Thursday, May 7, 2009

Camp America

Economic casualties pile into tent cities

For the economic homeless, the American ideal that education and hard work lead to a comfortable middle-class life has slipped out of reach. They're packing into motels, parking lots and tent cities, alternately distressed and hopeful, searching for work and praying their fortunes will change. "My parents always taught me to work hard in school, graduate high school, go to college, get a degree and you'll do fine. You'll do better than your parents' generation," Marshall says. "I did all those things. … For a while, I did have that good life, but nowadays that's not the reality."

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4 thoughts on “Camp America

  • “The American dream.”

    You have to be asleep to believe it!

    The goose got too fat.

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  • Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
    Please put a penny in the old man`s hat
    Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
    Please put a penny in the old man`s hat
    Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
    Please put a penny in the old man`s hat

    If you haven`t got a penny, a ha` penny will do,
    If you haven`t got a ha` penny, then God bless you.

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  • Crunchy,
    Parts of America are well & truly finished. I drove around touring for 5 months last summer and autumn and visited 18 States.
    Even Las Vegas was starting to feel the pinch and hotels were doing all sorts of cheap deals but when I got out to Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas the scenery had really changed. In East Texas some streets had 50% to 70% of their shops/businesses closed up and in Arizona new housing estates are 90% empty/unfinished.

    The boom days have definitely gone for quite a while in those parts and some areas were still in denial about whether the house price losses would hit there cities, their real estate guys are ten times worse than our EA’s for spouting endless [email protected] about how their nice little town will escape the house price crash.

    I do feel sorry for all the homeless though over there sleeping in cars and in shelters and it ain’t right to have to sell your blood to be able to eat food.

    I would be over there in a flash if they relaxed their visa rules a bit and brought medical costs down so they were affordable but I reckon I would be waiting a long, long time before that happened.

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  • Thanks lenny. It’s great to have an inside view from a HPCer.

    I think it will get worse and some know it, hence Obamas timely arrival. I think you can work that one out for yourself.

    Getting a bit tired of the opposition to truth on this site. Shame, because America was a great place to live. Lots of choices.

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