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How One GOP Plutocrat Helped Make 20,000 Kids Homeless

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Homelessness in New York has skyrocketed, thanks in part to years of conservative policy predicated on right-wing ideology

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Daniel Partlow (179)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:49 pm
How sad!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:14 am
The people in that administration need a "Prince and the Pauper" experience. That would be educational for them.

Lois J (63)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:08 pm
Noted. It's always the innocent paying the biggest price in the continual support of the already wealthy. They have evil in their souls.

Robert O (12)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:22 pm
I sure they're happy with themselves for the misery they're causing. Let that be on their conscience.

patrica and edw jones, why not put the blame where it really belongs on the elitist members of the GOP and 1% instead of resorting to nationalism and protectionism and anti-immigrant sentiment?

Susanne R (235)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:57 am
According to the article:

"The rate of homeless families who used federal subsidies fell to the low single digits. According to Giselle Routhier, policy analyst for Coalition for the Homeless, "In fiscal year 2010, at a time of then record homelessness, homeless families received only 2 percent of the 5,500 available public housing apartments and only 3 percent of 7,500 Section 8 vouchers."

It also states:

"Some [children] end up sleeping in subway trains," Patrick Markee, senior policy analyst at Coalition for the Homeless, tells AlterNet. "Some go to hospital emergency rooms or laundromats. Women are going back to their batterers or staying in unsafe apartments."

Is this what we want for America? We need to help people provide for their children who, by the way, should NOT, under any circumstances, have to live such hopeless and pathetic lives. We then need to give their parents the tools they need to improve their conditions, become gainfully employed, and set a good example for their children so that the cycle of poverty and dependence can end. This is an investment that can pay off big in the long run.

Rose B (141)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:12 am

Kathleen R (138)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:44 pm
read & noted

Vicky P (476)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:23 pm
horrible :/

Mary D (47)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:26 pm
Thanks Cal

And these events are happening in the world's richest country--so much for equality.

Dorothy N (63)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:40 pm
I'd very much like to register my horror at this sadistic inhuman disease that apparently passes as a person holding public office, but I'm really too angry and sickened to come up with anything much in the way of a comment.

Rin S (10)
Monday December 3, 2012, 7:25 pm
How disgusting. There must be a massive change.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday December 3, 2012, 9:18 pm
Thank you Cal for bringing more exposure to this situation. I did a story on it myself a half year ago and still the grave situation for these people continue on. This is shameful and cruel to people and really doesn't have to be. If anyone would like to view the Democracy Now piece that was done on this go to.
Democracy Now Link on NYC Homeless

Scott haakon (4)
Monday December 3, 2012, 9:43 pm
That was a very poorly written article. The slant was one of cry baby sentimentality. That does not gather widespread sympathy esp in a bad economic climate. Many working American see welfare in all it's manifestations as cheating. The GOP has turned this into a moral argument not without some truth.
Let's face it many people rich and poor "game" the system. The difference is that the rich get not only disposable income but profits on the money they invest. Poor people get vouchers and perhaps more food stamps. The fact that the taxpayer does support the voucher system and the subsidized housing is not lost on the GOP.
What if we sent the children to boarding schools? Many Americans would be upset. Why? Because we have been acculturated to believe the idea is the standard family that never was. But would that not give education as well as stability?
The wealthy have boarding schools and tutors and equipment. No matter how bright a lower class person is they are still hampered by remaining in the lower class's cultural hold. That hold means conforming to anti-social elements to survive.
The GOP wants children to be born for two reasons economic and philosophic. Economics having the greatest weight. Why? Customers,workers and soldiers. And the best way to keep them down on the poor side of town is to limit what they can do to get out of their predicament.
Technology is breaking that notion. In time the progress of technology will make even more job classifications obsolete. The GOP has lived in the Growth is good times. What does the society do when a good percentage is virtually unemployable. This is not like the 1800's where a person could get a clean start. Many heroes of the 19th century would be considered criminals by today's standards. Today one's history is but a click away.


Robert T (62)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 3:48 pm
Cal, thanks for submitting this.

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:00 am
I am so close to homelessness I wonder if I will just have heart attack and I don't care if I do.

Hartson D (39)
Friday December 7, 2012, 9:58 am
"Where are the work houses?"
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