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60 MINUTES--- Hard Times Generation: Families Living in Cars

Society & Culture  (tags: homelessness, children, americans, economy, recession, usa, safety, society, freedoms, education, culture )

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60 Minutes returns to Florida, home to one third of America's homeless families, to find out what life is like for the epidemic's youngest survivors.

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Susanne R (234)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 6:12 pm
If the Wall Street Bankers want to see the results of their actions, they need look no further than the remarkable kids being interviewed by Scott Pelley. Why is it that good kids and their families are living in cars and trucks while the bankers, who were instrumental in causing the crisis, were bailed out with our tax dollars, and then gave themselves huge raises and bonuses on our dime? They don't an iota of integrity compared to these kids! If anyone wants to know WHY protesters are occupying Wall Street, read this article for just one of the many good reasons they're doing it! Instead of laughing at the protesters while toasting one another with champagne or tossing applications for employment at McDonald's at them, the bankers should be on their knees begging for forgiveness. They're not worthy of the air they breathe...

H Nick H (1826)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 7:00 pm
Susanne, the Wall Street brokers could care less. In fact, they laugh all the way to the bank with their profits on the backs of others. It's a sad commentary on the power and greed of today. This has to change, and change soon. Or it will become much worse than even we can imangine. God help us.

Agnes N (703)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 7:07 pm
Thanks Cal...

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 8:37 pm
Like the sign says.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 28, 2011, 5:33 am
sadly noted

Carol H (229)
Monday November 28, 2011, 6:23 am
sadly noted, thanks Cal

Tom R (23)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:30 am
What a sad commentary that in this country, families must have to do this?? The government and/or governor of Florida should step in and help in any way they can. Every person deserves their own spot (place) and a car shouldnt be it.

Kristen H (25)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:54 am
thanks for posting.

Janet D (10)
Monday November 28, 2011, 12:28 pm
The state of this country is apalling. When people are pepper sprayed in line for an XBOX or protesting peacefully somewhere, when people are being arrested for handing food out to the hungry and homeless (Orlando and Las Vegas), when families have to live in their vehicles or resort to making dumpsters their alternate roof (how do they ever bathe?), and when we keep sending billions of dollars overseas to help other countries when we can't even take care of our own first, it's a total shambles. We need to choose wisely next election.

glenda b (2)
Monday November 28, 2011, 1:18 pm
I Know everybody thinks this country is great, but I wonder how many more people have to be homeless before we as country says ENOUGH, this has got end...!!!!!!! I don't think that this country be so great if I was living in a car.

Mary D (47)
Monday November 28, 2011, 2:26 pm
Thanks Cal.

These sorts of posts have been around for a few years; I agree with some of the comments above; do we think politicians can help to solve this mess--they have been trying for about four years, and things seem to have got worse.

Craig Z (86)
Monday November 28, 2011, 4:49 pm
Compare this to the TRILLIONS of dollars that banks received from the Federal Reserve and the Federal Government after the crash.

Sharon F (0)
Monday November 28, 2011, 5:19 pm
Thanks to '60 Minutes' for this and other good stories lately. They have been good, informtive programs. What is wrong with us, that we let this happen to our children, yet waste so many $ on warmongering (which is doing more harm than good).

Catherine T (192)
Monday November 28, 2011, 7:31 pm
i watched and told everyone on facebook to watch. i'll never understand why people care more about their homes and cars than they do about kids like these.

Fred K (34)
Monday November 28, 2011, 8:49 pm
Sounds like time for an Americathon! (Watch the movie to see what I mean!)

Lloyd H (46)
Monday November 28, 2011, 9:43 pm
America, supposedly the richest, most powerful democary in the world has 1/3 of its people lving in poverty, allows 45,000 of its citizens to die each year due to not beingable to access afordable health care and if you thing that the Plutocrats and their political hanchmen of the Repug/Tea Bagged Party give a damn you are either brain dead or one of them. The .1-1% have more wealth and income than all of the lowesr 50% combined and they want it all and the Repug/Tea Bagged are hellbent on makong sure that they get it.

Patricia N (9)
Monday November 28, 2011, 11:00 pm
Watched this on Sunday. All those children putting up their hands when asked how many were living in cars. A terrible stain on the U.S. which calls itself the best country in the world. And all the parents who were so afraid they would lose their children if the authorities discovered they were all living in a car. But one heartwarming thing in that piece....the two wonderful children by that truck.

zora b (85)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 12:08 am
These children are amazing.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 5:52 am
Very well said Susanne. I am grateful of any program that is exposing this issue that too often is swept under the rug. I had seen this program but believe me I see it every day as I live in Central Florida not far from where this program took place.

My own daughter and grandchild had to move in with me the first of the month as she just can't find work no matter how hard she is trying. Florida has been hit very hard and I do believe that it was stated on the program that 1/3 of all the homeless in the Country are right here in Florida.

That does not surprise me as I see the vehicles lining up at night at our local Wal-Mart to bed down for the night, I see the people coming out of the woods to find food and water for the beginning of their new day. We have people all over with backpacks on, signs for need food and job, and yet all this Tea Bag Governor is doing is creating more unemployment.

I must say much of the problem lies at the feet of those who created the conditions, the Wall St., the Corporate Theives, the do nothing's in Washington, and if they do something it is FOR the Corporations and Bankers and AGAINST the average American. But there is also a quote I'd like to share.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

And it is Evil when you create conditions that cause so many such hardship that we are having children now showing up in hospitals in a state of slow starvation, the soldiers after being sent to protect special interests do not even have jobs to come home from these special interests groups that don't care, the home stolen from so many, job lost, the theivary that has robbed this Country and the good people in it has been unprecidented in history.......that is indeed evil.

