more Americans are going to be living in conditions just like this….

One of the saddest things about all of this is what is happening to older Americans.  There are large numbers of older Americans that have worked hard all of their lives but that now find everything just slipping away.

A reader of this column named William recently left the following comment….

I thought I would try to start things rolling here. I am a 46 year old 99er, who just found out last week that unemployment is done. I was making $283/week which I am very thankful for, but was not enough to pay the mortgage on our small 2 bedroom, 1941 cape, ( mostly because of increasing taxes). I have been doing misc. barter jobs in trade for others services or food, etc. I have been sending resumes all around, but no bites. I am a 25 year veteran, high end woodworker. I even have some AutoCad and CNC experience, but evidently not enough experience in this economy to land me a job.

We are on the edge of not being able to pay mortgage, even though our cars are paid off, we have no phone, no cable, and the wife cooks all the meals, and I did not mention, we don’t have kids either. Just two people trying to make ends meet.

At least William and his wife still have a home (for now) and are hanging in there.  There are countless others that have not been so fortunate.  In fact, in the three counties surrounding Disney World, it is estimated that there are approximately 8000 people living in the woods.  What some of those people have to face on a daily basis is absolutely horrifying….

Can you imagine living that way?

Sadly, many local communities across the United States are cracking down on homeless people because they simply do not want to deal with them.

In Venice, California the police are actually arresting people that are living in RVs and are towing away their vehicles. The following is an excerpt from an article that recently appeared on the Daily Kos website….

They took Eric while he was changing his battery in his car. Claimed he lived in his car. A few days later they went to 3th Street and took his RV because he was in jail and no one moved it for 72 hours. Saturday they did a sweep of 7th and took Bear and his RV. They also took Elizabeth’s RV but do not know if they took Elizabeth but can not find her. The police went to 6th and took the white RV that always parks by Broadway on 6th. Everyday they take 1 to 4 RVs. Very soon there will be no one left.

If you lost your home would you try to live in your vehicle?

Well, the truth is that it is not so easy.  In fact, just on Friday a 56-year-old homeless man in northwestern Montana that was living in his car froze to death after his car battery died.

Once you have been kicked out of your home it is not easy to survive.

That is why so many Americans are so desperate to hang on to their homes.

But what do you do when you can’t find a job and your money has dwindled away to almost nothing?  What do you tell your children when there is not enough money for food?

The following quote from a Huffington Post article comes from a 99er named Toni. It kind of sums up the frustration and anger that so many unemployed Americans are feeling right now….

“How does someone explain to their child that they can have a place to live and maybe stay warm in the winter, but in order to do that they won’t have any food to eat? Or they can eat, but may not have a secure place to live? Just try to explain those adult decisions to a child and see how much they understand!”

Unfortunately, many Americans respond to such suffering by saying that people like this “should just get a job”.  But as I wrote about recently, the truth is that there are not nearly enough jobs for everyone who wants one anymore.

In fact, in the United States today there are over 6 million Americans that have been out of work for 6 months or longer.  In such an environment, “black market industries” such as drug dealing and prostitution are thriving as desperate Americans look to survive any way that they can.

But there are many Americans that will never stoop to a life of crime.  There are many Americans who feel like they have done everything that they were “supposed” to do all these years and now they feel like they are being tossed aside by society like a piece of trash.

A woman identified only as “oldandtired” recently posted the following very sad message on the Unemployed-Friends website….

How did I get here? I have donated, volunteered, etc. for those in need for decades. Now, I have $2.34 to my name. I have lost my home, filed bankruptcy, and have been separated from my daughter. I have not seen a doctor in three years. I keep looking for work, but it is like a cruel joke – and the joke is on me. I exist day to day on the charity of family and I try to keep in mind that so many of you don’t have that option.

