posted on Mar, 18 2008 @ 04:54 AM
I tried to read this entire thread. I really did. But pages kept adding as I read.
Anyway, first off, I wanted to say that I hope you kids that think you have it all figure out have a great escape planned or a solid family fortune to
fall back on. I have been there several times. I've had several great jobs dematerialize before my eyes. 12 years on a job, moved for better pay,
flying high, then cutbacks... see ya. Coupla hard months, then another good job, kept the house... business went under. Bye bye. Another great
job... Corporate "accounting irregularity" scandal. Everyone lost their asses. Finally lost my house in the midwest.
Moved to So Cal because it's the only place I can get a decent wage. Living in LA. Making enough to pay crazy rent. Just enough. My wife and I
have a 1BR in a quad-plex. The rent is fully half of my income. The other half is utilities and insurance, and we scrape by on her income for food
If you think you're safe, you're not paying attention. You guys talk about "just move somewhere cheaper." Are you all waitresses and waiters or
something? My job doesn't just "move" with me.
That all being said, I would like to interject something about this topic at hand. I live in LA. I listen to NPR from Pasadena here, because I
can't stand getting my news from the windbags that fuel the hate that you people have for the less fortunate.
In any case, the NPR stories are usually much less sensational and usually more fair than most MSM. The story that they have been telling is not one
of an increase in homlessness necessarily, but more like one of migration of the homeless to this new "friendly" environment.
There are literally thousands of people living in RVs trying to find somewhere to park where they will not be hassled. Thousands. And those are
people that are lucky enough to have RVs.
So this locality (which is quite far from LA, BTW) decided to open a small safe area for their local homeless as a safe refuge. It was a noble idea,
but the word spread. Now they have homeless migrating from all over to this safe area. Now they have a system in place where they are giving new
arrivals a few days to prove that they have local ties to the ONtario< CA area. Otherwise, they are going to be moved out.
It's really a case of a bad idea gone wrong.
But either way, there is no reason to be so mean toward people who have made mistakes in their life or have been unfairly treated. Unless you happen
to be lucky or you come from serious money, this will probably happen to you at some point. It doesn't make you a bad person or stupid. But it does
give Rush Limpbag something to hate, which is what fuels you people anyway.