So good people rise up, join in, become the solution to changing things around. They may have money but we have our strength in numbers. Join a local Occupy group, if you are not sure where go to the link provided below. There are also other groups doing things, google The Coffee Party, The Rebuild a Dream, and be a part of your local communities and form groups to combat this. Vote, be informed in your voting, and don't back down.

Brenda T (0)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 6:19 am
Noted with sadness.

bob m (32)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 8:21 am

Surely McDuck cares eh?
Illegals will probably be living in Gov. financed condos before these two are responded to.
Seems to be the American way lately.
The doubletalk, hypocracy , greed and sure to follow bafflegab are rampant.

pam M (98)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 1:13 pm
This is a travesty that American citizens are living in the streets, while fat cat bankers beg for handouts. This is what I and the occupy movement have been talking about. It's not about getting a hand out as that idiot Mr Cain, keeps chanting its about fair play. Its about these big banks maybe taking a loss on falling home values to lower the payment so a family can keep their home and not end up in the street. They're taking a loss anyway with the home sitting empty and loan not receiving some type of payment . . what the hell. As long as Americans sit idly by and hope that the suited knuckle dragging banking execs will suddenly get some morals and character, probably through osmosis, they will continue to fill their pockets with our tax money. All the while selling off foreclosures to the opportunistic jackals who use this calamity as a stepping stone to new found wealth.

Eddie O (95)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 2:21 pm
How can the big CEO's, Republicans, Tea Partiers, etc... turn a blind eye to what's going on in America??? And, with the OWS standing up in such unity throughout our country, there is absolutely no excuse for not being aware of what's going on, and why the 99% are so upset. A bumper sticker several years ago said: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention!" Now, there's certainly no excuse for not paying attention as it's totally in our faces everywhere.

Obviously, Obama is the only one, with a chance of being elected President, who even talks the talk about helping out the middle class. And, hopefully, he can gain enough support in the House and Senate to actually be able to make tremendous progress after his next election. We've had way more than enough of road blocks, and the Party of No, and now it's time for a Party of Yes, Yes for the health, prosperity, well-being, education, job creation, etc., of the Middle Class, instead of us just catering to the super rich.

Thank you Cal for posting this article.

Nelson B (0)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 4:29 pm
It is so sad that anyone in this country has to live in these conditions. My heart goes out to them, especially the children. It makes me mad the Republicans keep trying to increase the fortunes of the rich and could care less about the people in these dire straits.

Caroline V (16)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 5:33 pm
I did not realise how badly families are affected by the recession in US until I read this article. I hope things will improve soon.

Sue M (79)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 5:44 pm
should make the bankers live like this for a couple of months.

Letitia N (6)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 4:28 am
Where are bankrupt people meant to live if not in their cars. Second hand cardboard boxes are hard to come by these Days. I guess the banksters have them all?

bob m (32)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 8:41 am

No; they'll be hustling them at walmart soon enough; cardboard condos. ..with gun deals to boot ....ah America.

bob m (32)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 8:49 am

Heard a corpozombie today say...without competition , people will do nothing....this from Camelot land.
this Daytona mentality in the middle to lower "classes" plus the untouchable topa the pyramid illuminati factor will continue to garentee a 10 % likelyhood that anything will ever change; or that this suicidal relationship with creation will turn around.... Maranatha.

Helle H (21)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 9:15 am
This is horrible. The "rich"countries spend a lot of taxmoney to the third world, and forget about our selves.

LeMoyn S (88)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 10:40 am
Get up, Stand up, go Occupy something; knowing going in, the suppressor oppressors will sic their trade mark thugs on you and anyone else that threatens to disrupt their planetary and human plunder to support the opulent life style to which only they could possible be accustomed. Oh ya and be aware they’ll spare no expense of Tax Payer money to do their bidding. What local and state budgetary shortfalls are we talking about here when they can find the money to pay OT for thousands of thugs? I guess they can always fire more teachers, cut back on school lunches and social services.

Cathy N (0)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 11:51 am
~No one or no family should have to live like this!!~With all the money sent to aid foreign countries, why can't we have money to take care of our own?~We need to take care of our own first!!~

Letitia N (6)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 4:12 pm
No families should have to live in cars! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Did our pollies forget who elected them?

Check out Julia Gillard if you care to....The wizard of Oz now makes more than Barack Obama.

Letitia N (6)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 4:16 pm

Holly L (430)
Friday December 2, 2011, 4:28 pm
Did see the program..such a heartbreaker. The children have suc hwonderful, positive attitudes ..wonderful youngsters!

Catherine T (192)
Friday December 2, 2011, 6:56 pm
UPDATE: Stetson University saw Arielle wearing one of their shirts and offered the family assistance as well as scholarships for the kids.

bob m (32)
Saturday December 3, 2011, 2:20 pm

In defence of the pepper spray lady.
The competitive ethos is USA seems to know no end.. like the land rushes...high speed variations of MMA and
no such thing as someone else was here first... this woman may have had previous tramplings at the court of the crimson panic attack traditional sop of culture.; where things outvalue people every time.

KS G (0)
Sunday December 4, 2011, 3:59 am
Thanks for the article.
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