My eyesight has been bad for most of my life. I am -8.25 and -8.50 for vision. For those of you who know the eyes, you realize that I am so near-sighted that I am legally blind when not corrected. However, I am corrected with contacts or glasses – neither of which I can afford. Contacts ran out last year and my glasses are almost 10 years old (my fault for not getting new ones when I had a job). Don’t you know? The f#$%ing things broke. No chance of fixing. No contacts. How the heck am I supposed to get work when I can‘t see????? There is no social services available without an address, and I am homeless. A PO box doesn’t cut it.

Okay, the eternal optimist isn’t being so optimistic, eh? I catch myself thinking the word ‘hate’ lately. It is a word that was never in my vocabulary before. I hate politicians. I hate the economy. I have even begun to resent and hate people who have jobs. Sometimes, tears just fall from my cheeks and I can only think of those two words…..”I hate”.

If any of you knew me, you would know how bizarre this is for me. My spirit needs a boost, but I hate to even try anymore. Anyone got a good joke? One that will make me laugh until I cry instead of me just crying.

The president and I are the same age. Retirement is so far off. Why is my life over already?

So what can the rest of us do about all of this?

Well, first of all we can all reach out and help those we know that are in need.

Secondly, we can all start preparing for the hard times that are coming. Instead of maxing out our monthly budgets, we should all be setting aside some extra money in case we lose our jobs or businesses. In addition, we should be storing up extra food and supplies for when the U.S. economy totally collapses.

Unfortunately, the U.S. economy is not going to be getting better in the long-term.  We are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world, and when it bursts things are going to get far worse than they are now.

So don’t look down on the millions of Americans that are really suffering right now, because one day you might be the one that is suffering.

  • mark mcbee

    We need a violence overthrow of the FEDS if they continue not serving the people’s interest. The students protested in Tiananmen Square brought a huge economic change in China.
    We tried peaceful resolution with elections but it is not working. Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Phillipines and so many other democratic nations have failed its people. Haitians are eating mud cookies. How is that for democracy.

  • William

    WOW!!! Thank you for posting this, although it breaks my heart to see this unfortunate reality of American life.
    Perhaps we can conduct a mission trip to these areas, just like many go around the world to help other poor in other countries? I am going to pass this along to members of our church to see if we can start to do something to help these people.

  • zack

    The only way we can compete with low cost wages abroad is by encouraging capital investment at home. This allows an American working with a steam shovel to produce more value than five foreigners working with hand shovels. Unfortunately, our government is pursuing policies that encourage our companies to invest overseas instead of at home.

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. Visit for details.

  • Storm

    Nothing but lazy people. I dont care what the economy is like, you can always find a way to earn money. Whether it be working fast food, raking leafs, shoveling snow. Hell, my 17 year old son just made 1500 bucks delivering phone books for a week.
    As long as worthless bleeding hearts are feeding these people and paying them money to do NOTHING, they will never choose to be productive members of society.

  • Aurelius 7

    The Clinton admin opened the floodgate of bank greed. Bush socialized our economy in the end of his term with the bailouts. The torch was then passed from W to Obama whom continues the same policies that wrecked the economy he blames the predecessor for. Each president protected the previous one from the courts seeking justice. See a pattern yet? Vote all you want, the flight path doesn’t change.

    If you think Ron Paul is the answer, so help us God. He might abolish the Fed, but who will be running the economy then — the same politicians the idiot public voted for? Mark my words, he’s being primed for 2012 to continue the controlled demolition of this country, just as Russia and China’s infiltration goals have aimed for. It was a setup to gain public favor to begin with. Look at the bigger picture.

    When it call comes down to it, I blame the people of this country, as the the politicians are only a reflection of what the people are. America has rotted within and the fruit it bears is now evident thanks to stupidity spreading like wildfire.

