Soon these shadowy, unknown people transform into myths and urban legends to terrify us. We associate them with violence, theft, and sexual deviation. We run from the shadows, like children afraid of the dark… refusing to look into the darkness and see what is really there.
Tag Archives: economy
People are starting to feel that the end of the recession is near, if not over. So, will empathy for people living on our streets be sustained?
I am no longer surprised when I receive an email from a nonprofit group announcing their dissolution of operations. More and more charity groups are going out of business. Typically, these organizations are small, with little capacity to weather this current economic storm.
Is Osama Bin Laden really dead? How about Elvis Presley? The conspiracy theories go on and on, as if movie director Oliver Stone is looking for more story plots.
How about this one? There is a conspiracy in this country to intentionally keep 643,000 Americans homeless (the total number of people experiencing homelessness).
Popular centrist Matt Miller has joined the chorus against health care and pension programs for seniors, i.e., Social Security and retirement benefits for state public employees. They’ve saddled the government with obligations that leave it without “the cash or flexibility to address emerging non-elderly needs.”
He’s not the only one to pit the interests of seniors against those of the younger generation. Stephen Marche, for example, styles spending on Social Security and Medicare as “The War Against Youth.” The baby boomers, he says, are “eating the young at the dinner table.”
Public and private sector leaders arrived at this year’s National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) conference knowing that change would be the paramount topic. With a fragile, ever-changing economy that has drastically affected hurting Americans and the agencies that care for them, the notion of embracing change comes as no surprise.
All my life I’ve paid my bills. Mortgage, credit card, car payment, electricity bill. I used to think it was because I was responsible, because I was taught at a young age to pay my debts.
Given the current difficult economy, I wonder if it is really because I was just plain lucky. Lucky to have a solid education, gainful employment, sufficient savings. Enough to pay rent and buy food at the grocery store.
Huffington Post blogger Arthur Delaney has been hammering on an important fact about the just-passed temporary extension of long-term unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. It won’t fully extend benefits for everyone who’s getting them now.
By the time the temporary extension expires, workers in 11 states will have lost their benefits, he writes, even though they won’t have reached the maximum they’d have been entitled to in early December.
The latest Census reports sparked a lot of media attention to poverty in America — the issue’s annual 15 minutes of fame.
No surprise to anyone that the poverty rate rose last year — even when measured by the very low poverty thresholds based on food costs.
I’m not acutely distressed by the fact that Super Committee members couldn’t cut a deal.
The Democrats had moved so far to the right that whatever deal got enough Republicans on board would probably have been worse than the automatic spending cuts the no-deal will trigger — assuming Congress lets them happen.
In one respect, however, the stalemate disappoints me.