Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Return of Hoovervilles

I really can't believe that I've lived to see this day. Only eight short years ago myself along with many other Americans were doing very well economically. The end result of greed and short-sightedness is the return of makeshift villages of homeless people. Men, women, children, whole families, whites, blacks, Latinos — everyone is there. This is just disgusting. And you need to go to the BBC to see the story. Those that voted for Bush need look no futher than themselves to see who to blame.

From the BBC:
"Tent city highlights US homes crisis" —

Last summer, local officials established this camp as a temporary base for the city's homeless population, then around two dozen.

But word spread and now some 300 people live here. It has an air of scruffy permanence, and indeed, city officials say there are no current plans to close it down.
But one man, who did not give his name, said he and his family were living in Tent City because they were victims of America's foreclosure crisis. It came down to "feeding my family or keeping the house", he said, "so I got rid of the house".


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