  • HeadingOut

    Sad, yes. But even more tragic, these people could not be warned. They could not be advised. They were, and remain still, incapable of listening and trying to understand the larger structural problems with America:
    1) That a foreign cabal of private bankers, called ironically the “Federal Reserve” had taken control of their monetary system from Congress, printed notes with no backing, and charged Americans interest for their “work.”
    That debasement of the currency, and the rate of interest, are disguised by the word “inflation” to protect these criminal counterfeiters.
    2) That the IRS is actually the tax collection agency for the Federal Reserve owners. The first dollars go to the FED owners, which is a closely held secret. (Challenge: try to name them! Call the FED and ask them who owns the 100 private shares in the FED. They will not tell you.)
    3) Foreign wars have been concocted by banksters to weaken the nation of its vitality, energy, creativity, and other precious resources. Instead of defending the homeland, our young soldiers are instead distracted by a seventh-century army, which under normal military leadership they could have defeated within three months.
    4) Democrats and Republican parties are two franchises of the same banking cabal.
    5) China is rising. China has a 300 year plan. The US has a three month plan, at best.
    6) World oil production has peaked. (google “Peak Oil”)
    7) The peaking of world oil production has removed the collateral for a debt-based fiat currency know as the US Dollar. Thus the Dollar is about to collapse.
    8) Americans need to bring their jobs back to the mainland, secure its energy supplies, and return to an honest monetary system under the control of The People’s Representatives – the US Congress per Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. The FED banksters need to be hunted down and treated as terrorists of the worst kind. This is a job for the US military, as the banksters will unleash enemies onto Americans as punishment for their “disobedience”. That’s fine – we already won the First War for Independence against them in 1776.

    Shall this nation have a new birth of freedom?

  • mondobeyondo

    But how do you encourage capital investment here in the USA?

    Especially when so many government regulations discourage the growth (and even formation) of small businesses in this country?

    We have to get back to the basics. How did Henry Ford do it? He paid his workers a high enough wage, where they could actually afford the Model T’s his company produced. Soon, people in other countries were buying his Model T’s. And then half the world was buying his Model T’s.

    Henry Ford never asked for a bailout from the government. He never needed one. If Ford had accepted a government bailout like GM and Chrysler, old Henry would be spinning in his grave.

    We need to stop resting on our laurels, and return to the basics which made our country great. Hard work, honesty, commitment and quality. We will not advance if all we do is celebrate our past accomplishments.

    It’s not 1962 anymore.

  • Unfortunately predictions are that things are going to get worse. If you are fortunate enough to still have a job you need to start preparing for the day you might not have one. Truly so sad to see whats become of America. Are we fast becoming a third world country? Lets hope not.

  • Jeff N.

    Storm you are an ignorant blind fool. I hope that you don’t find yourself having to support a family by “Delivering Phonebooks” once a year for $1500. It is the blind like you that cause violent revolutions and the rise of Tyrants.

  • Jim

    There are jobs out there. If people choose to not stoop to taking even the most menial jobs to put food on their table, then I guess they aren’t really that hard up.

    Mark: it isn’t the governments job to take care of you. Go ahead and try a violent overthrow. What are you going to revolt WITH? Its the Liberals like you who’ve been trying to ban guns for the last 40 years. You gonan throw a molotov or two? Maybe trash a car or two? Spray some grafitti? Go ahead. Try walking down my block and think you’re going to endanger me and my family and my house. See what happens.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    This is horrifying the sad thing about it is this will get worse. You need to become self sufficient, get out of debt, and save what you can.

  • Eileen

    are you having a laugh, (first comment re tianamen square) economic change to China. China is still a trouble country with no freedom of speech, and major human rights issues. This is not an AMERICAN problem it is a world wide issue, economically and you all need to WAKE UP governments world wide have instigate this for years…

  • Rod

    Perhaps “Storm” above can advise us what his business is so we can all boycott it as a protest against his totally ignorant, jerk-off attitudes to those who have lost everything, despite their having worked their whole lives to achieve what they had.
    It’s easiy to be an armchair critic – it’s a damn sight harder to live in a tent with no food, money or help and somehow compete with thousands of others for the 1 job opportunity, especially if you’re 40+ and up against cheap to feed disposable teenagers…

