• Homeless Guy’s Sign, Four Blocks from Koch Brothers’ Apartment

    July 11, 2015

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    There’s a homeless man I see from time to time near where I live. He sometimes begs for money. Sometimes people give him food, sometimes he forages in the trash. There’s his sign, written on the lid of an old cooler.

    In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a nation that has allocated $1.57 trillion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $92.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, we don’t have much to offer this guy.

    There are about 3,357 unsheltered people living on New York’s streets, like the guy who wrote the sign shown here, a six percent rise from 2013 to 2014. There are luckier ones. New York has 53,615 people who live in homeless shelters.

    At the same time, overall property values for those who have places to live rose 10.4 percent across New York. Between 2003 and 2013, the number of New Yorkers with a net-worth of over $30 million rose higher than any other city in the world besides Singapore and Hong Kong,

    We are willing to send humanitarian aid to Iraq and Syria, but not to our homeless in America. There’s your story for today.




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    • jim hruska said...

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      pvb,
      i’m a 100% service connected vet and a VA patient advocate told me yesterday that there were no funds for my needed contract(out sourced)care required for my injuries.
      this is the veterans equivalent of sleeping in a dumpster.
      my injuries are never gonna go away but a homeless guy may find a place to live.
      jim

      07/11/15 8:57 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Jim, I am very sorry for what is happening to you. Our country is rich enough to help you, the homeless guys, and so many others, if our government just cared to do so.

      07/11/15 9:07 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt#/media/File:FDR_in_1933.jpg
      ” … Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with (Destitutional Duarchy)… UNLE$$ we make ‘our’ current ‘Ranklin’ DeMan0 Rusevelt Do IT! OR Mebbe Bernie.

      07/11/15 12:10 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      4

      Empathy deficiency- It’s been a raging epidemic in America for decades regardless of our so called official reigning Christian ethos.

      07/11/15 1:09 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a nation that has allocated $1.57 trillion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $92.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, we don’t have much to offer this guy. ” unquote

      Murka’s answer:
      “Yes we do. The finger. Get a job ya lazy bum. Whattaya think we are..rich? I pay my taxes so you can get a free ride? Not in my universe. Now beat it before I call the cops.”

      I hear my sisters family say this type crap on their Facebook all the time. That’s why I don’t speak to them anymore. Typical middle class Republican bullshit. But war? They’re all for it. Gotta kill all those Mooslims. They’d deport every immigrant in America if they could too. How soon they forget..their grandfather was an Irish immigrant. They don’t want to hear it though. Shame on my family.

      07/11/15 1:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

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      The solution for homelessness is to help people have homes! The cost is less than the mindless persecution in which we indulge now, and we might start to recover what is left of our moral character.

      07/11/15 5:53 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Update. CHRONIC empathy deficiency epidemic. Once most become financially comfortable they seem determined to hold on to every penny-never loosening the purse strings for the less forunate or even wishing them well. Their mantra is, “I got mine buddy, Go screw yourself.” The mantra of the well off.

      07/11/15 8:35 PM | Comment Link

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