Saturday, December 18, 2010
Down and out in America...
Homeless and Alone in the Land of Milk and Honey
S. Paul Forrest
...After a lifetime of effort in the chase for their piece of the pie, some Americans are finding themselves out in the cold, having lost their jobs and their dreams in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Some have fallen victim not only to Wall Street’s suspect derivative trading and over speculation in a system that could not support such monetary betting, but to a banking system that manipulated loan rates when looked to and trusted by home buyers for professional guidance.
Many of these unfortunate people are quickly finding themselves added to the homeless numbers of America. Many are trying to survive the current economic depression by seeking federal assistance, but have found, much to their dismay, that government programs, one of their only rays of hope during their time of tribulation, are being taken by the same group of people who assisted in their demise: Congress.
Those responsible for the economic plunge are trying to phase out social systems that provide those who are suffering a lifeline in the ocean of betrayal in which they are drowning. Even worse, it seems not to matter to those surviving the current economic disaster. The “Haves” are scrambling to protect their own by supporting a political bureaucracy that has abandoned the "Have Nots." Like prisoners protecting their plate of food, these people are surrendering conscience for three-squares and a warm cot of their own...