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Gerald Celente, one of my favorite commentators, is fond of saying that when people have lost everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it. And a lot of formerly middle class people who become the neo-poor and fall through the cracks are going to lose it….…big time. There will be some major growth industries in The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA), and I’ll name a few: carjacker, drug trafficker, home invader, kidnapper, mugger. Those are major industries in Port Moresby, Johannesburg, Caracas, and other places where people of means can’t even go to the supermarket in the middle of the afternoon without an armed bodyguard because of the possibility of being kidnapped. And since the former USA decided to become a Third World banana republic (a very BAD decision), those will be major growth industries here as well. The tent cities that Michael T. Snyder writes about will grow, expand and become major breeding grounds for violent crime much like the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Of course, kidnappers can have a hard time getting past the rich folks’ well-armed bodyguards—in which case, they go after anyone they think is middle class (not that you have much of a middle class in banana republics).

    As for those who have no compassion for the formerly middle class/neo-poor……karma’s a bitch, and those who mock the desperation and suffering of others won’t be laughing when they are looking down a gun barrel. lt’s no fun to be on the receiving end of a Third World kidnapping. Here’s how it goes down: your wife gets kidnapped, the kidnappers demand a ransom, severed fingers and toes start showing up in the mail (sometimes with the wedding ring attached to one of the fingers), kidnappers murder the kidnapee if the family doesn’t have as much money as the kidnappers thought.

    Ron Paul tried to warn us that a severe financial storm was coming our way, but neocons refused to listen. The White Shoe Boys couldn’t be deterred from raping and pillaging the BRA economy. So welcome to the Third World. Benvenuti al terzo mondo. Benvenuti a la Repubblica Banana di America, un paese molto pericoloso.

    Michael T. Snyder had an excellent point when he said, in another commentary, that if Americans are willing to trample one another to death just to get some deals on Black Friday, how bad will things get when Americans haven’t eaten for several days? Signore Celente is absolutely right: The Banana Republic of America is going to become a really nasty, dangerous, violent place. Che dio ci aiuti.

  • VegasBob

    The fact is that some people are better at being resourceful and coping with adversity while others are not. So it’s interesting to watch frightened people who know how to cope with misfortune make hateful comments about the less fortunate. It tells a lot about the kind of society we’ve become, and it isn’t pretty.

    It’s too bad that in America, it has become fashionable for government to make continuous excuses for failure. In a sane society, we would teach every high school student about money management and the consequences of bad decisions. But this is the USA, so teaching useful concepts to students will never happen.

    As a society, we should focus our regulatory and legal efforts on financial crimes. Wherever there is a pile of money, there will be large numbers of scam artists looking to score a fast buck through fraud, embezzlement, trickery or outright theft. But this is the USA, where financial criminals (except Bernie Madoff) are bailed out instead of thrown in jail.

    We could make a really good start by shutting down the Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. Then we could put Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Henry Paulson, Tim Geithner, Lloyd Blankfein, John Mack and Jamie Dimon on trial for their various financial crimes, and sentence them all to lengthy prison terms.

    Such a course of action might at least begin to repair the relationship between Main Street Americans and their government, and lead everyday Americans to be less hateful toward one another.

  • Gary2

    We are where we are because on conservatism. They have succeeded in funneling all the wealth of the country to the top 10%. A conservative Republican and their failed philosophy is what has wrecked our country.

    We need to shed the mantel of capitalism and start embracing socialism. The focus needs to be on WE, and not ME.

    We need to start by heavily taxing the rich and start spreading the wealth. There is way too much wealth and income in way too few hands.

    There would not be a need for tent cities if this simple thing were done.

    There are way too many low information people who listen to right wing hate radio and actually believe the things they hear from the likes of Rush bimbo etc.

  • mondobeyondo

    Profit trumps patriotism. Sad but true.

    I love my country, and would fight and die for her if need be (although I’m an “old” man now”)

    Unfortunately, the bankers and people who are REALLY running the government, don’t give a rodent’s derriere about our Government or Constitution.

