Tuesday August 26, 2014, 9:31 pm
This is just sad. This is what happens when you have the very wealthy buying politicians for campaign contributions, enabling them to keep wages low and unions out.
There is no social safety net to speak of anymore and instead of a "war on poverty," we have a "war on the poor." More and more cities are "outlawing homelessness" and the mainstream media refuses to pay any attention to the problem.
The way the United States is going, these seniors are probably lucky they have an RV to live in rather than cardboard box.
Yet the United States spent $1735 billion on war in 2012, while it would take as little as $135 billion to completely eradicate poverty. Where are our priorities?
I see so many Care2 folks care about this problem as well ~
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 9:33 am
And if you don't think this is your future think again......I see it all around me, people with walkers, canes, coming out of vehicles they have slept in. The youth are having a hard time finding work, well those 50 and up out of the job market are considered worthless today.....unless as the article states, they can fill in for low wages and hard jobs seasonal jobs.
I see more and more with white hair working for the big box stores, standing on their feet long hours for low pay, bagging groceries. They are not doing it "for fun" most by now would love to be sitting out in the sunshine or swinging the golf club around.
I suppose it's easy when you live in the ivory tower and the bubble around oneself to feel smug and quote on the statistics of how well this stock is doing or that stock is doing and this looks good and that looks good. It is meaningless to those who have been pushed out of society, many having worked all their lives, served in the military, raised children, took care of their Elders, now with no home to call their own and the safety that also affords the Elders. Not only is it hard work, but they are easy targets, their health requires they eat better, or a place to store their medications, if they can get them.
As John Trudell has pointed out and asked the youth......"Look at your Elders.....does this look like a system in fact that worked for them?" "Ask them, how hard they worked to get to that place."
You do your fellow Americans a dis-service repeating the same old cliques about American exceptionalism and the greatest Country in the world.......for that means you have your rose colored glasses on and are truly failing to "make it a great place to be.......for ALL Americans. This keeps your brothers and sisters in a place they can't get out of..... There are too many suffering, there are reasons for that beyond they made a poor choice......and even if it was a poor choice, there should never be a bottom one doesn't go below, and a poor choice shouldn't doom one forever......that there should always be opportunities for people.....and the Elders and Disabled should ALWAYS be protected........none of them should be without a home, food, heat, and the medical care they need. If all our Elders were taken care of that way, and our older Americans had the dignity and respect they deserve, then we can start talking a different tune.
"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped." Hubert H. Humphrey
We are failing on all counts, to our children, our Elders and the Disabled, many of the last two are Veterans.
Shameful......take the rose colored glasses off Americans.......we can be and should be a better Country than what we are today.
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 12:22 pm
Noted, tweeted, and shared. Many people are going to be unpleasantly surprised when they reach retirement age. They haven't planned enough for the years they will live or they have lost jobs and retirement, stocks, bonds, and savings because of the Great Recession. This doesn't seem to bother the GOP Tea Partiers, but I am sure it will bother the average middle class individual who will have to work to survive in a very humble fashion when they are in their 70's.
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 1:23 pm
The way this is written, the attention to and sharing of details, it almost reads like satire. But of course it isn't. So, add humiliation to the list of challenges. Or keep working, even harder, on getting out the vote now.
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 2:23 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Susan & Dandelions' comments were both excellent. It is deeply concerning that public pension funds are being gambled in the stock market. Those who thought they were planning for retirement are having the rug pulled out from under them by the greedy rich. I am beyond disgust.