    International banksters care about one thing:

    It’s not about money, it’s about control.

    Not money. Money is only a means to the end.
    They have all the yachts and Bentleys they want.
    Why would they need more?

    Control the people, and ultimately you’ll get everything else, including the profits.

    The common people have power in freedom. Without freedom, we’re toast. Why do you think they fight so aggresively to limit and subdue our freedoms?

    Do NOT let the government take your freedoms!
    Whether it’s in the name of “security” or “peace” or whatever bovine excretion excuse they come up with.

  • Ken

    I would say that the country needs a new productive capacity to recover, but if it did somehow develop one, it would be taxed, regulated, and unionized to an early offshoring death. America’s situation is terminal.

  • Gary

    My son works at the local grocery store. It is a fairly big store. They had to start locking their dumpster as too many people were taking discarded food. Its too bad as they throw away so much fairly good food its unbelievable. I am guessing that late at night some desperate soul will cut the lock. I am thinking that if you really cook the meat good you would be OK? Its still in the Styrofoam wrapper and wrapped in cellophane for the most part.

    Thank You conservatives, your selfish me focused policies have ruined the country. Your disgusting focus on giving tax cuts to the rich has caused this economic mess to happen.

    Vote socialist-Bernie Sanders for president. Tax the rich and spread the wealth. Tax hedge funds capital gains as income.

    It is so sad and immoral to be giving the rich more tax cuts while people are starving. Selfish republicans make me sick!

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  • This is not about just “getting a job”. This is the cracks in the century long pyramid scheme starting to show. Money is a racket, the economy has been booby trapped, and we have been tricked into this system of $lavery for too long.

  • June

    I know where I could lay my hands on #350 BILLION right now! Send all illegals home – that’s the figure taxpayers have to shell out to keep illegals in the style to which they’ve become accustomed.

  • Nihilgeist

    Wow, look at the diversity of blame here. From blaming lazy people who won’t shovel sh*t to The Federal Banksters to Liberals to Conservatives. Meanwhile Rome burns. You cannot play protectionism in a global economy. You cannot “create” good paying jobs that are heavily unionized and taxed when the corporations can just find a cheaper slave across the sea. There really is no answer to this. It will have to work itself out, which may be the end of the US as we know it. Only when Chinese/Indian workers and anyother within the global economy start demanding better wages/rights will the pendulum swing back our way, and even then it won’t swing much, and it won’t be happening anytime soon considering what these people are coming from/used to in lifestyle that drastically pales in comparison to our own, even our own poverty.

    No one person has a monopoly on the truth, and unfortunately the truth is in short supply. If we can’t even agree on what caused this, how the hell can we even agree on what will bring the country back from the deathbed? It makes me so frustrated to see such disconnect that the only solution I see is absolute destruction and everyone for themselves.

    United we stand, divided we fall.

  • Clara Belle

    Gary2 & Gary (Probably the same person)
    Nothing personal but you are a moron. Socialism is not the cure for our nation’s problems. Socialism has failed in every instance, name one time where it has worked. I don’t know the answer for America’s problems other than less government, less entitlements, and less spending both it the private sector and the government. I have never heard of anyone ever spending their way out of debt. And yes, things are going to get lots worse before they get better. Prepare as best you can…

  • Bruce

    We are where we are because on conservatism. They have succeeded in funneling all the wealth of the country to the top 10%. A conservative Republican and their failed philosophy is what has wrecked our country.

    Gary you need to move to China your socialize dream get out of America we need men not cry babies. BTW Gary I know you have trouble reading the truth but it was Billy Bob Clinton that gave us GATT and NAFTA DUH.

  • “There’s class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

  • MP

    Socialism hasn’t failed in every instance. Read this article: The top 3 happiest countries have a social system… Being Dutch myself I can tell you we have high taxes for the people who can afford it and the basic necessities in life for all; housing, education, unemployment and help in general. We’re not perfect either but let’s try to leave no one out. We’re no communist country either. Social is not a bad word. You’re a rich person in the Netherlands if you pay 50% tax, believe me. Open your mind and look what other cultures are doing and adapt it to your culture…

  • klaas jacob de weert

    how is this possible third world situations.
    In the Netherlands we not alowe this then
    iam happy for country people better than this. Also we ahve these days homeles but not high number as this. Iam a shamed of the western civelisation. This must not can hapen and special not The United states Of America. And special the Right winged Politicians who are Christians must be more compasionaited for poor
    people.yeshua Hamsiach (Jesus the Christ) Will
    be haert broken and weeping for this people.
    Usa wake up change this.

    Shalom and God bless you Klaas Jacob

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  • Annie

    Once, many years ago, I needed temporary help in the form of assistance. The woman who was processing me was treating me very rudely. I asked her- what if she found herself in my situation someday? She replied, “I will Never be in your situation.” I confess, in the recent years, I think about her and others like her. I think of how many of them have since lost their jobs and homes. I wonder if I could resist if I saw any of them- the temptation to ask them- “How do you like them apple, eh?” But if I did, I would be like them. But, I think it. :-/ Yes, I do.

  • Annie

    And Storm? and others like you? Haha! Be careful! When I wad down and out, I was swindled out of my last $30. An apartment manager when I was homeless knew I did not have enough income to qualify to rent an apartment in her complex but, instead of telling me that- she had me fill out a non-refundable credit application. Years later, imagine her surprise in a business dealing when she found out that I was now business partners with someone she owed $30,000. to and my partner asked me if we should cut her a break? Guess what my response was? ;-)

  • I may be followed on

    This is the beginning of a well planned agenda, the New World Order. The US is scheduled to bow down to the Central Banks. Our politicians are not who they claim to be, they are elite traitors, selling our country out for personal gain. The Lower and Middle Class have never had a political party.
    Want to build our party? and appoint members from our own class?
    Please listen, stop crying like rabbits to the wolf. We have no options as individuals, but together we might have a chance.
    Once they sell us out like the EU, we’ll be begging in bread lines.
    These are the final stages of a battle between good and evil, and a battle between masters and slaves, and a battle for world domination by a few dozen global aristocrats. This is a class war, which we have been loosing for millennium.
    We are the slaves. Slaves are formidable in power, unless they allow the power to be divided.

  • Cap Matifou

    The nr.2 president had this to say:
    “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” John Adams 1826

    The nr3. president made this warning 200+ years ago:
    “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.” Thomas Jefferson 1802

  • Jorge Merlo

    Very illustrating to read such a diversity of points of view. I feel that the comment of MP (the German guy) is by fare the most relevant and his suggestions about the German social policies should be applied not to specific countries but to the world in general since the real danger comes from Climate Change caused by over consumption and waste. Humanity will not be saved by people distributing useless things like phonebooks, toys, fast food, etc. because what is killing the planet earth is precisely senseless consumption of its resources. An average American citizen uses up 90 times more energy than what some of us -the “banana country” people- do, yet we are much more satisfied with life; we are not killing the world; we are not inventing wars based in lies.
    Our non-capitalist concept is that in a civilized world every single human person should benefit, equally, from all human accomplishments. There is no point in competing between human beings like horses on a race track; that is a primitive and obsolete concept which can no longer take us anywhere as it did in the past. But, nowadays, could a golden computer provide us with a better internet information? There is nothing wrong with changing weapons for help towards other human beings who are in need. Life is a pleasurable gift for every one and it is not a racing track.
    Cordially, Jorge Merlo – Quito Ecuador.

  • Sithicus

    The problem with socialism is that eventually it always runs out of other people money. We’ve had 45 years of communism/socialsm here in Poland.

  • capitalism it’s not synonymous of Democracy!!!!

  • Tiny

    Is your name pronounced “Whore, hey”? When you say “Our non-capitalist concept is that in a civilized world every single human person should benefit, equally, from all human accomplishments.”

    Does that mean when I work 70 hours a week so I can give my family something special, that I also need to send you money so you can do something special for your family?

    I forget but did your ancestors fight and die for a free country to allow you to be, do, own, go, anywhere or anything at anytime? Or was that the goal of those people who eventually became Americans?

    There are those who have given you the answers to the source of the problem: the Central Bankers.

    Read “The Creature from Jekyll Island” before it’s too late.

  • Jorge Merlo

    Which “other” people, Sithicus? Humanity is one whole entity; there is no outsiders to it.
    Or do you believe that Mr. Gates, for instance, is some kind of celestial creature?

  • Hans

    Very tragic for all of you who are in this terrible situation.

    There were a few quite optimistic comments from Dutch people. Being Dutch myself, I totally disagree.
    We have yet another right wing government, which continues to ‘fight the crisis’ as they say we should. This means cutting on social security, NOT cutting on tax-benefits for the very rich, to give just an example. In the past healthcare-insurance was divided into two parts: an obligatory good basic public insurance and a private (more expensive) insurance for those who were were making more money than a certain income-treshold. Now we have only a private healthcare-insurance and cost has been going up ever since. Yes, the government supports the people who can not afford this insurance, but guess what, they’re cutting on that too…
    A couple of years ago the public electricty-companies, which were owned by the government, moved into private hands. Later they were sold to large foreign companies. Relying on foreign companies for your power supply? About the stupidest thing one can do. By the way, cost of electricity gone up and up and up…

    So what I see happen here is basically the same as in the USA. We’re just a little behind.


  • Jorge Merlo

    DON’T!!… Please don’t send me your money Tini, I enjoy your sense of humour but I already have more money than I’ll ever need as I also work 70/7.
    However, how about consulting your family whether they would be happier by swapping that unnecessary special something with the provision of a one year’s food and shelter for at least one hundred children whose mothers are having to become whores in order to prevent their families from dying, hey? Trust me, that would make of you a Big human being.

    Ancestors, lets face it, fought for their own greed, and in a historical context in which the world was considered to be an unlimited and undiscovered property of the kings. In doing so, they killed millions of other human beings -the original owners of America- under such petty excuses as saying that indians and blacks did not have a soul. Tiny people, hey?

    As I have been proposing, lets look at the current world as from a little higher altitude of a Google Earth’s view. We will then discover that the planet can no longer be divided in countries or families. It is either all of us working together, or the whole thing collapses. All excessive greed, consumption and waist must be stopped. That is all I am trying to say.

  • American-in-

    I’m an American living in South Korea. Nothing here like what I see in the US. That’s because Americans buy Hyundae, Kia, Samsung, LG and more. And your Congress just passed a new “free trade” bill with SK. Good for Koreans, bad for Americans. Your politicians sold you out folks. Get mad, get real angry or haven’t you had enough yet?

    Oh, btw: did you know the US military has 28,500 troops here in SK that your taxes are paying for? Have been for 60 years. And the US is trying to start a war with North Korea? Get mad, get real angry or haven’t you had enough yet?

  • Tony

    These are all very sad life stories. As a non-US citizen but a friend with extensive US experiences all I can say is that “unfortunately, things do happen in life”. Much of the US way of life in the 1990’s and early 2000’s resembled the very same facets of human errors in other places. Above all, a lot of buy now – pay later mentality. However, all of this WAS. I’ve been homeless 3 times in my life and each time made it back into the “normal setting” but did not have to go through such experiences with children to care about. Today, I look at those hard times as the most cherishing times of my life, because there and then I learned a thing or two about humility, personal discipline, kindness of other people and eventually, I learned to appreciate all the things that are usually taken as granted. But was there a deeper insight gained?

    Yes – nothing can be done about what is happening right now, because all has happened already, thus, do not dwell in the past – it will take away the so needed energy, ideas and ingenuity that is needed to simply survive for the time being.

    Question of economy and political leadership – learn from these experiences, one cannot change the politics, one cannot change the economy, things will inevitably first get a lot worse before they get better. But better they will get for sure. Look that you and your family are among those who have the energy to make a fresh start, once the conditions for this are given.

    Compassion – if you are in the need of help, ask for it but do not beg for it. If you are safe right now, really, never look down at others who suffer, there is indeed a vicious cycle of “what goes around, comes around”, thus to be compassionate is much wiser than being an arrogant know-it-all.

    Timing – this one is the toughest. It takes something in the order of 12 to 36 months to find one’s own way of absolute poverty, and then, it is only possible if the individual gives up his own “brain clouds” which are a mixture of illusions, advertisements, what others think is good for you and your own, personal dreams. Before you process the past you will not be able to process the present. As long you are not able to leave things and events behind you, hardly can you find a chance for a new start. Do not calculate about how much money you need in the order to live “whatever socially acceptable life”. Calculate about how to get back on your feet in phases – for success one needs many small success stories. Reinforce your self-awareness by small victories – if you managed to get a meal today – great, a small but important victory – will help your moral. It does sound crazy but homelessness is a major problem thus the solution for it are hard.

    Timing of the society – to reverse the social and economical pasts that been going on since the 1920’s it takes several years of time. A comparison are the transitional economies, aka, former communist run states which have failed. The truth is, it can take a generation (25 years) for things to get really better. Communities can make that change faster, but in general, anyone expecting truthful changes in the US economy in less than 5 years is indeed not realistic.

    Therefore, the individual in need, the family living in a tent city – program your mind that the whole affair may last 2-5 years.

    Things will get better for two reasons:

    1. What else? If things do not get better, then it is all done and over. Thus, there is no real choice there, is it?

    2. Human potential – the US still have an excellent human potential, which however needs to get rid of the media hype of whatever “dreams”, the expectations need to be lower, a vehicle is easily driven for 10 years, one does not live for the neighbors but for himself, his family and co-workers. There is still the typical Anglo-Saxon entrepreneurial spirit that can be found in the US (most places on this planet have no entrepreneurial spirit whatsoever) and the continent sized country has sufficient natural resources, patents, skills and last but not least, a market, where an economy can be rebuild.

    And the Americans shall rebuild their economy, I have no doubts in this. We will see others fail too, it is in the nature of such things.

    It will be a different economy, with different people. Perhaps, all this hardships will create a social setting which will resemble the post WW2 America, in which people knew to appreciate the good things in life, because they also made the experiences of the Great Depression, World War 2, rationing in the US and else.

    In the meantime, till the “motors of the society” get into full swing, individuals and families in need will have to survive for a couple more years.

    Be prepared for the “timing needed” in the order to have the needed strength to pull the whole thing through.

    Finally – always be aware of false prophets:

    – neither shall violence change things to the better

    – neither shall any Utopian form of a socialist, left wing economical policy help the people, it will destroy them like it did elsewhere

    – neither shall any single “great leader” who may promise the world deliver on his/hers promises

    In the end… things will work out fine.

    Wish I could help more than these few words.

  • We are where we are because on conservatism. They have succeeded in funneling all the wealth of the country to the top 10%. A conservative Republican and their failed philosophy is what has wrecked our country. Gary you need to move to China your socialize dream get out of America we need men not cry babies. BTW Gary I know you have trouble reading the truth but it was Billy Bob Clinton that gave us GATT and NAFTA DUH.

  • Just a few short years ago, 2005 to be exact, jobs in Omaha, Nebraska, were still plentiful.

    One divorced mother was struggling day in and day out to feed her children. In fact, she held 3 jobs! One to support each kid. Sure she never got to spend anytime with them but what the heck; guess she should have thought about that before she had them. What nerve.

    Anyway, one day this particular woman had the opportunity to convey her slow demise to selected white house resident, G.W. Bush. His reply…

    “You work three jobs? -Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that.”

    The going get tough, the tough get debt; don’t pay attention- pay the rent. Next of kin pay for your sins; a little faith should keep us safe-

    I want my country back!